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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

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Día de los Muertos

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Día de los Muertos is a Mexican festival celebrated every year from October 31 – November 2 in commemoration of deceased friends and family members. Create a colorful sugar skull rock, a unique twist on a holiday tradition. Make tissue paper marigolds and papel picado, colorful symbols of the holiday, and enjoy storytime. Free for members or with Museum admission. All activities available while supplies last.

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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 for Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Fall Break Drop-In Activities: Fall Tree Finger Painting

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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. Thursday, October 15 – Fall Tree Finger Painting  Create a Fall foliage masterpiece using just your hand!

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Fall Break Drop-In Activities: Foam Fall Leaf Wreath

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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. Friday, October 16 – Foam Fall Leaf Wreath Assemble a beautiful wreath of colorful fall leaves to spruce up your home (Get it? Spruce … leaves).

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Fall Break Drop-In Activities: Beaded pumpkin

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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. Monday, October 19 - Beaded pumpkin ‘Tis the season of pumpkin-spiced … crafts? Make your own seasonal gourd with beads and pipe cleaners.

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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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Steampunk Fall Celebration

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Come in your best Steampunk (or Halloween) get-up for the Museum’s fall celebration. Create your own Steampunk accessories: goggles and wrist-top time-machine cuffs. Explore the Design-a-Robot maker space and create your own mini ‘bot out of everyday objects. Color a thaumotrope (a what?!), try your hand at fast draw target practice, look out for a penny-farthing and learn a dance or two. Activities are free for Museum members of with Museum admission. While supplies last.

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Cherokee Cultural Celebration

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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

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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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Late Night at the Museum

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Enjoy an evening of social-distanced fun! Paint a canvas inspired by Tom Palmore’s Royal Family from the Museum’s contemporary art collection and explore Prosperity Junction on a flashlight tour. Bring your pillows and blankets and curl up for a showing of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Popcorn provided! An adult must accompany children. $35 per child for ages 4 and up, $20 per adult. Reservations required by November 3, to register click here.

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Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Our Universe: Star Peoples of Skidi

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Walk through and discover constellations important to the Pawnee people. Map your own chart and listen to star stories. View the Pawnee lodge and identify directional points.

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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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Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend

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The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Rodeo Historical Society host the annual Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend celebrating rodeo legends’ induction into the Rodeo Hall of Fame as well as the Ben Johnson Memorial Award and Tad Lucas Memorial Award recipients.   Rope ‘N’ Ride Cocktail Reception Friday, November 13 Inductee Panel Discussion Saturday, November 14 Rodeo Hall of Fame Champions’ Dinner, Benefit Auction and Induction Ceremony Saturday, November 14 For sponsorship information, please contact Trent Riley…

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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

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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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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A Date with the Duke: Rio Grande (1950)

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Enjoy the third film in John Ford’s “cavalry trilogy.” Lieutenant Colonel Kirby Yorke (John Wayne) heads a cavalry post on the Texas side of the Rio Grande, defending settlers against Apaches launching raids from the Mexican side of the river. When Yorke's 16-year-old son, Jeff (Claude Jarman Jr.)— whom Yorke hasn’t seen since he was a baby — shows up at the post as one of the new recruits, Yorke treats him more harshly than the others. Things are further…

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Holiday Wine-Down

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Relax from the stresses of the holidays! Visit the Museum for a Holiday Wine-Down painting class under instruction from Wine & Palette. $45; $40 for Museum members. All supplies provided, including light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Reservations required by December 9, to register click here.

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26th Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball

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26th Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball December 18, 2020 The 26th annual yuletide dance features Michael Martin Murphey headlining an evening of entertainment for the entire family. An alcohol-free event with more than enough spirit coming from the combination of a bountiful home-cooked dinner buffet, traditional Western songs and dances dating back more than 100 years, and an unforgettable visit from Santa. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Trent Riley at triley@nationalcowboymuseum.org or (405) 478-2250 ext 251

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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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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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