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August 2019

Summer Signature Tour

Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) From Albert Bierstadt’s glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture. Walk away with a…

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Become a Museum Docent!

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Become a Museum Docent! 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Classroom A Docents lead adult and children tours, which are key in reaching the Museum's mission. Tours connect guests with art and artifacts so they may become stewards of our Western heritage! New docent orientation is Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Training begins Thursday, August 8 and is every Tuesday and Thursday through August 29, 2019. Training times vary, but are generally between 8:30 a.m. and…

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Western Movie Matinees: ¡Paseo! (Ride!) – ¡Three Amigos!

Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short team up in this spoof about silent film cowboys who venture to a small Mexico town where they are mistaken for the real-life heroes they portrayed. 115 minutes. PG.

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Dinner and a Movie: The Rider (2017)

The Rider (2017) August 22, 2019 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room After a riding accident leaves a young cowboy unable to compete on the rodeo circuit, he undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. Written, produced and directed by Chloe Zhao, this contemporary Western drama, set on a South Dakota reservation, was called “cinematic poetry” by film critic…

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Read the West Book Club

JOIN READ THE WEST  BOOK CLUB! Held in the Dub & Mozelle Richardson Theater AUGUST 22, 2019 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. An Undisturbed Peace (2016) An Undisturbed Peace by Mary Glickman tells a sweeping historical novel of the Trail of Tears. A Jewish immigrant, a Cherokee woman and a black slave find love, friendship and redemption while facing the horrors of President Jackson’s Indian Removal Act as the tribes of the South make the grueling journey across the Mississippi River…

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Advancing the Pencil Portrait, Part I

LIMITED ENROLLMENT August 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Classrooms A & B SKILL LEVEL: Beginner to Advanced Whether you are new artist or have drawn for a while, this class helps you explore the essential steps in rendering an eye-catching portrait. The class covers how materials can create different textures and values as well as weekly demonstrations. Instructor: Scottie Scott Supply list provided. General Pricing $120 Museum Member Pricing $100 Register online at nationalcowboymuseum.org/event/advancingpencilport…

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Art Moments

Enjoy a variety of 10-minute spotlight talks throughout the galleries to introduce different works in the Museum’s temporary exhibitions or permanent collection. Browse the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents. Weekends June 15 through September 1. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Neighborhood Block Party

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Neighborhood Block Party August 25 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Sam Noble Special Events Center Persimmon Hill, Park Estates North/Cashions, Wildewood, Wildewood Hills/Heights, Ravenswood Manor neighbors and the Millwood Academy School community are invited to mingle at the National Cowboy Museum. This event features complimentary hamburgers, chips, soft drinks and cookies. At 5:00 p.m., enjoy the film, Buck and the Preacher (1972). Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and Ruby Dee star in this adventure Western about a wagon master who becomes a…

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Western Movie Matinees: ¡Paseo! (Ride!) – Ride, Vaquero!

After the Civil War, King Cameron (Howard Keel) moves to Texas, settles down with his wife (Ava Gardner) and purchases a cattle ranch. Life is disrupted when two outlaws, Rio and Esqueda, face a showdown over how to evict the new settlers in this action-packed story of mercy and betrayal. 90 minutes. Appropriate for ages 10+.

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Advancing the Pencil Portrait, Part II

LIMITED ENROLLMENT SKILL LEVEL: Beginner to Advanced August 29, September 5, 12, 19 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Classrooms A & B Drawing the pencil portrait not only pushes us to render a likeness, but brings challenges in texture. This class continues working artists with correct proportions and value placement, as well as focusing on different skin textures, clothing and hair. There will be a class project; or attendees may bring a picture of someone to draw. There will also…

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September 2019

Western Movie Matinees: Girls with Guns – Annie Oakley

In this big-budget biopic, a young Barbara Stanwyck plays the famous female sharpshooter who gained worldwide fame in the late 19th century for her marksmanship and mythology. Co-starring Preston Foster and Melvyn Douglas, this rather urban Western provides an interesting look at the Wild West shows that captured imaginations in the decades before Western movies came along. 90 minutes. Ages 8+.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: In Life and Death: Creation, Craftsmanship and Continuity of Ceramics

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: In Life and Death: Creation, Craftsmanship and Continuity of Ceramics September 5 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Join Eric Singleton, Ph.D., Curator of Ethnology, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, as he explores the history of ceramics in North America and their multiple uses within a community and throughout time. View the different regional styles from the North American Southwest, Great Plains and Southeast while discussing how and why people created, used,…

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Signature Tour

Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) From Albert Bierstadt’s glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture. Walk away with a…

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Western Movie Matinees: Girls with Guns – The Paleface

Only superficially related to her historic namesake, sharpshooting scout Calamity Jane (Jane Russell) throws in with frontier dentist “Painless” Peter Potter (Bob Hope) in this hilarious Western spoof with gags and one-liners that will have you smiling for days. 91 minutes. Ages 8+.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Caballeros y Vaqueros: The Origin of Western Horse Cultures

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Caballeros y Vaqueros: The Origin of Western Horse Cultures September 12 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Since the domestication of horses 4,000 - 6,000 years ago, humans have created and used different technologies to use them in manners useful to human lifeways. Caballeros (horsemen) were the primary engines in driving the evolution of those technologies. Managing other animals from horseback, especially herding cattle, resulted in a workforce especially suited for cow-work. These…

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Opening Celebration for Caballeros y Vaqueros: The Origin of Western Horse Cultures

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Opening Celebration for Caballeros y Vaqueros: The Origin of Western Horse Cultures September 12 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the opening of the new exhibition Caballeros y Vaqueros at The Cowboy with food, drinks and live entertainment! The iconic Western cowboy actually can trace its roots to north and west Africa, up through Spain and then over to the New World. Caballeros y Vaqueros will tell this story using the decorative traditions of New World husbandry as they developed in…

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Ante Up!

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September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Take a ride back to the Wild West during Ante Up! at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The Museum’s newest event is an exciting evening of poker, blackjack and other games of chance. Enjoy food stations, spirits, live entertainment, laughter and fun as you go “all in” to support the Museum’s public education programs! Event ticket includes craft beer from Coop Ale Works, $100 in play money for casino games, food from…

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Western Movie Matinees: Girls with Guns – The Boy From Oklahoma

Aspiring attorney Will Rogers, Jr. wanders into town to mail a letter and quickly finds himself in a shooting match with local tomboy Nancy Olson. She disapproves of his laconic, lariat ways and he disapproves of her masculine attire, neither of which are the worst of their troubles – but almost. Directed by Michael Curtiz, this laidback Western features fun alongside very adequate action and adventure. 87 minutes. Ages 12+.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Saving Grand Canyon: Dams, Dreams and a Noble Myth

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Saving Grand Canyon: Dams, Dreams and a Noble Myth September 19 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater During the 20th century, developers, as well as state and federal agencies, made numerous attempts to build dams in the Grand Canyon, which, during the 1960s, culminated in a massive outpouring of public protest generated by the Sierra Club and other conservationist organizations. Although the dams were never built, the fight to keep them out of…

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Western Movie Matinees: Girls with Guns – Arizona

Surviving as a woman on her own in Arizona Territory requires Jean Arthur to defy some conventions and redefine others. Undermined and overwhelmed by the likes of William Holden and William Warren, gun-toting is just one of the techniques she uses to beat the men at their own game in this spectacular Civil War-era Western adventure. 125 minutes. Ages 8+.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Grab Your Passport, Let’s Travel!

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Grab Your Passport, Let’s Travel! September 26 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Art is the ultimate passport — it has the power to transport us to different places and times. Join Kera Newby, Digital and Manuscript Archivist, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and travel the world with American Western artists. Learn how a Thai dancer, a pharaoh, medieval knights and many other artworks came to be alongside the cowboys, Native Americans,…

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Read the West Book Club

JOIN READ THE WEST  BOOK CLUB! Held in the Dub & Mozelle Richardson Theater - refreshments provided SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Wild Bill (2019) In July 1865, Wild Bill Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, Missouri, the first quick-draw duel on the frontier. Thus began the reputation that made him a marked man to every gunslinger in the Wild West. The legend of Wild Bill has only grown since his death in 1876. Bestselling author…

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October 2019

Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Workshop: Scroll Layout and Design with Sam Alfano

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Classrooms In conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) this workshop is taught by Sam Alfano. Alfano, a certified Master Engraver and world-renown-designer, has engraved for 39 years. He is best known for his intricate designs, precise detail, and flawless execution of this demanding art form. The workshop will cover scroll layout and design applicable to the disciplines of bit and spur making, silversmithing, and saddlemaking. Alfano’s understanding of scrolls and leaf structures will…

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Western Movie Matinees: Laughing Out Loud – The Gold Rush

Chaplin claimed this was his best film! It is one he wrote, directed and starred in as a tribute to the Alaskan Gold Rush, as well as the real-life drama of the Donner group in the snowbound Sierra Nevadas. Chaplin combines tragedy and comedy with his traditional tramp character becoming a gold-digger. The Gold Rush was a huge hit throughout the world, blending fantasy, reality and memorable, comic moments. 95 minutes. Rated PG.

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Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale

October 4 - 5, 2019 Galleries open to the public October 5 The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) will showcase the best of saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing and rawhide braiding. The TCAA exhibition opens to the public on October 5 and is on view through January 6, 2020. Reservations for most Opening Weekend events are required.   See schedule below: Friday, October 4, 2019 6:00 p.m. Exclusive Preview Business casual or Western attire Saturday, October 5, 2019 5:00…

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Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) Docents offer one-hour tours of the Museum’s fall exhibitions. Discover the vibrantly colored and sculpted pottery that was a dominate fixture of Native American daily life and are today viewed as one of the most notable Native American art forms in Colors of Clay. Travel the world and through time in Passport and see unexpected pieces (pharaohs, knights, James Bond) from many Western artists. Wrap up with…

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Western Movie Matinees: Laughing Out Loud – Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane combines comedy and music with the historic character of Calamity Jane. Acted with lively energy by Doris Day, this Western turns into a romance when she marries the famous Wild Bill Hickok, played by Howard Keel. 101 minutes. PG-13.

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Western Movie Matinees: Laughing Out Loud – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Laughing Out Loud: Westerns with a Comic Spirit Many great Western films feature serious stories, but the comic spirit has always been “out West” as well. This series celebrates what Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Doris Day, Paul Newman and Robert Redford have added to Western cinema. Andrew Horton, the Jeanne H. Smith…

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Saloon Series

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Saloon Series October 17 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Prosperity Junction Join the Museum for a unique happy hour experience. The Saloon Series is a four part tasting given by a knowledgeable connoisseur each class. Guests will enjoy new and exciting themed drinks while mingling in a saloon themed atmosphere. Admission is $25 at the door and includes a drink flight, tasting class, featured cocktail, hors d'oeuvre and live music. Patrons must be 21 years or older to enter.

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Western Movie Matinees: Laughing Out Loud – Blazing Saddles

Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles. Mel Brooks has become the master of parody of all genres in his TV shows and films ranging from The Producers (1967) and Young Frankenstein (1974) to Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).

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Murder Mystery Weekend: Wild, Wild West!

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Murder Mystery Weekend: Wild, Wild West! October 26 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Prosperity Junction You are cordially invited to an immersive Western Murder Mystery dinner. Help solve the mystery by seeking out pre-determined objectives in your assigned role. Participate as a saloon patron, sheriff, or suspect. Watch out! You could be accused of the crime. Character sheets are handed out at 5:30 p.m. check-in prior to festivities. Dinner with cash bar prepared by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City. $50…

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Western Movie Matinees: Frontier Clergy – Stars in my Crown

After the Civil War, pistol-packin’ parson Joel McCrea brings his guns and the gospel to a small Western town rife with sin and saloons. Intent on building a church and joining the community, his challenges include finding the right role for faith in times of turmoil, and knowing how to intervene when members of his flock stray from the path. Reported to be a personal favorite of McCrea, this powerful drama co-stars Ellen Drew and a young Dean Stockwell. 89 minutes. Ages 12+.

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November 2019

Western Movie Matinees: Frontier Clergy – Of Human Hearts

Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Frontier Clergy Though it was sometimes at the vanguard of westward expansion, while at other times a relative latecomer, religion motivated and inspired American pioneers and settlers in the West just as it had their colonial forefathers. But, religious leaders on the frontier faced unique challenges, a fact explored in these Hollywood…

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Small Works, Great Wonders

Navajo Turquoise by Huihan Liu, Oil on linen, 16" x 12" November 8, 2019 Small Works, Great Wonders® features a fusion of traditional and contemporary paintings and sculpture at affordable prices. Enjoy cocktails with more than 100 of the nation’s finest artists, including many from the prestigious Prix de West. Door prizes, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music paired with beautiful works of art make for a truly special evening. During this unique sales event, purchasers may leave with art in hand…

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Western Movie Matinees: Frontier Clergy – Brigham Young

Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Frontier Clergy Though it was sometimes at the vanguard of westward expansion, while at other times a relative latecomer, religion motivated and inspired American pioneers and settlers in the West just as it had their colonial forefathers. But, religious leaders on the frontier faced unique challenges, a fact explored in these Hollywood…

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Western Movie Matinees: Frontier Clergy – Rooster Cogburn (And the Lady)

Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Frontier Clergy Though it was sometimes at the vanguard of westward expansion, while at other times a relative latecomer, religion motivated and inspired American pioneers and settlers in the West just as it had their colonial forefathers. But, religious leaders on the frontier faced unique challenges, a fact explored in these Hollywood…

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December 2019

A Date with the Duke: Donovan’s Reef (1963)

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Theater  In Donovan's Reef (1963), three World War II Navy veterans – Donovan (John Wayne), Doc Dedham (Jack Warden) and Gilhooley (Lee Marvin) – converge on the French Polynesian island of Haleakaloha and team up to deceive Dedham’s prim daughter Amelia (Elizabeth Allen), who just learned of her father’s existence and his inherited stock from the company of which she is chairman. She hopes to find just cause to reclaim his shares. Dedham’s marriage to…

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Holiday Wine-Down

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December 3 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Located in the Museum Lobby Relax from the stresses of the holidays! Visit the Museum for a Holiday Wine-Down painting class under instruction from Wine & Palette. Wine & Palette lead a fun painting class inspired by the floral motifs found in the exhibition Caballeros y Vaqueros. $45; $40 for Museum members. All supplies provided, including light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Reservations required by November 29. Register to Attend

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February 2020

Cowgirls of Color

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February 5, 2020 @ 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The inspiring Cowgirls of Color, an all-black, all-female rodeo team, lead roping, lassoing, saddling up, and activity stations for students throughout the Museum demonstrating grit, gusto and determination. Follow up the program with self-exploration of Museum galleries. Free admission to the program and Museum for students and chaperones (one per seven students). Program lasts approximately one hour. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy after the presentation, then explore the Museum galleries.…

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