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Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan

July 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - April 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Cartoon. Tom Ryan, circa 1945, drawing. Tom Ryan Collection. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 2002.032.6 Acclaimed Western artist Tom Ryan (1922-2011) spoke often about those who inspired him: N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Frank Reilly, even Rembrandt. Yet sketches from the Museum’s Dickinson Research Center reveal another influence — cartoons and comic strips. Dating from 1936 to 1945, the small drawings provide a snapshot of Ryan’s high school and Coast Guard years. Original characters Dan the Cop and…

We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma

August 19 @ 10:00 am - October 22 @ 5:00 pm

Family portrait, circa 1915. Henry M. Wantland, photographer. Stillwater, Oklahoma. Robert E. Cunningham Collection, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 2000.005.3.0654a. In 1891, Henry M. Wantland and his young family arrived in Oklahoma Territory and settled in Stillwater, a small town born of the Land Run and bustling with opportunity and ambition. He eventually purchased a photography studio and spent the next two decades recording the world around him. In the exhibition We the People: A Portrait…

Life and Legacy: The Art of Jerome Tiger

August 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - May 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

The Coming Weather. Jerome Tiger (Muscogee/Seminole), 1967. The Arthur and Shifra Silberman Collection, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 1996.27.1013. August 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the passing of one of Oklahoma’s most celebrated artists, Jerome Tiger. Having only painted for five years, Tiger produced hundreds of works of art and won numerous awards throughout the country. Today, his work is shown in museums across the nation and he is recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists. To…

Wide Open Wednesdays

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until November 15, 2017

Free admission courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Occurs every Wednesday from August 2 – November 15.

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Henry M. Wantland’s Eye on Central Oklahoma’s Culture

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

9th and Main in Stillwater, circa 1908. Henry M. Wantland, photographer. Robert E. Cunningham Collection, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 2000.005.4.058. Noon – 1:00 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room By examining Henry Wantland’s work, we see that he excels at capturing the people and imagery of a newly opened frontier and a particular moment in Western history. In doing so, he memorializes the cultures of central Oklahoma at the turn of the 20th century. Wantland…

Western Movie Matinees

September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 15, 2017

Wednesdays, August 2 – November 15 1:00 p.m., Dub & Mozelle Richardson Theater. Join us for these curated selections. Popcorn provided. Museum is admission-free to all on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers.   Click here for times and showings: https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/movies

We the People: Teaching Oklahoma through Images Workshop

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Join us for a free K-12 Teacher Professional Development opportunity at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in collaboration with the College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma. SOLD OUT! Click here for additional Teacher Workshop opportunities.  

Hidden History: Finding and Preserving Your Heritage [OLLI-OSU morning class]

September 28 @ 10:00 am - November 2 @ 12:00 pm

Worried about that box of photos in the attic? Or the stack of scrapbooks from your daughter in the back closet? How about all the pictures of your grandkids on your computer? In this six week course you will learn about Oklahomans through their photographs, explore better ways to store your memories, and preserve them for generations to come. Instructors Kimberly Roblin, Director and Curator of Archives, Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center, introduces the first session, and…

Strong and Sassy Women in the West [OLLI-OSU afternoon class]

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - November 2 @ 3:30 pm

Western movies have primarily been a male dominated genre, but after World War II Hollywood supported many strong female roles. Previously the call girls, damsels in distress, or left behind to just be ‘lovely,’ women were portrayed as everything from the hard-nosed saloon owner, to an outlaw, or a cattle queen. This course examines the changing roles of women in the West through films made after WWII where women take center stage. Film notes follow the description of each screening.…

Fall Signature Tour

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 17, 2017

Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) From Remington and Russell to Native American works, see some of the finest Western art in the country during this docent-facilitated Museum tour. 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…

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