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Lowell Ellsworth Smith: My Theology of Painting

May 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am - July 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Ohio watercolorist and Prix de West winner, Lowell Ellsworth Smith (1924-2008), once referenced his theology of painting during an interview. Short but meaningful, the phrase summarized his relationship with art. It was more than a hobby or pastime. More than a career. It was the lens through which he saw and experienced the world.   Lowell Ellsworth Smith: My Theology of Painting explores this personal process and approach. Featuring watercolor studies and Smith’s own words and observations, it introduces the…

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Wide Open Wednesdays

August 3 @ 10:00 am - November 16 @ 5:00 pm

Free admission courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Occurs every Wednesday from August 3 - November 16.

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Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail

August 20 @ 10:00 am - October 23 @ 5:00 pm

The labor force that built the first trans-continental railroad reflected the colorful diversity of the American West in the 1860’s. This exhibition poignantly reflects that dynamic era, in part, through the display of numerous wardrobes worn by main characters on the AMC series Hell on Wheels, 2011-2016. “A nation which nearly destroyed itself by civil war between North and South can only be healed by the binding together of the East and West.” Thomas ‘Doc’ Durant, Hell on Wheels,first scene…

Become a Museum Docent Class

August 22 @ 9:00 am - November 14 @ 10:15 am

BECOME A MUSEUM DOCENT Share Your Love of the West New Volunteer Docent Class Begins August 22nd Are you looking for an exciting way to challenge yourself, learn something new, and share your passion for the American West? Become a Museum Docent! Begin by registering for our Western History and Museums class on Monday mornings from 9:00-10:15 a.m., starting August 22nd and continuing through November 14th. Docent Rolene Ricketts of Yukon, Oklahoma, shares insights with students visiting the Museum’s Native…

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Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains

August 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - May 14, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

War bonnets are an iconic image of the American West, yet the truth behind these emblematic items is more complex than the name would indicate. Going back centuries, feather headdresses played a formalized role in both war and ritual with large and subtle variants in style, use, and design.  This exhibit explores the history and development of the Native American bonnet with a particular emphasis on the “flared” style—the most recognizable and commonly worn North American Great Plains bonnet.  Headdresses,…

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Western Movie Matinee: Nevada Smith

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Cowboy as Anti-Hero Series, September 28 – October 19 The anti-Western’s creation of the cowboy introduced an iteration of social bandits and rebels, paralleling those in the old dime novels from 1865 – 1880. Assistant Director and Chief Curator Mike Leslie shares insights about his choices before these screenings of American bad boys. Join us for these terrific “staff picks.” Popcorn provided. The Museum is admission free to all on Wide Open Wednesdays, courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. THIS WEEK:…

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Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Daily until October 1, 2016

A major undertaking of the Rodeo Historical Society, the annual Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend celebrates the accomplishments of Rodeo Hall of Fame inductees and the Ben Johnson Memorial Award and Tad Lucas Memorial Award recipients. The cocktail reception is September 30 and October 1 is the Inductee Panel Discussion and the Champions’ Dinner, where the Rodeo Historical Society announces its annual inductees. Inductee Panel Discussion is free to members or with Museum admission. Reservations and tickets are required for…

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Bank of America Museums on Us Weekend

October 1 - October 2
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An event every 1 month(s) on that lasts 1 day(s) and 24 hour(s) with no end date

The Museum welcomes Bank of America customers taking advantage of Museums on Us the first full weekend of every month. Any ATM, credit or check card from Bank of America provides free general admission for the cardholder. For more details visit, http://museums.bankofamerica.com/mobile

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Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend

October 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Daily until October 1, 2016

A major undertaking of the Rodeo Historical Society, the annual Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend celebrates the accomplishments of Rodeo Hall of Fame inductees and the Ben Johnson Memorial Award and Tad Lucas Memorial Award recipients. The cocktail reception is September 30 and October 1 is the Inductee Panel Discussion and the Champions’ Dinner, where the Rodeo Historical Society announces its annual inductees. Inductee Panel Discussion is free to members or with Museum admission. Reservations and tickets are required for…

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Saturdays for Kids – Cowboy Up!

October 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Create a championship belt buckle and participate in other activities in honor of Rodeo Hall of Fame’s Rodeo Weekend. This weekend kicks off the celebration of the induction of rodeo greats into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Rodeo Hall of Fame. Designed for children ages 4-12. Free for children and accompanying adults. Reservations are requested by noon on the Friday before the program; call (405) 478-2250 ext. 264.

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