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April 2019

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

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 art collection relating to the history…

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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

Saturday for Kids: Oklahoma Animals

Classrooms A & B 10:00 a.m. – Noon Meet Oklahoma animals at a special 45-minute presentation by the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens at 10:15 a.m. Following the presentation, make a fun animal craft and see what animals you can find represented in the Museum’s art collection. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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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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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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Living History Performance: Winning the West: Teddy Roosevelt

Join Teddy Roosevelt as he tells the story of his travels to the West, and how his time here changed his life from a thin, young city slicker to a robust and adventurous cowboy. Stories included encounters with wild people and animals and how these experiences gave him the insight and courage to protect and preserve the West. Free admission to program and Museum for students and chaperones (1 to 7 students). Program runs one hour and includes time for…

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Roam the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

Bison by Harvey Payne, The Nature Conservancy.  8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Join the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for a special day trip to the serene and picturesque Tallgrass Prairie Preserve guided by Oklahoma Nature Conservancy Communications Relations Coordinator Harvey Payne. Discover the largest protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth, home to the imperiled prairie chicken, more than 700 plant species, and 2,200 wild bison. Coinciding with the birth of baby bison in their natural habitat,…

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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

Saturdays for Kids: Cowboy Life

Lincoln Hallway 10:00 a.m. – Noon Cowboy life was not all about taking care of cattle. Out on the range or on long cattle drives, cowboys also had to take care of themselves. Discover how they cared for their day-to-day needs and what they did for entertainment. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.  

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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

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 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

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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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Art Moments

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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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Art Moments

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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

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

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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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Art Moments

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 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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July 2019

Saturdays for Kids: Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day on the frontier at the National Cowboy Museum. 10:00 a.m. - Noon Classrooms, Lincoln Hallway, Galleries With a cake walk and a variety of other activities, there is certain to be something for guests of all ages. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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Read the West Book Club

JOIN READ THE WEST  BOOK CLUB! Held in the Dub & Mozelle Richardson Theatre - refreshments provided THREE DIFFERENT BOOKS THIS SUMMER JOIN ONE OR ALL EVENTS! We now have the option to register and purchase your books prior to each event or as one large bundle. Reserve your seats now and have all books mailed at one time for your convenience. Join all three events and books now.   JULY 18, 2019 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. The Virginian:…

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A Date with the Duke: McClintock (1963)

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room In McClintock (1963), Cattle baron, banker, and model citizen George McClintock (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, McClintock 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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August 2019

Saturdays for Kids: Create a Brand

10:00 a.m. - Noon Lincoln Hallway Ranchers use brands to show which cattle are theirs. Learn how to read a brand and then create your own design. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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September 2019

Saturdays for Kids: Native American Games

10:00 a.m. - Noon Western State Plaza Many modern games have Native American roots. Test your skills as you play traditional games like Game of Grace, ring toss, and more. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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Ante Up!

Take a ride back to the Wild West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Enjoy casino games, live entertainment, and more in a Western Saloon atmosphere. Go "all in" to support the Museum’s public education programs.

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Cherokee Cultural Celebration

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 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 activities related to 19th century Cherokee culture and lifestyle. Hands-on participation in Cherokee games such as blow gun shooting, stickball playing, marbles, and chunkey will be presented. Demonstrations in pottery making, basket weaving, and finger weaving will show the unique Cherokee lifestyle of this time period. Other activity stations will…

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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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Saturdays for Kids: Little Buckaroos Round-up

10:00 a.m. – Noon Western States Plaza Do you have what it takes to be a cowboy or cowgirl? Test your skills at the Little Buckaroos Round-Up. Put on your favorite cowboy gear and join us for stick horse barrel races, roping, and more. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.  

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November 2019

Saturdays for Kids: Create a Tipi

10:00 a.m. – Noon Lincoln Hallway The home of many Plains Indians, the tipi was sturdy and portable. Make your own and personalize it with symbols that are meaningful to you. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last.  This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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Hearth Basket Workshop

  SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner to Advanced 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Classroom A & B Every home needs a hearth basket to hold kindling, magazines or whatever you choose! Led by Basket Weavers Guild of Oklahoma, participants will create their own hearth basket, measuring approximately 20 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 14 inches high (with handle). All supplies provided; lunch is on your own. General Pricing: $35 Museum Members: $30 Register online by November 12 at nationalcowboymuseum.org/event/hearth-basket-workshop.    

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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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Saturdays for Kids: Holidays at the Museum

10:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m. Various Locations Celebrate the holidays in Prosperity Junction, a turn-of-the-century frontier town. Make Western inspired ornaments, pine cone birdfeeders, decorations, meet historical Western figures, sample frontier food, or mosey up to the sarsaparilla bar before dropping off your holiday wish list with Santa! Find Howe and Dee the Cowboy Elves to earn your own special badge. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from…

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