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June 2020

Adventure Days at the Cowboy: How Does Your Garden Grow?

June 29 – July 25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Join Adventure Days at the National Cowboy Museum June 29 – July 25 and explore different themes and self-directed activities each week. Weekdays, take part in instructed crafts from 11:00 a.m. – Noon, and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Month long activities will culminate in the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration. Free with general admission or to Museum members. All activities while supplies last. Explore the newly opened Liichokoshkomo’…

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July 2020

Adventure Days at the Cowboy: Camp Bug Love

June 29 – July 25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Join Adventure Days at the National Cowboy Museum June 29 – July 25 and explore different themes and self-directed activities each week. Weekdays, take part in instructed crafts from 11:00 a.m. – Noon, and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Month long activities will culminate in the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration. Free with general admission or to Museum members. All activities while supplies last. How much do you love…

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Double-Walled Basket Workshop

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Led by Basket Weavers Guild of Oklahoma, participants will create their own double-walled basket measuring approximately 13 inches long, 9 inches wide and 3.5 inches deep. Suitable for beginners to advanced, previous class experience helpful. All supplies provided; lunch is on your own. $35; $30 for Museum members. Registration is full, to be added to the wait list email Gretchen Jeane at gjeane@nationalcowboymuseum.org.

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Adventure Days at the Cowboy: Birdapalooza

June 29 – July 25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Join Adventure Days at the National Cowboy Museum June 29 – July 25 and explore different themes and self-directed activities each week. Weekdays, take part in instructed crafts from 11:00 a.m. – Noon, and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Month long activities will culminate in the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration. Free with general admission or to Museum members. All activities while supplies last. Bird is the word! This…

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Read the West Book Club: Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West

H.W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the American West's settling from John Jacob Astor's fur trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, from the California gold rush to the Oklahoma land run. The West was where riches rewarded the miner's persistence, the cattleman's courage and the railroad man's enterprise; but El Dorado was at least as elusive in the West as it ever was in the East. Read the West Book Club meets in July, August and…

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Adventure Days at the Cowboy: Native at the Cowboy

June 29 – July 25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Join Adventure Days at the National Cowboy Museum June 29 – July 25 and explore different themes and self-directed activities each week. Weekdays, take part in instructed crafts from 11:00 a.m. – Noon, and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Month long activities will culminate in the National Day of the Cowboy Celebration. Free with general admission or to Museum members. All activities while supplies last. Celebrate and explore the diverse…

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August 2020

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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Annual Chuck Wagon Festival

Academy of Western Art: Landscape Painting: Simplifying with a Purpose

September 7 - 10 Designed for those interested in honing their outdoor/field skills and gathering information essential to creating more developed works. Join Prix de West artist Skip Whitcomb in various visual and intellectual exercises to illustrate key elements of the picture making process. These fundamental “truths” are based in classical traditional training — the same principles the great painters have historically utilized. Demonstrations and teaching will be conducted in oils; however, watercolor, pastel and acrylics are welcome. Suitable for…

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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. After marrying a Kansas rancher, she determined she would see the West for herself and capture on camera what she experienced during her 20,000-mile trek. Krantz shares…

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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

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 22. Register Here.

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Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Workshop – Quirts: The How and Why

September 29 - October 1, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. In conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA), this hands-on workshop will address the construction of quirts, their different styles and regional differences. Function, balance and decoration will also be addressed. Skill level required: Intermediate to advanced, participants should have some experience braiding bodies over cores and basic long and short buttons. 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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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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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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