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 Pageant begins rehearsals; all welcome

MEEKER 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 pageant has new director(s)

MEEKER I Most grateful that the news came later instead of never, Meeker Range Call director Kim Ekstrom announced Friday that a new director had surfaced for the annual Range Call Pageant, which brings to life the story of the Meeker Massacre at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds during the Fourth of July weekend.

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 salute to veteran Meeker pageant crew and cast

MEEKER I Welcome to Meeker and the 127th Range Call celebration. We hope that you will enjoy our 2012 and 74th annual presentation of “The Twilight of the Ute Empire.”

The Meeker Pageant: “Twilight of the Ute Empire”

The Meeker Pageant will start at dusk on the Fourth of July.

MEEKER I We welcome you to Meeker and the 127th Range Call celebration, and hope that you will enjoy our 2012 presentation of “The Twilight of the Ute Empire.” On behalf of the cast and production staff, I would like to share with you how the pageant came to be, and has been enjoyed by […]

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.

Twilight of the Ute Empire

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MEEKER I We welcome you to Meeker and the 126th Range Call celebration and hope that you will enjoy our 2011 presentation of “The Twilight of the Ute Empire.” On behalf of the cast and production staff, I would like to share with you how the pageant came to be, and has been enjoyed by […]

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.