On June 6, starting at 6:30 pm, Paul Hutton will present his program on Why is this Man Forgotten?. “The state capital of Nevada, several counties, a national forest, a mountain peak, parks, an important Colorado military installation, hotels, motels restaurants and streets in various cities are all named for [Kit Carson]… He is honored with monuments in Denver and Trinidad, Colorado, as well as Santa Fe, New Mexico. Why then, has his reputation failed to retain its once lofty position in the American mind?”
Paul Andrew Hutton is an American cultural historian, award-winning author, documentary writer, and television personality. He serves as Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, has published widely in both scholarly and popular magazines, and is a six-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award and six-time winner of the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for his print and film writing. His Phil Sheridan and His Army (1985) received the Billington Prize from the Organization of American Historians, the Evans Biography Award, and the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. He is also the editor of Western Heritage (2011), Roundup (2010), Frontier and Region (1997), The Custer Reader (1992), Soldiers West (1987), and the ten-volume Eyewitness to the Civil War series from Bantam Books (1991-1993).
From 1977 to 1984 he was associate editor of the Western Historical Quarterly, from 1985 to 1991 was editor of the New Mexico Historical Review, and from 1990-2006 served as Executive Director of the Western History Association. Hutton was also President of Western Writers of America from 2002-2004. He has written several short films for state and national parks as well as a dozen television documentaries and has appeared in over 300 television programs on CBS, NBC, PBS, BBC, Fox, Discovery, the History Channel and other networks. In 2003 he was historical consultant for the Ron Howard film The Missing, in 2010 repeated that role in Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens, and again in 2016 on Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun.
He has also been active as a public historian with museums, guest curating major exhibits in 1985 on the Alamo at the DeGolyer Library in Dallas, in 1996 on the Custer legend at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, in 2002 on Davy Crockett at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, in 2007 on Billy the Kid at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and in 2017 on the history of New Mexico filmmaking again for the Albuquerque Museum.
His latest book, The Apache Wars, published by Crown in May 2016, received the 2017 Western Writers of America Spur Award for best nonfiction.