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September 2020

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

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. Register by September 10. Register Here.

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October 2020

Oklahoma Homeschool Day

The National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City has planned an exciting day of learning and exploring in the new outdoor playscape, Liichokoshkomo’.   Come see this new Outdoor Education Experience, an interactive, multi-cultural space that introduces the American West through science, technology, engineering, arts, math and citizenship in an immersive hands-on, minds-on environment.   Liichokoshkomo’ (the Chickasaw phrase for “Let’s play”) shares all aspects of our diverse Western heritage. This cultural meeting place will encourage children and families to explore Western heritage by examining differing viewpoints and historical perspective. The Museum hopes to impart an understanding…

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Cherokee Cultural Celebration


In partnership with the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the National Cowboy Museum presents a Cherokee Cultural Celebration. Students will experience a variety of social-distanced activities related to 19th century Cherokee culture and lifestyle. Hands-on participation in Cherokee games will be presented. Demonstrations in traditional crafts will show the unique Cherokee lifestyle of this time period. Other activity stations will introduce children to period toys, the Cherokee language and storytellers sharing Cherokee lore. Museum galleries and Liichokoshkomo’ grounds are…

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November 2020

Cowboys and Cowgirls of Color


Learn about inspiring Cowboys and Cowgirls of Color in the West. Explore activity stations throughout the Museum and grounds demonstrating grit, gusto and determination: roping, braiding, saddling up and barrel racing. Museum galleries are open for self-directed tours; use the Passport to the West scavenger hunt to explore Liichokoshkomo’, the Museum’s new outdoor experiential learning playscape. Free admission to activities and Museum for students and chaperones (1 per 7 students). Suitable for grades K – 8. Limited space provided to…

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April 2021

Living History Performance: York: Explorer

York: Explorer is the story of the enslaved man who traveled west with the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1803. As a Corps of Discovery member, York found his spirit of freedom and was an important team member. That new spirit nearly got him killed when he returned to “civilization” at the expedition’s conclusion. York was never permitted to tell his story, but the expedition journals, William Clark’s letters and other accounts provide a sketch of the man and his…

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May 2021

Annual Chuck Wagon Festival

June 2021

Prix de West Workshop: Painting the Portrait and Costumed Figure

June 7 - 10, 2021   Prix de West artists Sherrie McGraw and David A. Leffel team up to teach how painting works in relationship to the human figure. Learn how to make beautiful brushwork that will bring portraits to life. Break through the confining aspect of “drawing with paint” to what it means to “sculpt” with paint. Learn from two experienced and engaging artists who have mastered both painting and teaching and revolutionize how you think about painting. Suitable…

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