The history of the Range Call Pageant ~ Reviving the Past

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The Meeker Massacre Pageant started in 1938, when the American Legion Auxiliary asked Laroy Purdy to organize the show.

Range Call Pageant rehearsals set

RBC I Now that the Meeker Range Call will have the Range Call Pageant with a lineup of directors and helpers, a rehearsal schedule has been set up.

Range Call desperate for new director

MEEKER I Tradition is tough to surrender. But the possibility of that happening is a serious reality as the Meeker Range Call committee searches for an individual or individuals to direct the Range Call Pageant during the Fourth of July weekend.

Keeping traditions alive…

The story starts out with Ute children at play and ends up with the White River Agency burning. The Meeker Massacre Pageant “Twilight of the Ute Empire,” a major part of the Range Call weekend in Meeker, is all about what happened in between. Indian agent Nathan C. Meeker started

A history of the Meeker Massacre Pageant

The Meeker Pageant will start at dusk Friday, July 5 at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds in Meeker.

Editor’s note: A cornerstone of each year’s Range Call celebration is the re-enactment of the Meeker Massacre. The pageant was first presented in 1938 and has undergone considerable changes over the years as can be seen from this story, published in the July 4, 1968 edition of the Meeker Herald:

History and Leadership of Pageant 2013

Highlights include a Wild West Variety Show and the Meeker Massacre Pageant (a theatrical re-enactment of the so-called Meeker Massacre.

MEEKER I All are welcomed to Meeker and the 128th Range Call celebration, and it is hoped that you will enjoy the 2013 presentation of “The Twilight of the Ute Empire.”

What’s in a name? Dispelling the controversy about the Meeker Pageant

MEEKER I An unfortunate controversy has arisen concerning the title of the annual historical pageant in which allegations have been made based on inaccurate information.

Letter to the Editor: Keep the name of the pageant the same

Dear Editor: It was interesting to me that Dolly Viscardi, in her column a couple of weeks ago, used my Uncle Roy (LaRoy) Purdy to reinforce an argument for changing the name of the Meeker Massacre Pageant to the Meeker Pageant. Needless to say, I knew Roy Purdy very well.

Loose Ends: This is not what we remember

The following column appeared in the Herald Times before the Utes returned to the White River Valley and it caused many people to talk about the future of the Meeker Pageant. Some questioned my reasoning and tried to turn it into an “us vs. them” argument.

Make history by directing the Range Call pageant

MEEKER — The Range Call Committee is looking for a volunteer pageant director.