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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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Welcome to Blue Star Museums 2016!

May 30 @ 10:00 am - September 6 @ 5:00 pm

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Art, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including the National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day May 30, through Labor Day, September 5, 2016.

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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,…

Back-to-School Bash

August 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and other metro area museums at the Oklahoma History Center! Celebrate the beginning of the new school year focusing on all that museums have to offer teachers and their families. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about field trips, free bus transportation, trunks, and special events. Discover traveling trunks on display for hands-on interaction, pick up curricula materials, and meet living history characters. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the…

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Western Movie Matinee - An Afternoon of Comic and Cartoon Shorts

August 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A Medley of Hollywood Indians Series, August 31 – September 21 Often stereotyped, Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in the studio era was, in fact, as complex as it was inaccurate.  Film historian Elizabeth Anthony, president of Reel Classics, presents a sampling with introductions and commentary. 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: An Afternoon of Comic and Cartoon Shorts (1922-1953) Silent comedian Buster…

Ring-Neck Pheasant Feather Headdress  North American Great Plains, Lakota.  Ca. 1900. Feathers, felt, porcupine quills, hackles, cotton, sinew. 1983.07.01

Brown Bag Lecture Series: Emblems of War and Regalia

September 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Mark your calendars and come join us for a casual conversation about the Museum’s current exhibitions. Bring your lunch or purchase one in The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Theater and The Museum Grill. Emblems of War and Regalia. Curator Eric Singleton will provide a general overview of the Museum’s newest exhibition, Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains, focusing on how Native American bonnets are viewed and perceived. Location: S.B. “Burk” Board Room

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Members’ Exhibition Preview and Reception - Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains

September 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 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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