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July 2019

Saloon Series

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Join the Museum for a unique happy hour experience, featuring Cantera Negra tequila from Boardwalk Distribution and a tasting class from expert Adam Rott. Guests will enjoy new and exciting themed drinks while mingling inside the Museum. Admission is $25 online or $30 at the door and includes a drink flight, tasting class, "A Cowboy Morning" featured cocktail, hors d'oeuvre, games including giant Jenga and Cornhole and live music from Rodeo Opry. Patrons must be 21 years or older to…

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Summer Break Group Specials

Day Care / Day Camp Summer Break Specials Galleries and Classrooms A & B Visit the National Cowboy Museum for a fun, interactive experience with your children’s group. Group Rates start at $3.50 per child. Select one of the following programs or choose a self-directed tour. Wild in the West Monday-Friday Animal Tracks, ages 4 – 6 Best of the West, ages 7 – 12 "Wild in the West" engages children pre-K through second grade in tracking different animals in…

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Kids Take Over The Cowboy – Daily Fun for Kids

There’s never a bad time to bring your kids to The Cowboy, but July is especially packed with activities that will keep your little ones busy for hours while keeping everyone in the cool indoors.   Kids-Only Secret Messages Exploring the Museum has never been more fun! Each kid gets a decoder spy glass which will allow them to “decode” secret messages next art and artifacts throughout the Museum.   Kid Food at the Grill There's an expanded kids menu…

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Summer Signature Tour

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. Walk away with a…

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Cowboy Road Trip

Along with the opening of our new exhibit Passport, we invite you to take a trip across the American West, all within the walls of the Museum. Each child will receive their very own passport, with the chance to collect a prize as they leave. Bring Your Toy to The Cowboy Because you can’t leave home without your favorite toy, we’re inviting all children to bring their favorite stuffy or doll along for the ride. "Roadside" photo-ops will be scattered…

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Art Moments

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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Weekly Story Time

Join us every Tuesday in July at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for a special story time in the Museum Store.

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A Date with the Duke: McLintock (1963)

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

Hand-craft the perfect storage piece or décor accent. Suitable for beginner to advanced, all supplies provided; lunch is on your own. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Classrooms A & B Led by Basket Weavers Guild of Oklahoma, participants will create their own farm basket measuring approximately 9 inches high, 13 inches wide (square to round opening). General Pricing: $35 Museum Pricing: $30 Register online by July 23 at nationalcowboymuseum.org/farm-basket-workshop-registration/ 

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National Day of the Cowboy

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Join in a fun day of cowboy-themed activities like rope making and bandanna decorating as the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum celebrates National Day of the Cowboy. Sample sarsaparilla and delicious jerky courtesy of G.O.A.T. Beef Jerky Company. Enjoy pony hop races in the Special Events Center. Cowboy Jim Garling will serenade visitors and Cowboy Mike will be on hand to discuss the life of a cow poke. Activities are free with Museum admission and free for members. While…

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August 2019

Advancing the Pencil Portrait, Part I

LIMITED ENROLLMENT August 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Classrooms A & B SKILL LEVEL: Beginner to Advanced Whether you are new artist or have drawn for a while, this class helps you explore the essential steps in rendering an eye-catching portrait. The class covers how materials can create different textures and values as well as weekly demonstrations. Instructor: Scottie Scott Supply list provided. General Pricing $120 Museum Member Pricing $100 Register online at nationalcowboymuseum.org/event/advancingpencilport…

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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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Become a Museum Docent!

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Become a Museum Docent! 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Classroom A Docents lead adult and children tours, which are key in reaching the Museum's mission. Tours connect guests with art and artifacts so they may become stewards of our Western heritage! New docent orientation is Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Training begins Thursday, August 8 and is every Tuesday and Thursday through August 29, 2019. Training times vary, but are generally between 8:30 a.m. and…

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Western Movie Matinees : ¡Paseo! (Ride!) – In Old Arizona

Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. ¡Paseo! (Ride!): Caballeros, Vaqueros and Gauchos in American Films In an effort to explore the origins and evolution of the American cowboy from Europe and Africa to the Americas, Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art, presents four films about caballeros, vaqueros and gauchos in…

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Western Movie Matinees: ¡Paseo! (Ride!) – The Gay Caballero

Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. ¡Paseo! (Ride!): Caballeros, Vaqueros and Gauchos in American Films In an effort to explore the origins and evolution of the American cowboy from Europe and Africa to the Americas, Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art, presents four films about caballeros, vaqueros and gauchos in…

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Western Movie Matinees: ¡Paseo! (Ride!) – ¡Three Amigos!

Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short team up in this spoof about silent film cowboys who venture to a small Mexico town where they are mistaken for the real-life heroes they portrayed. 115 minutes. PG.

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Dinner and a Movie: The Rider (2017)

The Rider (2017) August 22, 2019 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room After a riding accident leaves a young cowboy unable to compete on the rodeo circuit, he undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. Written, produced and directed by Chloe Zhao, this contemporary Western drama, set on a South Dakota reservation, was called “cinematic poetry” by film critic…

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Read the West Book Club

JOIN READ THE WEST  BOOK CLUB! Held in the Dub & Mozelle Richardson Theater AUGUST 22, 2019 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. An Undisturbed Peace (2016) An Undisturbed Peace by Mary Glickman tells a sweeping historical novel of the Trail of Tears. A Jewish immigrant, a Cherokee woman and a black slave find love, friendship and redemption while facing the horrors of President Jackson’s Indian Removal Act as the tribes of the South make the grueling journey across the Mississippi River…

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Neighborhood Block Party

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Neighborhood Block Party August 25 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Sam Noble Special Events Center Persimmon Hill, Park Estates North/Cashions, Wildewood, Wildewood Hills/Heights, Ravenswood Manor neighbors and the Millwood Academy School community are invited to mingle at the National Cowboy Museum. This event features complimentary hamburgers, chips, soft drinks and cookies. At 5:00 p.m., enjoy the film, Buck and the Preacher (1972). Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and Ruby Dee star in this adventure Western about a wagon master who becomes a…

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Western Movie Matinees: ¡Paseo! (Ride!) – Ride, Vaquero!

After the Civil War, King Cameron (Howard Keel) moves to Texas, settles down with his wife (Ava Gardner) and purchases a cattle ranch. Life is disrupted when two outlaws, Rio and Esqueda, face a showdown over how to evict the new settlers in this action-packed story of mercy and betrayal. 90 minutes. Appropriate for ages 10+.

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Advancing the Pencil Portrait, Part II

LIMITED ENROLLMENT SKILL LEVEL: Beginner to Advanced August 29, September 5, 12, 19 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Classrooms A & B Drawing the pencil portrait not only pushes us to render a likeness, but brings challenges in texture. This class continues working artists with correct proportions and value placement, as well as focusing on different skin textures, clothing and hair. There will be a class project; or attendees may bring a picture of someone to draw. There will also…

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September 2019

Western Movie Matinees: Girls with Guns – Annie Oakley

In this big-budget biopic, a young Barbara Stanwyck plays the famous female sharpshooter who gained worldwide fame in the late 19th century for her marksmanship and mythology. Co-starring Preston Foster and Melvyn Douglas, this rather urban Western provides an interesting look at the Wild West shows that captured imaginations in the decades before Western movies came along. 90 minutes. Ages 8+.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: In Life and Death: Creation, Craftsmanship and Continuity of Ceramics

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: In Life and Death: Creation, Craftsmanship and Continuity of Ceramics September 5 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Join Eric Singleton, Ph.D., Curator of Ethnology, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, as he explores the history of ceramics in North America and their multiple uses within a community and throughout time. View the different regional styles from the North American Southwest, Great Plains and Southeast while discussing how and why people created, used,…

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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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Signature Tour

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. Walk away with a…

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Western Movie Matinees: Girls with Guns – The Paleface

Only superficially related to her historic namesake, sharpshooting scout Calamity Jane (Jane Russell) throws in with frontier dentist “Painless” Peter Potter (Bob Hope) in this hilarious Western spoof with gags and one-liners that will have you smiling for days. 91 minutes. Ages 8+.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Caballeros y Vaqueros: The Origin of Western Horse Cultures

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Caballeros y Vaqueros: The Origin of Western Horse Cultures September 12 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Since the domestication of horses 4,000 - 6,000 years ago, humans have created and used different technologies to use them in manners useful to human lifeways. Caballeros (horsemen) were the primary engines in driving the evolution of those technologies. Managing other animals from horseback, especially herding cattle, resulted in a workforce especially suited for cow-work. These…

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Opening Celebration for Caballeros y Vaqueros: The Origin of Western Horse Cultures

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Opening Celebration for Caballeros y Vaqueros: The Origin of Western Horse Cultures September 12 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the opening of the new exhibition Caballeros y Vaqueros at The Cowboy with food, drinks and live entertainment! The iconic Western cowboy actually can trace its roots to north and west Africa, up through Spain and then over to the New World. Caballeros y Vaqueros will tell this story using the decorative traditions of New World husbandry as they developed in…

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Ante Up!

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September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 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. Reserve Your Spot

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Conservation in the West Workshop – Elementary

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September 17, 2019 – Elementary Teachers (Grades K – 5) 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Join us for a K – 12 teacher professional development opportunity at the National Cowboy Museum in collaboration with the College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma. This educator workshop focuses on the history of conservation in the West, including the establishment of the National Park System. Participants gain a better understanding of the political and legislative aspects of conservation and the…

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Conservation in the West Workshop – Secondary

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September 18, 2019 – Secondary Teachers (Grades 6 – 12) 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Join us for a K – 12 teacher professional development opportunity at the National Cowboy Museum in collaboration with the College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma. This educator workshop focuses on the history of conservation in the West, including the establishment of the National Park System. Participants gain a better understanding of the political and legislative aspects of conservation and the…

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Western Movie Matinees: Girls with Guns – The Boy From Oklahoma

Aspiring attorney Will Rogers, Jr. wanders into town to mail a letter and quickly finds himself in a shooting match with local tomboy Nancy Olson. She disapproves of his laconic, lariat ways and he disapproves of her masculine attire, neither of which are the worst of their troubles – but almost. Directed by Michael Curtiz, this laidback Western features fun alongside very adequate action and adventure. 87 minutes. Ages 12+.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Saving Grand Canyon: Dams, Dreams and a Noble Myth

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Saving Grand Canyon: Dams, Dreams and a Noble Myth September 19 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater During the 20th century, developers, as well as state and federal agencies, made numerous attempts to build dams in the Grand Canyon, which, during the 1960s, culminated in a massive outpouring of public protest generated by the Sierra Club and other conservationist organizations. Although the dams were never built, the fight to keep them out of…

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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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Western Movie Matinees: Girls with Guns – Arizona

Surviving as a woman on her own in Arizona Territory requires Jean Arthur to defy some conventions and redefine others. Undermined and overwhelmed by the likes of William Holden and William Warren, gun-toting is just one of the techniques she uses to beat the men at their own game in this spectacular Civil War-era Western adventure. 125 minutes. Ages 8+.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Grab Your Passport, Let’s Travel!

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Grab Your Passport, Let’s Travel! September 26 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Art is the ultimate passport — it has the power to transport us to different places and times. Join Kera Newby, Digital and Manuscript Archivist, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and travel the world with American Western artists. Learn how a Thai dancer, a pharaoh, medieval knights and many other artworks came to be alongside the cowboys, Native Americans,…

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Read the West Book Club

JOIN READ THE WEST  BOOK CLUB! Held in the Dub & Mozelle Richardson Theater - refreshments provided SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Wild Bill (2019) In July 1865, Wild Bill Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, Missouri, the first quick-draw duel on the frontier. Thus began the reputation that made him a marked man to every gunslinger in the Wild West. The legend of Wild Bill has only grown since his death in 1876. Bestselling author…

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Annie Oakley Society Luncheon

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The Annie Oakley Society is made up of women leaders and philanthropists who, like Annie Oakley, play a significant role in shaping their communities while keeping the values and spirit of the West alive. Through their efforts, members are working with the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to build and sustain world-class educational experiences to teach children and families the rich history of the American West. In addition to preserving Western heritage and supporting children’s education, the members of…

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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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Western Movie Matinees: Laughing Out Loud – The Gold Rush

Chaplin claimed this was his best film! It is one he wrote, directed and starred in as a tribute to the Alaskan Gold Rush, as well as the real-life drama of the Donner group in the snowbound Sierra Nevadas. Chaplin combines tragedy and comedy with his traditional tramp character becoming a gold-digger. The Gold Rush was a huge hit throughout the world, blending fantasy, reality and memorable, comic moments. 95 minutes. Rated PG.

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Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale

October 4 - 5, 2019 Galleries open to the public October 5 The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) will showcase the best of saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing and rawhide braiding. The TCAA exhibition opens to the public on October 5 and is on view through January 6, 2020. Reservations for most Opening Weekend events are required.   See schedule below: Friday, October 4, 2019 6:00 p.m. Exclusive Preview Business casual or Western attire Saturday, October 5, 2019 5:00…

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Saturdays for Kids: Little Buckaroos Round-up

Saturdays for Kids: Little Buckaroos Round-Up/ Sábados para Niños: Pequeño Redondo de Vaqueros 10:00 a.m. – Noon Western States Plaza Do you have what it takes to be a cowboy or cowgirl? A caballero o vaquero? Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and discover the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the heritage and culture of the west. Test your skills at the Little Buckaroos Round-Up. Put on your favorite cowboy gear and join us for stick horse barrel races,…

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Western Movie Matinees: Laughing Out Loud – Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane combines comedy and music with the historic character of Calamity Jane. Acted with lively energy by Doris Day, this Western turns into a romance when she marries the famous Wild Bill Hickok, played by Howard Keel. 101 minutes. PG-13.

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Western Movie Matinees: Laughing Out Loud – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Laughing Out Loud: Westerns with a Comic Spirit Many great Western films feature serious stories, but the comic spirit has always been “out West” as well. This series celebrates what Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Doris Day, Paul Newman and Robert Redford have added to Western cinema. Andrew Horton, the Jeanne H. Smith…

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Saloon Series

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Saloon Series October 17 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Prosperity Junction Join the Museum for a unique happy hour experience. The Saloon Series is a four part tasting given by a knowledgeable connoisseur each class. Guests will enjoy new and exciting themed drinks while mingling in a saloon themed atmosphere. Admission is $25 at the door and includes a drink flight, tasting class, featured cocktail, hors d'oeuvre and live music. Patrons must be 21 years or older to enter.

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Western Movie Matinees: Laughing Out Loud – Blazing Saddles

Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles. Mel Brooks has become the master of parody of all genres in his TV shows and films ranging from The Producers (1967) and Young Frankenstein (1974) to Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).

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Turn the Town Upside Down!

10:00 a.m. – Noon Prosperity Junction Fun and fantasy abound when the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum welcomes friends to the transformed Prosperity Junction Western town! Begin Halloween with imaginative, kid-friendly activities. Families can sample sarsaparilla in the Silver Dollar Saloon, create a spooky woven matt, make a lantern, color a trick-or-treat bag and more. Come in costume! You may see your favorite creatures and characters turn the town upside down! $5 per person; free for Museum members. No…

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Wild Weather Camp

The Museum hosts David Payne’s Wild Weather Camp, a fun and interactive weather safety program developed by David Payne and the News 9 Weather Team for elementary students. Kids will learn about severe weather events and what to do in different scenarios. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy after the 45-minute presentation, then explore weather-related art in the Museum galleries. Admission is free for students and chaperones (one per seven students). Ask about a bus travel reimbursement. Space is limited…

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Western Movie Matinees: Frontier Clergy – Of Human Hearts

Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Frontier Clergy Though it was sometimes at the vanguard of westward expansion, while at other times a relative latecomer, religion motivated and inspired American pioneers and settlers in the West just as it had their colonial forefathers. But, religious leaders on the frontier faced unique challenges, a fact explored in these Hollywood…

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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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Western Movie Matinees: Frontier Clergy – Stars in my Crown

After the Civil War, pistol-packin’ parson Joel McCrea brings his guns and the gospel to a small Western town rife with sin and saloons. Intent on building a church and joining the community, his challenges include finding the right role for faith in times of turmoil, and knowing how to intervene when members of his flock stray from the path. Reported to be a personal favorite of McCrea, this powerful drama co-stars Ellen Drew and a young Dean Stockwell. 89 minutes. Ages 12+.

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Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend

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Reserve Tickets Now! November 8-9, 2019 The Rodeo Historical Society along with the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum  host the annual Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend celebrating the induction of rodeo legends into the Rodeo Hall of Fame, Ben Johnson Memorial Award, and the Tad Lucas Memorial Award recipients. Weekend events include the Rope ‘N’ Ride Cocktail Reception, Inductee Panel Discussion, Champions’ Dinner, Benefit Auction, and Induction Ceremony.     Become a member of the Rodeo Historical Society Today!…

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Small Works, Great Wonders

Patiently Waiting by Edward Aldrich, Oil, 16” x 16” November 8, 2019 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. Door prizes, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music paired with beautiful works of art make for a truly special evening. During this unique sales event, purchasers may leave with art in hand at the end…

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Western Movie Matinees: Frontier Clergy – Brigham Young

Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Frontier Clergy Though it was sometimes at the vanguard of westward expansion, while at other times a relative latecomer, religion motivated and inspired American pioneers and settlers in the West just as it had their colonial forefathers. But, religious leaders on the frontier faced unique challenges, a fact explored in these Hollywood…

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Oklahoma Heritage Concert

Celebrate Oklahoma’s 112th birthday and watch history come to life at the National Cowboy Museum with stage performances by Rodeo Opry, using an interactive program to teach Oklahoma history, music and culture. This educational music experience takes participants through trials and triumphs, including Native American heritage, the Dust Bowl, state symbols and famous Oklahomans. Follow up the concert with self-exploration of Museum galleries. Free admission to the program and Museum for students and chaperones (one per seven students). Concert runs…

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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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Western Movie Matinees: Frontier Clergy – Rooster Cogburn (And the Lady)

Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Frontier Clergy Though it was sometimes at the vanguard of westward expansion, while at other times a relative latecomer, religion motivated and inspired American pioneers and settlers in the West just as it had their colonial forefathers. But, religious leaders on the frontier faced unique challenges, a fact explored in these Hollywood…

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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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Holiday Wine-Down

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December 3 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Located in the Museum Lobby 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 November 29. Register to Attend

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Educators After Hours: Appreciation Night

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Educators and a guest are invited to experience all that the National Cowboy Museum offers teachers and students! Museum education staff, curators and docents showcase available educational resources, preview student tours, and lead Museum Vault tours. Guests are also invited to explore Museum galleries on their own. Refreshments and a cash bar are available. Limited to K – 12 educators and students teachers plus one guest. This event is free; however, pre-registration is required by November 29. Register Here This event…

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Express Employment Professionals’ 25rd Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball

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Express Employment Professionals’ 25th Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball December 6, 2019 Presented by Express Employment Professionals, the 25th 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. Reservations are required; visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/cowboychristmas. 5:00 p.m.         Visit Santa Claus and shop in The…

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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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February 2020

Oklahoma Heritage Concert – The Dirty Thirties

Watch Oklahoma history come to life at the National Cowboy Museum with stage performances by Rodeo Opry. This interactive program teaches Oklahoma history, music and culture with an emphasis on Woody Guthrie, the Dust Bowl, and the 1930s and the special exhibition, Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing. Follow up the concert with self-exploration of Museum galleries. Free admission to the program and Museum for students and chaperones (one per seven students). Concert runs one hour. Suitable for older elementary through…

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Dorothea Lange: More than the Dust Bowl Workshop

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Join us for a professional development opportunity for teachers of grades 5 –12 at the National Cowboy Museum in collaboration with the College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma. Best known for her Migrant Mother photograph, Dorothea Lange’s body of work touched on provocative social and political issues throughout her career, including Japanese internment, racial segregation and Civil Rights. This workshop focuses on Lange’s social and political activism in the 20th century as seen through her lens.…

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March 2020

Weatherschool

NewsChannel 4 and the National Cowboy Museum are teaming up to present Weatherschool, a great way for kids to learn about Oklahoma’s ever-changing weather in a lively format with the KFOR 4Warn Storm Team. Following Weatherschool, explore the Museum’s exhibitions to discover the role of weather in the West. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy after the 45-minute presentation, then explore weather-related art in the Museum galleries. Admission is free for students and chaperones (one per seven students). Ask about…

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Educators After Hours: Andy Warhol’s West

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Socialize after hours during a free K – 12 professional development session at the National Cowboy Museum. Seth Hopkins, executive director of the Booth Western Art Museum and curator of Warhol in the West, leads educators on a tour of the exhibit, featuring Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians portfolio, the last major project before his death. It includes images of 14 iconic Western subjects such as Custer, Geronimo and John Wayne.  Participants will: Explore Warhol and the West with exhibit curator…

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April 2020

Liichokoshkomo’! Teacher Open House

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Educators are invited to be among the first to see Liichokoshkomo’!, 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. Enjoy light refreshments and explore this new educational space at this special event just for K – 12 educators and student teachers. (Educators may bring one guest.) Museum staff will also be available to schedule field trips for the 2020 – 2021 school…

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May 2020

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 killed him 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 importance…

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