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August 2018

Western Movie Matinee on Wide Open Wednesdays

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Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from an anonymous donor and Oklahoma City University’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature. Popcorn provided. Museum admission free to all on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers.

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October 2018

Yoga at the Cowboy

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Leave your spurs at home and join your friends at the Cowboy for a relaxing morning of yoga in the Museum’s beautifully landscaped gardens! Guests should arrive at least 20 minutes early to purchase tickets and make their way to the Gardens. $10, $5 for Museum members. Yoga will take place on the Museum Gardens October 13, 20 and 27.

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January 2019

The Bison as American Icon

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Wild and fundamental, the bison is a familiar part of our shared heritage. Explore the National Cowboy Museum's newest exhibition through lively lectures, exhibition tours, a reading and discussion program, and an award-winning documentary film. Register at: education.okstate.edu/olli, or call (405) 744-5868. (OLLI @ OSU Course mostly lectures every Thursday prior to the public Brown Bag. The…

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February 2019

Signature Tour

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Docent-Guided 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…

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Signature Tour

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Docent-Guided 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 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…

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Bison Opening Weekend Celebration

10:00 a.m. - Noon Museum Galleries Let's get this stampeded started! There is a herd on 63rd and you're invited!! Join the Thunder's Rumble the Bison at the community opening of The Bison Exhibit. Hear Rumble's unique story, make an illustration of events in your life, discover what is made from a bison, and learn about the great American mammal's the remarkable powers. Visit the new exhibition and celebrate with bison-themed sweets courtesy of Platt College Culinary Arts.

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Signature Tour

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Docent-Guided 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 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…

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Signature Tour

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Docent-Guided 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 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…

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Read the West Book Club: American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon

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1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. S.B. "Burk" Burnett Board Room In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery permit to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the odds -- there is only a 2% chance of drawing the permit,  and fewer than 20% of those hunters are successful -- Rinella managed to kill a buffalo on a snow-covered mountainside. Now that the buffalo is on the verge of a dramatic ecological recovery across the…

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Ecology and the West Workshop for Elementary Teachers

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. S.B. "Burk" Burnett Board Room Join us for a free professional development opportunity for elementary (grades K-5) teachers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in collaboration with the College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma. Engage with an environmental historian and a curator to explore the 19th - 21st century American West Learn new ways to analyze and interpret fine art and Plains Indian material culture Explore standards-based teaching resources…

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Ecology and the West Workshop for Secondary Teachers

S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room Join us for a free professional development opportunity for secondary (grades 6-12) teachers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in collaboration with the College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma. Engage with an environmental historian and a curator to explore the 19th – 21st century American West Learn new ways to analyze and interpret fine art and Plains Indian material culture Explore standards-based teaching resources and programs Investigate Museum collections…

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Home on the Range Dinner and Film Screening

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5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. S.B. "Burk" Burnett Board Room Put on your cowboy boots for this not-to-be-missed program with a cash bar and three-course dinner prepared by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City. Film director Ken Spurgeon introduces his 2018 Western Heritage Award winning docudrama, Home on the Range, the story of the iconic song that sprang up on the Kansas Prairie and gained national popularity. The film stars Buck Taylor and features various recordings, from the rock group…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tours

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Wild Wits Trivia Night

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7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Prosperity Junction and Galleries A casual night of trivia, fun, and prizes! Start your own team or join a table of soon-to-be-friends and show off what you now .View the Museum's new exhibitions and enjoy some competition and lively conversation. Trivia Night is sure to be a great time for all! Pizza and popcorn provided. Cash bar. Participants must be 21+. Tickets are $10. Register at https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/event/trivianight/.

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800's through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Workshop: Introduction to Blacksmithing

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Capron Bits and Spurs, Christoval, Texas In conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA), this workshop will introduce tools used in blacksmithing and their function. Tools, including chisels and punches, will be created using principles of blacksmithing and can be utilized in the bit and spur making process. The culminating project, a set of tongs, will be constructed exercising the techniques taught. Bit and spur making, as it relates to the principles learned, will…

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Saloon Series

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Prosperity Junction 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. One day to celebrate love is not enough! Visit the Museum any time during February 1 – 14 and show your love for your favorite piece of art or artifact. Pick up a heart at Visitor Services, leave it by your selection, and share on social media using #MyWest and #HeartsForArt. While visiting, pick up the “Find the Love” guide, a selection of art from the Museum’s collection that speaks of love. Free to…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800's through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Bison and Beer Paint Night

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6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Museum Entrance and Galleries Wind down from the stresses of the day with this fun, one-night painting event! Visit the Museum for a painting class under instruction from local artist Courtney Abbott. In conjunction with The Bison Exhibit, create your own colorful bison silhouette painting. While here, get a jump on spring shopping in The Museum Store. $45; $40 for Museum members. All supplies provided, including light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Reservations required by February…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800's through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Lecture Bison: A Curator’s Perspective

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Wild and fundamental, the bison is a familiar part of our shared heritage. Explore the National Cowboy Museum’s newest exhibition through lively lectures, exhibition tours, a reading and discussion program, and an award-winning documentary film. Register at: education.okstate.edu/olli, or call (405) 744-5868. February 28 Lecture: Bison: A Curator’s Perspective Eric Singleton, Ph.D., Curator of Ethnology, National Cowboy & Western…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Bison as Popular Icon

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Nathan Jones, Associate Curator of Cowboy Culture, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, discusses the impact of the bison as a popular icon. Tracing a story that spans millennia using artifacts and other documentary sources, Jones tells the story of an animal that has been a central symbol to Western identity. From cave paintings to currency, see how both the bison’s presence and absence has shaped our cultures. Bring your lunch…

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March 2019

Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Bison Film Fest: Bless The Beasts & Children (1971)

2:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Director Stanley Kramer brings to the screen the important story of six wealthy misfits who, while attending a summer riding camp, set out to free a herd of buffalo scheduled to be shot the next day. The boys find their lives turned around by Cotton, who, in a hot-wired pickup, challenges them to join efforts to save a herd of buffalo and rediscover themselves in the process. 1 h, 41 m, PG. Free…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Film Screening and Discussion: Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Wild and fundamental, the bison is a familiar part of our shared heritage. Explore the National Cowboy Museum’s newest exhibition through lively lectures, exhibition tours, a reading and discussion program, and an award-winning documentary film. Register at: education.okstate.edu/olli, or call (405) 744-5868. March 7 Film Screening and Discussion: Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison  

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Depicting the Grasslands – Bison in Wildlife Art

Noon – 1:00 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room What is it about the bison that makes it such a potent symbol? Join Adam Duncan Harris, Curator, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming, as he explores how Western art can help us understand humanity’s relationship with wildlife and nature. Harris presents a selection of Western art paintings and sculptures representing the wildlife and history of this region. He examines the legacy of complex artist George Catlin through paintings produced…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Read the West Book Club: Betrayal at the Buffalo Ranch

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room When Angus Clyborn’s Buffalo Ranch opens in Cherokee country, murder, thievery, and a missing white buffalo calf take Sadie Walela and her wolfdog on a dangerous and wild ride. The publication is available in The Museum Store (15% discount for Museum members). The Read the West Book Club meets once a month in January, February, and March. Cost for the series is $25, $20 for Museum members, and includes refreshments…

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Lecture: Ecology and the American West

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Wild and fundamental, the bison is a familiar part of our shared heritage. Explore the National Cowboy Museum’s newest exhibition through lively lectures, exhibition tours, a reading and discussion program, and an award-winning documentary film. Register at: education.okstate.edu/olli, or call (405) 744-5868. March 14 Lecture: Ecology and the American West Katrina Lacher, Ph.D., Environmental Historian, University of Central Oklahoma…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Destruction of the American Bison

Noon – 1:00 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room What is it about the bison that makes it such a potent symbol? In conjunction with The Bison Exhibit, Andrew C. Isenberg, Hall Professor of American History at the University of Kansas, examines the decline of the North American bison population. Isenberg presents the destruction as the outcome of an integrated dynamic process involving the volatile natural environment of the Great Plains, the ecological and economic invasion of the Euroamericans, and the culture…

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A Date with the Duke: The Quiet Man (1952)

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room In The Quiet Man (1952), Sean Thornton is a retired American boxing champion trying to put tragedy behind him by returning to Innisfree, the Irish village of his birth. He buys the house where he was born from its current owner, enraging the wealthy and bellicose Red Will Danaher, who had designs on the property himself. On arriving at his cottage, Thornton finds it being swept out by Mary Kate, a redheaded…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Bison Film Fest: Buffalo Dreams (2005)

2:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater After accepting Josh Townsend, a transplant from Chicago who just moved to the community with his family, into his circle of friends, Thomas Blackhorse is hurt and angry when Josh betrays a confidence and reveals the location of a sacred Navajo landmark to vandals. To save his friendship with Thomas and preserve the local customs, Josh challenges the leader of the vandals to a dangerous mountain bike race. Josh and Thomas must work…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Lecture: Buffalo Wars

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Wild and fundamental, the bison is a familiar part of our shared heritage. Explore the National Cowboy Museum’s newest exhibition through lively lectures, exhibition tours, a reading and discussion program, and an award-winning documentary film. Register at: education.okstate.edu/olli, or call (405) 744-5868. March 21 Lecture: Buffalo Wars Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Curator of Cowboy Culture, National Cowboy & Western…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Bison and its Meaning to Indigenous Cultures

Noon – 1:00 p.m. What is it about the bison that makes it such a potent symbol? Gayle Ross (Cherokee) shares stories about the bison. A sacred and strong giver of life, bison are tied to creation, medicine, and sacred messages. Listen to Ross’s riveting stories about the bison’s importance in Native American culture and heritage. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Board Room and The Museum Grill.…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Bison Film Fest: Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison (2010)

2:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Facing the Storm is the epic account of the tempestuous relationship with the iconic symbol of wild America. The American bison once dominated the plains of North America, numbering in the tens of millions. Native Plains Indians shared a sacred relationship with the species that went far beyond survival and sustenance. Then, in the 19th century they were nearly eradicated from the continent, and an entire Plains culture was forever changed. 78 minutes. No…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Q&A: the National Buffalo Foundation

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Wild and fundamental, the bison is a familiar part of our shared heritage. Explore the National Cowboy Museum’s newest exhibition through lively lectures, exhibition tours, a reading and discussion program, and an award-winning documentary film. Register at: education.okstate.edu/olli, or call (405) 744-5868.https://www.education.okstate.edu/olli March 28 Q & A: The National Buffalo Foundation Cecil Miskin, President of the National Buffalo…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains

Noon - 1:00 p.m. S.B. "Burk" Burnett Board Room What is it about the bison that makes it such a potent symbol? Historian Dan Flores claims that in 1870 there were at least 10 million bison in the southern herd on the North American plains. Flores draws a vivid portrait of these animals in their glory and tells the harrowing story of what happened to them at the hands of market hunters and ranchers. Bring your lunch or purchase one…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Bison Film Fest: The White Buffalo (1977)

2:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater At the close of 1874, a haunted, dying Wild Bill Hickok teams up with a grieving Crazy Horse to hunt a murderous albino buffalo. Along the way, he meets Crazy Horse, who is also searching for the giant white buffalo, and they team up to kill the elusive animal. An offbeat movie that combines the expected western movie clichés, rip-roaring adventure, and monster movie conventions, 1 hr, 37 m. Rated PG. Free to…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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April 2019

Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Buffalo War

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Michael Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, shares a multi-cultural and much-layered story involving Native Americans, Anglo Americans, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans. This collision of cultures revolved around the conscious destruction of the American bison as a lifeways resource for native peoples and as a product for the Industrial Revolution. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required.…

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Spring Garden Tour

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Museum Gardens Museum docents offer a tour of the Museum Gardens. Enjoy the plethora of plants and flowers native to the American West. Learn about the land in which the story of the West is rooted. Leave plenty of time to check out The Museum Store! Free to Museum members or with Museum admission. Weather permitting.

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Navajo Rug Sale & Silent Auction

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Toh-Atin Navajo Rug Sale & Auction  April 12 - 13, 2019  Enjoy the opportunity to purchase high-quality weavings at a wide range of prices and add to your collection of Native art. At any time during the silent auction individuals may purchase a rug at 20% over the minimum if it does not have an earlier bid. Proceeds from the sale support the National Cowboy Museum’s exhibitions and programs. Art Sale Preview & Rug Auction Schedule  Friday April 12, 2019 …

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Western Heritage Awards Workshop

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Join two-time Emmy-winning makeup artist Michael F. Blake,  April 12 at 11:00 a.m. as he demonstrates the inside tricks on transforming an everyday person into a gritty cowboy. Blake will also share his knowledge of Hollywood history and trivia, based on his years of working in the film and TV industry. This workshop is free to the public with Museum admission. 

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Western Heritage Awards Panel Discussion

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Stop by the Museum Friday at 11:00 a.m. to hear from Emmy-nominated composer Jeff Lippencott, cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey and moderator Rex Linn at our Western Heritage Awards panel discussion. Free with Museum admission.

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Spring Garden Tour

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Museum Gardens Museum docents offer a tour of the Museum Gardens. Enjoy the plethora of plants and flowers native to the American West. Learn about the land in which the story of the West is rooted. Leave plenty of time to check out The Museum Store! Free to Museum members or with Museum admission. Weather permitting.

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit. Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Plein Air Paint Out

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Museum Gardens Be a part of this plein air paint out. Pull out your paints, pastels, and pencils, set up an easel, and join other art lovers in the Museum’s beautiful gardens. Bring your own art materials to capture a trail, scenic vista, portrait, or water scene! Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Spring Garden Tour

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Museum Gardens Museum docents offer a tour of the Museum Gardens. Enjoy the plethora of plants and flowers native to the American West. Learn about the land in which the story of the West is rooted. Leave plenty of time to check out The Museum Store! Free to Museum members or with Museum admission. Weather permitting.

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Educators after Hours: Western History in Art

Educators After Hours: Western History in Art 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Museum Lobby and Galleries Socialize after hours during a free K-12 professional development session at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Join Michael Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture and Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art, for an exploration of the Museum’s world-renowned Western art collection and discuss history as it is portrayed, accurately or inaccurately, in the works of art. Participants will: Investigate the Museum’s…

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Spring Garden Tour

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Museum Gardens Museum docents offer a tour of the Museum Gardens. Enjoy the plethora of plants and flowers native to the American West. Learn about the land in which the story of the West is rooted. Leave plenty of time to check out The Museum Store! Free to Museum members or with Museum admission. Weather permitting.

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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May 2019

Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Teddy Roosevelt: The Cowboy President and the Return of Bison

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room Enjoy a first person presentation with Teddy Roosevelt as he discusses his travels to the Dakotas to find bison “before they were all gone.” He tells the story of how his time in the West changed his life, from a thin, young city slicker to a robust and adventurous cowboy. Stories include saloon fights, encounters with wild people and animals, and how these experiences gave him the insight and courage to protect and…

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Saloon Series

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Join the Museum for a unique happy hour experience! Join COOP Ale Works for a night of beer tasting and beer education in Prosperity Junction; the Museum's replica turn-of-the-twentieth-century cattle town. Guests will enjoy a four-part tasting of COOP’s core lineup, including their Territorial Reserve Bourbon Barrel-Aged Rye Wine Ale, while learning about the brewing process from COOP’s beer experts. Tickets are $30 at the door and include a COOP beer flight, a 5 oz. COOP branded tasting glass, tasting…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Signature Tour

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 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 American Indians and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture.…

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Signature Tour

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 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 American Indians and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture.…

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Signature Tour

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 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 American Indians and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture.…

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Signature Tour

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 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 American Indians and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture.…

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June 2019

Prix de West Workshop: Painting Atmosphere and Reflective Light

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Museum Classrooms Dan Mieduch has painted for more than 40 years. He will demonstrate his special technique for capturing a subject and creating a feeling of air and depth of field. He teaches principles of reflected light using pops of color, and reveals what he calls an “easy” way to infuse paintings with life and sparkle. Students are encouraged to bring previous work for Mieduch to transform by brightening and adding his unique touch. Skill…

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Prix de West Art Moments

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Enjoy a variety of 10-minute spotlight talks throughout the galleries to introduce different works by contemporary artists associated with the current Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, as well as works by Prix de West artists in the Museum’s permanent collection. Browse the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents. Art Moments focusing on Prix de West artists are held June 7, 8, and 9. Free to Museum members and Prix de West patrons, or with Museum…

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Art & Food Trucks

Noon – 2:00 p.m. Hungry for local cuisine and a look at the 2019 Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale? Enjoy a variety of food trucks and shop The Museum Store. Join Prix de West-themed Art Moments—10-minute spotlight talks offered by Museum docents. 

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Prix de West Art Moments

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of 10-minute spotlight talks throughout the galleries to introduce different works by contemporary artists associated with the current Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, as well as works by Prix de West artists in the Museum’s permanent collection. Browse the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents. Art Moments focusing on Prix de West artists are held June 7, 8, and 9. Free to Museum members and Prix de West…

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Prix de West Workshop: Painting the Canyons of the West

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Museum Classrooms Western painter G. Russell Case is inspired by nature, with its simple shapes, hard lines, and shadows. His landscapes are compositions that combine the natural world’s beauty with the rich imagination and originality of an artist’s mind. Case will focus on basic landscape approaches with an emphasis on the Western canyons as the subject. Students may use landscapes of their choice. Skill level: beginner to advanced. $480 per person; $400 per Museum member.…

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Summer Signature Tour

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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Summer Signature Tour

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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Summer Signature Tour

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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Summer Signature Tour

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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Summer Signature Tour

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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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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Summer Signature Tour

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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Summer Signature Tour

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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Summer Signature Tour

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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Summer Signature Tour

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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Summer Signature Tour

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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Summer Signature Tour

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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Summer Signature Tour

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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Summer Signature Tour

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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Summer Signature Tour

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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Summer Signature Tour

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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.…

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July 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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Read the West Book Club

JOIN READ THE WEST  BOOK CLUB! Held in the Dub & Mozelle Richardson Theater JULY 18, 2019 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains (1902) Into the rough Wyoming landscape rides The Virginian, a solitary man whose unbending will is his only guide through life. The Virginians unwavering beliefs in right and wrong are soon tested as he tries to fight against the corruption that rules the land. Owen Wisters epic tale stands not only…

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A Date with the Duke: McLintock (1963)

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room In McLintock (1963), Cattle baron, banker, and model citizen George McLintock (John Wayne) has the world in his hands. The only thing missing is his wife, Catherine (Maureen O’Hara), who left him two years earlier, suspecting him of adultery. In an effort to get on with his life, McLintock saves a beautiful, but impoverished, widow from resettlement and hires her as his cook, welcoming both her and her two children…

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Farm Basket Workshop

Hand-craft the perfect storage piece or décor accent. Suitable for beginner to advanced, all supplies provided; lunch is on your own. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Classrooms A & B Led by Basket Weavers Guild of Oklahoma, participants will create their own farm basket measuring approximately 9 inches high, 13 inches wide (square to round opening). General Pricing: $35 Museum Pricing: $30 SOLD OUT To be added to the wait list call (405) 478-2250 Ext. 241.    

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August 2019

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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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!) – In Old Arizona

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. ¡Paseo! (Ride!): Caballeros, Vaqueros and Gauchos in American Films In an effort to explore the origins and evolution of the American cowboy from Europe and Africa to the Americas, Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art, presents four films about caballeros, vaqueros and gauchos in…

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Western Movie Matinees: ¡Paseo! (Ride!) – The Gay Caballero

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. ¡Paseo! (Ride!): Caballeros, Vaqueros and Gauchos in American Films In an effort to explore the origins and evolution of the American cowboy from Europe and Africa to the Americas, Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art, presents four films about caballeros, vaqueros and gauchos in…

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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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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. Appropriate for 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 historical 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. Appropriate for 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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Wide Open Wednesdays

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FREE admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers!

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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. Appropriate for ages 8+.

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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 Warren William, gun-toting is just one of the techniques she uses to beat the men at their own game in this spectacular Civil War Western adventure. 125 minutes. Appropriate for 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 Klondike 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. Appropriate for ages 8+.

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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 historical 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. Appropriate for ages 8+.

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

Commemorating the film’s 50th anniversary, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stars Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy, who is full of ideas, and Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid, who is all action and skill. The film, based on the two real members of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, creates memorable laughter as changing times mean they cannot be the outlaws they once were and eventually end up in Bolivia. William Goldman’s clever script and George Roy Hill’s creative directing contributed to this world-wide success. 110 minutes. Appropriate for ages 13+.

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Saloon Series

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Join the Museum for a unique happy hour experience, featuring wines from Boardwalk Distribution and a tasting class from expert Adam Rott. Guests will enjoy new and exciting themed drinks while mingling inside the Museum. Admission is $25 online or $30 at the door. Admission includes live music featuring 2015 The Voice contestant, Chase Kerby, a drink flight, tasting class, featured “Six Shooter Sangria” cocktail and hors d’oeuvres.   Patrons must be 21 years or older to enter. For entry…

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Western Movie Matinees: Laughing Out Loud – 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). In Blazing Saddles, Brooks creates nonstop humor, farce and slapstick with Oklahoma-born actor Cleavon Little as a black sheriff, along with a drunken deputy played by Gene Wilder. The two are hired by a group of shady characters trying to take over a small Western town through which they hope to run a railroad. 93 minutes. Appropriate for adults only.

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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. Appropriate for ages 12+.

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November 2019

Western Movie Matinees: Frontier Clergy – Of Human Hearts

Called away from a prosperous eastern parish to bring the gospel to poor farmers in the Ohio River Valley in the early 19th century, reverend Walter Huston is prepared to make sacrifices for the sake of his work–but are his wife and son? Featuring Beulah Bondi and a young Jimmy Stewart, this still-timely family drama explores the value of vocation and the true spirit of sacrifice. 103 minutes.  Appropriate for ages 14+.

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Western Movie Matinees: Frontier Clergy – Brigham Young

Fleeing persecution, Latter-Day Saints church leader Brigham Young (Dean Jagger) leads a wagon train of Mormons west in search of a peaceful place to settle. But is it really to God’s revelation he is responding, or is it his own ambition? And are the hardships along the way signs of God’s displeasure?  Headlined by romantic leads Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell, what this film lacks in historical accuracy, it makes up in entertainment value. 114 minutes. Appropriate for ages 10+.

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

The Indian Territory’s favorite uncouth marshal (John Wayne) sets off in search of outlaws who have stolen explosives from the Army, but he meets zealous missionary Katharine Hepburn instead. It remains to be seen whether she or the outlaws will prove to be his greater adversary. Excellent chemistry between two veteran stars makes for a delightful western adventure, the sequel to Wayne’s Oscar-winning performance in TRUE GRIT (1969). 108 minutes. Appropriate for ages 12+.

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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 are closed.

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January 2020

Signature Tour

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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 better understanding of the diverse cultures that have shaped…

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Dinner and a Movie: True Grit

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In conjunction with the exhibition Two Grits – A Peek Behind the Eyepatch, watch the original True Grit film. . Following the movie, enjoy a walk through the Two Grits exhibition with curator Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections & Western Art. Put on your cowboy boots for this not-to-be-missed program featuring a cash bar and scrumptious buffet prepared by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City. $45, $40 for Museum members. Reservations required by January…

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Read the West Book Club: The Grapes of Wrath

In conjunction with the exhibition Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing, January’s featured Read the West Book Club selection is the American classic The Grapes of Wrath. Published in 1939 by John Steinbeck, it evokes the harshness of the Great Depression and arouses sympathy for the struggles of migrant farmworkers. The story traces the migration of an Oklahoma Dust Bowl family to California and their subsequent hardships. Read the West Book Club meets in January, February and March; attend one or…

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Drop-In Drawing

On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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February 2020

Read the West Book Club: True Grit

In conjunction with the exhibition Two Grits – A Peek Behind the Eyepatch, and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 film True Grit and the 10th anniversary of 2010 remake, the Read the West Book Club selection is Charles Portis’ classic novel True Grit. Read the West Book Club meets in January, February and March; attend one or all three. Books available for purchase in The Museum Store (15% discount for Museum members). Refreshments provided. $9, $6…

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Warhol and the West Factory Party

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Join us for the grooviest night in Oklahoma City in support of the Museum’s educational efforts for underserved youth! Celebrate the life and legacy of Andy Warhol, whose daring and iconic work can be seen in Warhol and the West – the most comprehensive collection of his Western art, artifacts and memorabilia. Register online 7:00 p.m. Cocktails in the Gallery Enjoy drinks and browse the Warhol and the West exhibition. 8:00 p.m. The Factory Opens The party really begins. Food, drinks, a…

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Dinner and a Movie: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Sold Out Guests enjoy a dinner of comfort foods inspired by Route 66 and prepared by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City while watching The Grapes of Wrath. Prohibition not enforced (cash bar available). Following the film, spend exclusive time in the exhibition Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing. As relatively inexpensive means of entertainment, movie attendance soared during the Great Depression. An unflinching adaptation of John Steinbeck’s controversial, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about an Oklahoma farm family’s struggle for survival in…

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Warhol and Wine Paint Night

Wind down from the stresses of the day with this fun, one-night painting event! Visit the Museum for a painting class under instruction of Wine & Palette. In conjunction with Warhol and the West, create your own Warhol-inspired canvas painting. $45; $40 for Museum members. All supplies provided, including light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Reservations are closed.

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March 2020

Read the West Book Club: Drawing Fire: A Pawnee, Artist and Thunderbird in World War II

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Woven with Pawnee legend and language and quickened with wry Native wit, Drawing Fire traces the service of recognized Pawnee Indian and artist Brummett Echohawk as he and his unit of Depression-era cowboys, farmers and more than 1,000 American Indians fight their way through key battles at Sicily, Salerno and Anzio during World War II. Read the West Book Club meets in January, February and March; attend one or all three. Books available for purchase in The Museum Store (15%…

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Drop-In Drawing: Leaders Downfall

On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Lange: Artist or Activist?

With hardship and suffering as consistent areas of focus throughout her career, Dorothea Lange created arresting portraits with the aim of sparking reform.Join Kimberly Roblin, Director of the Dickinson Research Center and Curator of Archives, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, as she explores the new exhibition, Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing, organized by the Oakland Museum of California. Museum of California, tomorrow, March 12 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum…

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June 2020

Drop-In Drawing

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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July 2020

Drop-In Drawing

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait

Cool off indoors with a screening of Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait, directed and produced by John Langmore and Bud Force (2019, NR, suggested PG-13, seating socially distanced). 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Following the film, join Langmore for a book signing of his latest book Open Range: America’s Big-Outfit Cowboy.

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August 2020

Drop-In Drawing

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Read the West Book Club: Cherokee America

Inspired by Margaret Verble’s family history and told from a Native American point of view, Cherokee America is a different kind of Western. In the Civil War's aftermath, complex alliances and simmering race and culture clashes unite and divide the people living on Cherokee lands. Tensions mount and violence escalates, and the long arm of white law encroaches further into Indian Territory. Determined to survive and thrive on her own terms, Cherokee America Singer must come together with family and friends…

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September 2020

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Girls of the Golden West

Drawing on the Museum’s vast photographic and art collections, Michael Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art will describe life for women in the American West. It will feature the depth and breadth of the Museum’s ability to show women of different cultures and lifeways. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Board Room and The Museum Grill.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: West: The American Cowboy

The American cowboy/cowgirl and rodeo communities, the horse and cattle ranches and the remarkable landscape of America's Wild West are celebrated by award-winning photographer Anouk Masson Krantz. Born and raised in France, Krantz read many Western books set in Montana, Wyoming and Texas, envisioning the Wild West full of adventure, danger and intrigue. Her husband grew up just outside New York City but her father in law grew up on a Kansas ranch. She determined she would see the West…

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Drop-In Drawing: Father and Daughter at the Crow Fair

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Texas Women and Ranching, 1850-1870

Retracing women's history is often a problem due to challenges including name changes, allocating their property to their husbands, omission of occupations in census records, and clerical errors. While it is unequivocally true that men have always been the main characters in the livestock industry, many women participated in the livestock industry and supported their families as they accumulated vast wealth. Join Deborah Liles, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and W. K. Gordon Chair of Texas History at Tarleton State University as…

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Read the West Book Club: Follow the River

Based on a true story, James Alexander Thom tells the story of Mary Ingles. She was 23 years old, married and pregnant when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement, killed the men and women and then took her captive. For months she lived with them, unbroken, until she escaped, and followed a thousand-mile trail to freedom — an extraordinary story of a pioneer woman who risked her life to return to her people. Read the West Book Club meets in…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Women’s Creative and Political Work in Santa Fe during the 1920s

During the early 1920s, journalist Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant participated as one of four founders of the Indian Arts Fund in Santa Fe, today’s Indian Arts Research Center’s collection at the School for Advanced Research. Sergeant’s network of reformers included Willa Cather, John Collier, Mary Austin, and Mabel Dodge Luhan. Join Patricia Loughlin, Ph.D., Professor of History in the Department of History and Geography at the University of Central Oklahoma, as she deepens our understanding of the network of writers, artists, and anthropologists…

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Pumpkin Basket Workshop

  Sold out Led by Basketweavers Guild of Oklahoma, participants will create their own Pumpkin Basket. Basket dimensions measuring approximately 10 inches in diameter and 7 inches high. Perfect for holding Halloween candy! Suitable for beginners with at least one previous class to advanced, all supplies provided; lunch is on your own. $35, $30 for Museum members.

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October 2020

Drop-In Drawing

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission.

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November 2020

Drop-In Drawing

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Small Works, Great Wonders

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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December 2020

Drop-In Drawing

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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January 2021

Drop-In Drawing

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Read the West Book Club: Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America

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Bestselling authors Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard venture through the fraught history of our country’s founding on already occupied lands. Explore General Andrew Jackson’s brutal battles with the Creek Nation to President James Monroe’s epic “sea to shining sea” policy, to President Martin Van Buren’s cruel enforcement of a “treaty” that forced the Cherokee Nation out of their homelands along what would be called the Trail of Tears. Join Read the West Book Club and explore the differing perceptions of…

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Seaside Basket Workshop

Winter doldrums have you dreaming of sand and sea? This basket workshop is the perfect pick me up! Led by BasketWeavers Guild of Oklahoma, participants will create their own Seaside Basket with optional seashell decoration. It features a wooden base and measures approximately 12 inches in diameter and 8.5 inches high (17.5 inches high with handle). All supplies included; lunch not provided. $50; $40 for Museum members. Registration is closed, please contact Gretchen Jeane at gjeane@nationalcowboymuseum.org to be added to…

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February 2021

Hearts for Art

One day to celebrate love is not enough! Visit the Museum any time during February 1 – 14 and show your love for your favorite piece of art or artifact. Pick up a heart at Visitor Services, leave it by your selection and share on social media using #MyWest and #HeartsForArt. While visiting, pick up the “Find the Love” guide, a selection of art from the Museum’s collection that speaks of love. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Drop-In Drawing

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.d

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Read the West Book Club: Looting Spiro Mounds: An American King Tut’s Tomb

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When a group of relic hunters drove their picks into a lost Indian burial crypt in eastern Oklahoma in 1935, they unearthed a vast treasure trove of Mississippian art—considered by many at the time to be America’s answer to King Tut’s Tomb. They also ignited a controversy that continues to have repercussions throughout archaeological and American Indian communities. In Looting Spiro Mounds, David La Vere takes readers behind the scenes of this discovery to re-create a Great Depression–era archaeological adventure…

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March 2021

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Exploring Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World

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Take a break from your day and enjoy a series of virtual presentations over the lunch hour, Thursdays, March 4 – May 6. Hear subject experts discuss various topics related to the National Cowboy Museum Exhibition Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World. The Spiro people are nearly forgotten in the pages of North American history, yet they created one of the most exceptional societies in all of the Americas. Eric Singleton, Curator of Ethnology, National Cowboy Museum, will…

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Cherokee Beadwork

Learn about beadwork methods used by Cherokees in the mid-1700s. Students will create a purse (approximately 4" x 4") utilizing the two needle applique stitch and edge beading. Suitable for beginners to advanced. Led by Cherokee National Treasure Tonia Hogner-Weavel, who has taught Cherokee beadwork for the past 10 years. All supplies provided, limited enrollment. $50; $40 for Museum members. Thank you for your interest; this workshop is full. To be added to the wait list, please email gjeane@nationalcowboymuseum.org.

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Sunday Spiro Spotlight – Margaret Wheeler

Grab a stool and listen to invited artisans discuss their craft. An award-winning weaver, Margaret Wheeler balances fashion with art, using modern technology to help her with the ancient pastime of weaving. Her Chickasaw heritage influences the look and feel of her weavings, which may eventually adorn mannequins and customers. A President’s Award recipient at Red Earth Festival and an inductee into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame, Wheeler will share about her pieces included in the Spiro and the Art…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Spiro and its Rock Art Connections

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Take a break from your day and enjoy a series of virtual presentations over the lunch hour, Thursdays, March 4 – May 6. Hear subject experts discuss various topics related to the National Cowboy Museum Exhibition Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World. Images found in the art of Spiro Mounds is also seen in the rock art of Missouri. In this presentation, Dr. Carol Diaz-Granados, Archaeologist and Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, Washington University, compares the…

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Drop-In Drawing

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Ouachita Connection: Novaculite Arrow Points at Spiro

Take a break from your day and enjoy a series of virtual presentations over the lunch hour, Thursdays, March 4 – May 6. Hear subject experts discuss various topics related to the National Cowboy Museum Exhibition, Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World. Objects placed in the Craig Mound at Spiro represented material ties to the wider social and sacred worlds of the 15th century American Southeast. Most of the arrow points can be sourced to the Ozark Mountains…

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Read the West Book Club: The Freshour Cylinders

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Winner of an American Book Award, this suspenseful literary mystery takes place during the events surrounding the discovery and destruction of Spiro Mound, the most significant pre-Columbian temple mound ever found in North America. Weaving history with the compelling story of murder, broken hearts and greed, Speer Morgan provides an engrossing and suspenseful tale. Read the West Book Club meets in January, February and March; attend one or all three. The Freshhour Cylinders is available on Amazon or Ebay. Refreshments…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Adventures of the Mound Boys: The Looting of Craig Mound and WPA Archaeology at Spiro

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Take a break from your day and enjoy a series of virtual presentations over the lunch hour, Thursdays, March 4 – May 6. Hear subject experts discuss various topics related to the National Cowboy Museum Exhibition Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World. In 1935, a group of hard-up treasure hunters known as the Pocola Mining Company started an organized campaign to loot the Craig Mound at the Spiro site and sell off the spoils. The looters unwittingly stumbled…

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April 2021

Sunday Spiro Spotlight – Jereldine Redcorn

Grab a stool and listen to invited artisans discuss their craft. Jereldine Redcorn is recognized nationally and internationally for reviving Caddo Pottery. Her designs are especially inspired by prehistoric Native American decorative motifs from the Spiro Mounds. Her bottle “Intertwining Scrolls” was selected by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for permanent display in the White House Oval Office. A self-taught artist, Redcorn imbues each piece with her own aesthetic; while many of her vessels bear traceable references to…

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Drop-In Drawing

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Can’t make it to Drop-In Drawing? Drop in anytime, pick up sketching materials or bring your own, and go…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Arkansas Valley Traditions of Spiro

Take a break from your day and enjoy a series of virtual presentations over the lunch hour, Thursdays, March 4 – May 6. Hear subject experts discuss various topics related to the National Cowboy Museum Exhibition Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World. Spiro is best known for the creation of the Spirit Lodge around AD 1400. Patrick Livingood, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, will describe how the Spirit Lodge is a culmination of 500…

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