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Traditional Cowboy Arts Workshop: Engraving and Design

In conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA), this workshop will focus on aspects of design, layout and engraving and inlay techniques. Learn from experts in the field to create the decorative elements that go into creating beautiful and functional art. Instructors: Bit and spur makers Wilson Capron and Ernie Marsh have more than 50 years’ experience between them. Their unique designs and insights into the craft have influenced the work of many contemporary bit and spur makers. Suitable...

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Sunday Spotlight: Col. Zack Mulhall Stock Saddle

On the second Sunday of the month, visitors learn the specifics behind a unique artifact from the Museum’s collection, thus opening a window to learning even more about a particular culture, individual or moment in time. Afterward, venture into the galleries and enjoy the current exhibitions at your own pace. Free for members or with Museum admission. This ornamental stock saddle was used by Colonel Zack Mulhall, founder of the Mulhall Wild West show, in parades and promotional presentations across...

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Drop-In Drawing: En Casa del Agave (Place of the Agave)

Explore your creative side in a fun and informal drawing session. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with other art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing. Can’t make it to Drop-In Drawing? Drop in anytime, pick up sketching materials or bring your own, and go on a solo drawing adventure! Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Curator Conversations: Mysteries of the Dickinson Research Center

Mysteries and murder; art and adventure; rodeo and rebellion – the Dickinson Research Center (DRC) has it all. In this Curator Conversation, Kera Newby, Director of the DRC and Curator of Archives, presents a behind-the-scenes look at the archives and library of the Museum. Experience the personal stories, rare books and surprising finds preserved in the DRC and learn how to access it all from anywhere in the world. Click Here to Register.

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Read the West Book Club: Divided Spirits Tequila, Mezcal, and the Politics of Production

In recent years, as consumers increasingly demand to connect with the people and places that produce their food, the concept of terroir—the taste of place—has become more and more prominent. Divided Spirits author Sarah Bowen shows how the institutions that are supposed to guard “the legacy of all Mexicans” often fail those who are most in need of protection: the small producers, agave farmers, and other workers who have been making tequila and mezcal for generations. The consequences—for the quality...

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Curator Conversations: Sombreros Texanas and Bosses of the Plains

Join Museum Curator Michael Grauer in examining the development of what is known today as a “cowboy hat” using the Museum’s permanent collection. Beginning with wide-brimmed leather hats (vaqueteadas), the exhibition will explore the evolution of the cowboy hat from woven sombreros, to “John B.s” or “Stetsons” (whether they were Stetson-made or not), to today’s working cowboy giant “taco shells,” and flamboyantly creased (and decorated) hats of rodeo riders and entertainers, and in popular culture today. Click Hereto Register.

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Small Works, Great Wonders

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 Northeast 63rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK

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. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music paired with beautiful works of art make for a truly special evening. For sponsorship information, please contact Trent Riley at (405) 478-2250 ext. 251 or triley@nationalcowboymuseum.org. 

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Sunday Spotlight: Traditional Seminole Outfit

On the second Sunday of the month, visitors learn the specifics behind a unique artifact from the Museum’s collection, thus opening a window to learning even more about a particular culture, individual or moment in time. Afterward, venture into the galleries and enjoy the current exhibitions at your own pace. Free for members or with Museum admission. Listen as Jake Tiger (Seminole) discusses the traditional Seminole outfit he created, modeled from a painting of Seminole leader Osceola. Tiger will share...

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Drop-In Drawing: Art of the Northwest Coast Bowl Still Life

Explore your creative side in a fun and informal drawing session. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with other art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing. Can’t make it to Drop-In Drawing? Drop in anytime, pick up sketching materials or bring your own, and go on a solo drawing adventure! Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Read the West Book Club: When Outlaws Wore Badges

At times, the black-hatted “villains” and white-hatted “good guys” of the Old West were one and the same. Often it was difficult, if not impossible, to distinguish who was who. Sheriff Wyatt Earp stole horses and ran brothels. Justice Hoodoo Brown and Deputy JJ Webb ruled Las Vegas as leaders of the Dodge City Gang until they were run out of town by citizens fed up with their type of justice. “Mysterious” Dave Mather and even two of the Dalton...

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