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Grades 3–6

American Cowboy

What is a cowboy? Where did cowboy traditions come from? In this program students learn about the origins of the cowboy and what their daily lives looked like. Explore common myths popular culture has taught us and discover the rich diversity that makes up what we know as the cowboy today.

History of the Cowboy Hat

The Cowboy’s Horse

Barb Wire

History of Branding: Irons in the Fire

The Chuck Wagon

Paniolo Cowboy

Arena Legacy

Rodeo Origins

The Ranch Life

Grades 3-8

Best of the West

The frontier was home to many indigenous tribes and settled by emigrants from across the globe. During this program students compare and contrast Native American and non-Indian lifestyles, explore the legend of the American cowboy, analyze and interpret premier Western art using visual thinking strategy inquiry and identify how artifacts and artwork help communicate the story of the West today.

Emigrants Crossing the Plains

The Cowboy Artist

Charles M. Russell

The Sculptor

Fredric Remington

The Illustrator

Frederic Remington

A Portrait of the West

Fredric Remington

Windows to the West

Grades 2-6

First Peoples

Before it was “West,” this land was the ancestral home of many indigenous communities. Their culture is reflected in how they live and the types of dwellings they inhabit. The migration of European immigrants brought about the loss of land and lifeways, but introduced trade and new materials that were utilized in everyday life. This tour explores how the First Peoples persevered and are working to reclaim and advance cultural continuity.


Vanessa Jennings


Bruce Cesar


Anita Fields

Kiowa Six

The Native American Drum

Into the Circle

Silberman Collection

Head Dresses



Grades 3-4

Oklahoma as the West

The frontier was settled by rugged, versatile pioneers from around the world. They moved into the new frontier for many reasons, and Oklahoma was no exception. Students will compare and contrast life in the state for its Native American population and turn-of-the-century settlers, analyze the role of the military including the Buffalo Soldier, explore life in a recreated turn-of-the-century frontier town, and make comparisons to their lives today.


Anita Fields

The Fur Trade

Explore the West: Uniting a Nation

the Rodeo

The rodeo is a cultural emblem of the American West. Originating in the practices of Spanish, Mexican, and American cattle herders, rodeos evolved from informal competitions of ranching skills into organized public events that celebrate the cowboy lifestyle. Today, rodeos remain significant cultural and community events, reflecting the enduring allure of the cowboy ethos while contributing to the preservation of Western heritage and traditions.

Arena Legacy

Tie Down Roping

Arena Legacy

The Ride

Arena Legacy

Team Roping

Arena Legacy

Steer Wrestling

Arena Legacy

Saddle Bronc Riding

Arena Legacy

Bull Riding

Arena Legacy

Barrel Racing

Arena Legacy

Trick Riding

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