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December 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Holidays at the Museum

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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 members or with Museum admission. All activities available while supplies last.

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Perked-Up Playdates

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Meet up with friends within a safe community space at the all-new Friess Family playground. During these playdates, friendships will form, a community will develop and conversations will take place while children are actively engaged in structured playtime.  

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Handprint Reindeer Cards

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Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required and activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Give someone you love a hand this holiday season by creating a one-of-a-kind card using your handprint.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Jingle Bell Sticks

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Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required and activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Ring in some holiday cheer with these simple, yet effective, holiday noisemakers. You’ll never get tired of hearing it!

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Pop-Up Holiday Cards

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Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required and activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a personal, hand-made card in the mail.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Holiday Necklaces

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Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required and activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Come create the latest in high-fashion holiday neckwear.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Holiday Craft Grab Bag

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Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required and activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. We’re cracking open the craft vaults to bring back some oldies-but-goodies. There’s no telling what craft treasures will pop up in our grab bag.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Scavenger Hunt and Candy Cane Reindeer

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Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required and activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Come make a candy cane reindeer (cute and minty fresh). Then grab a scavenger hunt and explore the Museum to see what you can find.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: 3D Snowmen

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Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required and activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. I don’t know if there’ll be snow, but there will definitely be snowmen at The Cowboy!

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Drop-In Drawing: Pop-Up Holiday Cards

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Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required and activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a personal, hand-made card in the mail.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Handprint Reindeer Cards

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Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required and activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Give someone you love a hand this holiday season by creating a one-of-a-kind card using your handprint.

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Winter Break Drop-In Activities: Scavenger Hunt and Candy Cane Reindeer

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Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities. Create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required and activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Come make a candy cane reindeer (cute and minty fresh). Then grab a scavenger hunt and explore the Museum to see what you can find.

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January 2021

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Women of the West

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The wild, untamed West was a place where women could often reach beyond what societal norms established back east allowed. They could often own land, run businesses and even vote in many places before the 19th Amendment. Come celebrate the contributions of women in the West. Take your shot at the Annie Oakley Markswomanship Shootin’ Gallery, try your hand at some rodeo events and enjoy storytime at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available…

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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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Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Black History in the West

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In honor of Black History Month, learn about a few of the many contributions by Black people to the West and Western history. Learn about Bill Pickett and his unique method of taking down a steer, try your hand at roping, talk to a Buffalo Soldier about life on the frontier and enjoy storytime at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free for members or with Museum admission. Activities available while supplies last. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available…

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Oklahoma Heritage Concert – Women in the West

Watch Oklahoma history come to life in a performance by Rodeo Opry. This virtual program teaches Oklahoma history through music and culture with an emphasis on Women in the West. This will be a virtual event with the video available from February 19 – March 5. Suitable for older elementary through high school students. To register click here or call (405) 478-2250 ext. 241.

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March 2021

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Spiro Scratch Art: Decorations for Another World

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Many of the artifacts found in the Spiro Mounds are heavily decorated, often by incising, or cutting, a design into the stone or clay or shell. Using Spiro iconography as inspiration, scratch your own designs into a variety of objects. Enjoy storytime at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free for members or with Museum admission. Activities available while supplies last.

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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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Spring Break Drop-In Activities: Constructing Home

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Spiro Mounds afforded researchers a treasure trove of Mississippian material culture. It was full of pottery, woven textiles, incised shells, beaded clothing and many more examples of Native art and craftsmanship. During Spring Break try your hand at similar crafts. Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities and create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required. Activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. There are many different kinds of homes. In…

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Spring Break Drop-In Activities: Figurative Clay

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Spiro Mounds afforded researchers a treasure trove of Mississippian material culture. It was full of pottery, woven textiles, incised shells, beaded clothing and many more examples of Native art and craftsmanship. During Spring Break try your hand at similar crafts. Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities and create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required. Activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. In the Spiro and the Art of the…

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Spring Break Drop-In Activities: Twining

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Spiro Mounds afforded researchers a treasure trove of Mississippian material culture. It was full of pottery, woven textiles, incised shells, beaded clothing and many more examples of Native art and craftsmanship. During Spring Break try your hand at similar crafts. Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities and create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required. Activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. The art of twining is an old style…

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Spring Break Drop-In Activities: Scratch Art Gorgets

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Spiro Mounds afforded researchers a treasure trove of Mississippian material culture. It was full of pottery, woven textiles, incised shells, beaded clothing and many more examples of Native art and craftsmanship. During Spring Break try your hand at similar crafts. Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities and create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required. Activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Shell gorgets are a Native American art form…

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Spring Break Drop-In Activities: Paper Plate Weaving

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Spiro Mounds afforded researchers a treasure trove of Mississippian material culture. It was full of pottery, woven textiles, incised shells, beaded clothing and many more examples of Native art and craftsmanship. During Spring Break try your hand at similar crafts. Drop by and participate in family-friendly activities and create a different make-and-take craft each day. No reservations required. Activities are available while supplies last. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Many of the baskets you see in the…

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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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Sunday Spiro Spotlight – Anita Fields

Grab a stool and listen to invited artisans discuss their craft. Artist Anita Fields creates works of clay and textile that reflect the worldview of her Native Osage culture. Field’s practice explores the complexities of cultural influences and the intersections of balance and chaos. Her art creates narratives that asks viewers to consider other ways of seeing and being in an effort to understand our shared existence. Landscapes, environment and the influences of nature are themes found throughout the work…

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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

Sunday Spiro Spotlight – Martha Berry

Grab a stool and listen to invited artisans discuss their craft. Martha Berry is a Cherokee beadwork artist who creates beaded art inspired by traditional Southeastern Woodlands Native American Indians. Her beadwork often illustrates the stories and lore of her Cherokee ancestors, allowing the observer to experience the power of their knowledge and the richness of their experience. Designated a Cherokee National Living Treasure by the Cherokee Nation for traditional Cherokee beadwork, Berry will share about her pieces included in…

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