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Curator Conversations: “As God Has Made It”: Landscape Painting in the American West

Painters who were trained in the transcendentalist and Hudson River “schools” began traveling to the American West and other exotic parts of the Americas beginning in the late 1850s. These artists sought healing for the United States in the canvases they produced from the time of the Civil War to World War I. Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Frederic Edwin Church, Charles Franklin Reaugh and Thomas Hill are among those artists whose work will be discussed as they sought to capture...

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Clue! at the Cowboy

“A crime has been committed in Prosperity Junction. A prominent citizen has been murdered. You have been deputized to help find out what happened.” Relive your childhood by playing the popular board game Clue, IRL! Join us in our re-created 19th century frontier town as we work to solve a crime and interview suspects to determine: Who done it? Where? And with What weapon? Win a prize for correctly identifying all three. Put on your best Western duds, enjoy hors...

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Read the West Book Club: Rise of Wolf 8

Yellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolves — but park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s. Decades later, the rangers brought them back, with the first wolves arriving from Canada in 1995. This is the incredible true story of one of those wolves. Wolf 8 struggles at first — an unusually young alpha male, barely a teenager in human years, Wolf 8 rises to the occasion, hunting skillfully and even defending...

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Tequila!

Join National Cowboy Museum Curator Nathan Jones in exploring the landscape, culture, and traditions that gave birth to tequila, the West’s homegrown spirit. The talk will feature the photographs of Joel Salcido that feature in Aliento a Tequila, including images from the original distilleries that founded the industry, as well as several artisanal tequileras committed to the ancestral ways of tequila-making, from harvest to bottle. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free...

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Transformers and Tricksters: Mythology in Art on the Northwest Coast

Join National Cowboy Museum Curator of Ethnology Eric Singleton in a discussion on the origin of the world and the mythic tales that shaped its development. These stories reflect social values and are part of the ongoing artistic tradition of indigenous people who today still live on the Northwest Coast. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Brown Bag presentation and The Museum Grill.

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Curator Conversation and Exhibition Openings: Aliento a Tequila and Sombreros Texanas and Bosses of the Plains: Cowboy Hats from the Permanent Collection

Join the National Cowboy Museum for an evening filled with programming! Kick off the evening with the Curator Conversation with special guest Dr. Marie Sarita Gaytán, Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Utah, discussing her extensive study of the tequila industry. Immediately following the presentation, raise a glass to the opening of Aliento a Tequila and Sombreros Texanas and Bosses of the Plains: Cowboy Hats from the Permanent Collection. Tequila explores and celebrates the landscape,...

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Sombreros

Every cowboy hat tells a story. Not only stories of the wearer(s), but also where the hat was worn and used. Join McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture and Curator of Cowboy Collections andWestern Art, “Cowboy Mike” Grauer, and learn more about the wearers and the worn, drawn from the National Cowboy Museum’s vast cowboy hat collection.  Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Brown Bag presentation and The Museum...

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Read the West Book Club: Empire of Shadows

In a radical reinterpretation of the 19th century West, George Black casts Yellowstone's creation as the culmination of three interwoven strands of history — the passion for exploration, the violence of the Indian Wars and the "civilizing" of the frontier. It charts a course through the lives of those who sought to lay bare its mysteries: Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, a gifted but tormented cavalryman; the ambitious former vigilante leader Nathaniel Langford; scientist Ferdinand Hayden, who brought photographer William Henry...

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Looking Through the Windows to the West

From 1991 – 1996, Wilson Hurley (1924 – 2008) devoted his life and artistic skill to creating five enormous triptychs that depict the grandeur of the American West landscape. Known collectively as the Windows to the West, these 15 canvases grace the walls of the National Cowboy Museum’s Sam Noble Special Events Center. In this Brown Bag session, Kera Newby, Director of the Dickinson Research Center and Curator of Archives at The Cowboy, presents Hurley’s preparation journey for the triptych...

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Traditional Cowboy Arts Workshop: Engraving and Design

In conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA), this workshop will focus on aspects of design, layout and engraving and inlay techniques. Learn from experts in the field to create the decorative elements that go into creating beautiful and functional art. Instructors: Bit and spur makers Wilson Capron and Ernie Marsh have more than 50 years’ experience between them. Their unique designs and insights into the craft have influenced the work of many contemporary bit and spur makers. Suitable...

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