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June 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Western Landscape Art

Welcome back to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum! Join us for our first post-quarantine Kids Take Over the Cowboy with extended activity hours. We’re rolling out everything we didn’t get to share while safely sheltering-in-place. Be among the first to explore Liichokoshkomo’, the Museum’s brand new outdoor playscape. Determine what to pack in your covered wagon, explore Native American dwellings, and figure out how frequently the geyser erupts! ARTSPACE at Untitled artists will be onsite to help you create a screen print inspired by Warhol and the West, on exhibit through July 5. Local artist Courtney Abbott will show how to grab a paintbrush and create your own Western landscape masterpiece just like the ones you’ll find throughout…

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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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Signature Tour

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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. Walk away with a better understanding of the diverse cultures that have shaped…

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July 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Independence Day at Prosperity Junction

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Celebrate Independence Day in Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s Western frontier town. With a cake walk and a variety of other activities, there is something for all ages. Enjoy storytime and stay for a showing of An American Tail. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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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 with at least one previous class to advanced. All supplies provided; lunch is on your own. $35; $30 for Museum members. Register Here.

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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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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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Date with the Duke: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

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The second in John Ford’s “Cavalry trilogy” boasts what might be the greatest use ever made by Ford of Monument Valley. Captain Brittles (John Wayne), rankling from the defeat at Little Bighorn, faces retirement at the same time as a new Indian war threatens. Matters come to a head when he leads a mission against a nearby Cheyenne encampment at the same time as he must escort his superior officer’s wife and daughter to the stagecoach. After both his missions…

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National Day of the Cowboy

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Join in a fun day at the Museum’s celebration of National Day of the Cowboy, honoring cowboy culture and pioneering heritage. Embrace your inner-cowboy/girl and dress up in your Western duds and enjoy crafts and activities. The first 300 kids receive a Sheriff’s badge. Decorate a pinwheel, design your own rodeo bib, create a pool noodle stick horse and more! Partake in jerky and hard tack samples while exploring Prosperity Junction and Liichokoshkomo’s Town Square. Enjoy entertainment from the Ward…

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August 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Moving Day – Western Luggage

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The history of the West tells the stories of people’s movement. From nomadic Native American tribes, to explorers like Lewis and Clark, to settlers moving West in wagons, they all needed something to carry their belongings. Pack a wagon like a settler, assemble a no-sew leather pouch of your own, experiment with Native American travois, enjoy storytime and stay for a showing of Wild Country. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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Academy of Western Art – Becoming a Better Painter: Guidance from a Lifelong Painter

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August 4 - 7 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Artist Andrew Peters will explain his process in preparing his canvas and setting up his equipment to begin a painting. Each student will then begin painting a subject of their own choosing. Through daily presentations and demonstrations, Peters will describe how to truly see the subject and provide individual instruction to assist students with their painting through each stage to completion. Students will work on one or two paintings throughout the…

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Drawing in Different Styles

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Is variety the spice of your life? Then this is the art class for you! Join artist Scottie Scott as she leads this drawing class combining various styles – including portraiture, still life and plein air – utilizing various media such as graphite, charcoal, conté and watercolor. August 6: Venture into the Museum’s Garden Gallery for a plein air drawing session August 13: Draw a portrait from a live model August 20: Explore still life by capturing the essence of…

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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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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

Annie Oakley Society Luncheon

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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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Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Chuck Wagon Edition

This month, Kids Take Over the Cowboy is taking over the whole weekend in combination with our Annual Chuck Wagon Festival! Enjoy western themed activities, crafts and performances. Play western games, make cloth action figures, decorate a bandanna, join in the barrel racing, sample some western treats and much more. For more information, click here.

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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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Prix de West Opening Weekend

Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale Opening Weekend Events Friday, September 11, through Saturday, September 12, 2020 The Museum hosts its annual exhibition of more than 300 paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation. The premier art exhibition features works ranging from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art. Landscapes, wildlife art, and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. 2020 Prix de West…

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Prix de West Art Moments

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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 September 11, 12 and 13. Free to Museum members and Prix de West…

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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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Date with the Duke: Fort Apache (1948)

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Enjoy the first in John Ford’s “Cavalry trilogy.” When arrogant and stubborn Civil War hero Lieutenant Colonel Owen Thursday played by Henry Fonda, arrives in Arizona with his daughter, Philadelphia (Shirley Temple), to assume command of the Fort Apache outpost, he clashes with level-headed Captain Kirby York (John Wayne). Viewing the local Native Americans through an ignorantly negative lens, Thursday is determined to engage them in battle for his own glory, despite the warnings of York—an act of folly that…

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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

Western Heritage Awards

The Western Heritage Awards honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Western heritage through creative works in literature, music, television and film that share the great stories of the American West. Presented by celebrity hosts, this black-tie event also honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Western heritage with their inductions into the Hall of Great Western Performers and Hall of Great Westerners as well as the presentation of the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award and Lifetime Achievement…

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Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale

Showcasing the best in Western bits, spurs, rawhide braiding, saddlery and silverwork. October 2, 2020 Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale Exclusive Preview 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. October 3, 2020 Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale Opening Weekend Sale & Celebration 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. View the 2019 Online Catalog For sponsorship opportunities, contact Trent Riley at triley@nationalcowboymuseum.org or (405) 478-2250 ext 251

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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. Enjoy storytime and stay for a showing of Coco. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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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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November 2020

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. Stay for a showing of Dreamkeeper. Free for members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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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. Available while supplies last.

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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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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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