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Free Art Monday summer program @ Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm
Free Art Monday summer program @ Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Free Art Monday summer program, June 1 – July 27, 2020. Each Monday, for eight weeks in the summer, families can come and enjoy a free art project under our outdoor portico. This is a[...]

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Chisholm Trail Heritage Center joins Museums for All program to provide reduced admission for low-income families

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is now a partner with the Museums for All program, providing reduced admission for low-income families.

Museums for All supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits when they visit the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center. Individuals only have to show their SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and a valid photo identification card (such as a Driver’s License or state-issued ID).

“We’re excited about this new partnership, as we strive to increase our community outreach efforts,” said CTHC’s Interim Executive Director Leah Mulkey. “We will be offering a reduced admission fee of $2 per person, plus tax, for up to four people on one EBT card.” Regular admission is $6 plus tax per person.

“We had 15,862 visitors in 2018, with more than 10,000 of those being counted for attendance in our education field trip programs and other community outreach programs,” Mulkey said. Education totals for 2019… Continue reading

Benefits of holiday shopping at the museum

Unique gifts to be found at local non-profit

Your gift hunting days for December seem to quickly be disappearing and you may be one of those who decide you will finish your holiday shopping list at the local store. You know – that place where you buy your groceries, blankets, kitchen gadgets, etc. – and think, ‘hey, I’ll get everyone something and be done!’ Hours (or days) later, you straggle out, defeated, spending more money than you planned, and still don’t have that perfect gift.

Did you stop to consider that many of the best gifts are not the ones you will find at the big discount warehouse, but instead at your local non-profit venues?

Here at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, our small gift shop has some of the most unique items, and an excellent selection of books – ranging from historic content, educational research to cookbooks, children’s books… Continue reading

Free movie night and evening shopping at the museum

If you aren’t doing anything Thursday evening, or maybe you are hoping to find a community event to attend, so you can escape holiday chores – then join us here at the Heritage Center for a film screening of the favorite holiday classic “White Christmas” in our Experience Theater. It’s a free event!

Quick Details:

Thursday, Dec. 12 – Movie starts at 6:30 p.m., doors to theater will open 10-15 minutes prior to the show.
Seats are limited. No reserves.
We are also keeping our gift shop open!
The museum will remain open 5 to 9 p.m. (or thereabouts when the movie ends)
Popcorn and drinks available.
Why visit our gift shop? Because we have many unique gifts, including some that would be perfect for stocking stuffers for all ages.
Bacon Candy Canes, Bedre’ Chocolate, Fine Art, an assortment of coffee mugs and shot glasses, jewelry, books, children’s toys, souvenirs,… Continue reading

Holiday Open House offers free admission and fun

It aint Christmas yet fellers

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s event has plenty of  activities planned for Tuesday

Duncan, Okla. – Guests visiting the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Tuesday, Dec. 3, won’t have to look far to find some holiday joy. Preparations for the Holiday Open House began a few weeks ago as the team began decorating the museum, rounding up gifts and other “elf-like tasks.”

Free admission begins when the doors open at 10 a.m. and stay open until 6 p.m.
“We want everyone to just visit and have a good time. There will be refreshments, a holiday craft station for the children, and Cowboy Santa will be here from 4 to 6 p.m.,” said Interim Executive Director Leah Mulkey.

“Everyone on our staff has been busy behind the scenes to help make the Holiday Open House a success.”

Parents or grandparents bringing their children to see Santa should bring their own cameras or… Continue reading

Young cowboy poets write about the Chisholm Trail and western life

Twenty winners announced in the second poetry contest

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DUNCAN, Okla. – Students from four states submitted entries to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s second annual cowboy poetry contest this fall. Poems about life in the country, rodeos, railroads, and the Chisholm Trail entertained the judges who had to narrow the 63 entries to a list of 20 winners. The contest was for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Jordan Smith, a third-grade student at Comanche Elementary, was the only student this year who also participated last year. She went from the 3rd place in second grade to 1st place in third grade with her “Halloween on the Chisholm Trail” entry. Oliver Womack, a sixth-grade home school student in Oklahoma City, received 1st placemarks from all judges, for his “Inferno of the West” entry.

Through teachers, cowboy poet performers and social media,… Continue reading

Holiday Open House in December!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Dec. 3 to join us for a special Holiday Open House!

Free Admission all day – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be refreshments, holiday decor, door prizes and drawings throughout the entire day.

Some of our artists will be here throughout the day to visit with guests. We currently have new paintings on display from area artists – Mikel Davison (Duncan), Janet Loveless (Marlow), and Greg Erway (Lawton). We also have a beautiful nature and landscape photography exhibit featuring the work of Sarah Rodefeld of Maud, Oklahoma. All of these artists have their work available to purchase and it would make great gifts for giving.

We will have a few surprises and will reveal more details in the next few weeks. The museum has wonderful western holiday decor to get you in the spirit here on The Chisholm Trail.

Regional Artist Spotlight: Janet Loveless

Janet Loveless, a resident of Marlow, has honed her artistic talents throughout her entire life. Gay Faulkenberry, Chris Morel and others have helped her grow as an artist. Challenging herself, she takes classes and workshops and paints plein air, “where you have to develop and document quickly.”

She is in our Regional Artist Spotlight this holiday season. Three original oil paintings are on display in the Garis Gallery of the American West.  “Watchful Eye” “Running Free” and “Wichita Wildlife Refuge” are her newest works. A watercolor painting from her earlier years is in the permanent Garis collection.

Loveless has been a Marlow resident since 1974. Originally from the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland, art has been a main component of her entire life.

“I continue to work through galleries and various venues to promote my art as well as the education of others to understand the complexity of painting… Continue reading

Regional Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Hammer

Jennifer Hammer is one of our regional artists in the spotlight through the end of October 2019.

She’ll tell you she has a Bowie address, but really lives in a corner of Jack County, Texas and her work attests to the fact that it doesn’t matter where you create art, it’s the heart that you put forth.

Hammer’s two pieces (seen above) include “Heart of the Trail” and “Night Lights,” both of which have won awards.

“Heart of the Trail” is the first cowboy portrait piece she created. Using pastels, including several shades of brown she mixed using sterilized earth she scooped up after the 2013 Creede fire in Colorado, the art is based off a photograph shot by a fellow Texas artist, Jack Milchanowski. “Heart of the Trail” has won Best of Show and People’s Choice Awards at the Chisholm Trail Arts Association’s 2017 National Juried Art Show, and… Continue reading

Mish guest speaker at October’s Reading Down The Plains

A local group, Reading Down The Plains, is bringing Oklahoma Poet Laureate, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish to Duncan, Saturday, Oct. 26. We have partnered with RDTP to host this event here at the Heritage Center. Mish will read from some of her published writings, which includes new works and her books, “What I Learned at the War,” and “Oklahomeland: Essays.”

We are excited to team up with RDTP, which is co-founded by Gary Reddin, editor of 580 Magazine, and Derrick Miller, journalism teacher at Duncan Middle School.

“Many of the authors who participate in RDTP have had some connection to the Heritage Center over the years,” CTHC’s Communications & Exhibits Director, Toni Hopper said.
“We want this month’s event to be successful for both Reading Down The Plains and the Heritage Center. This is a great opportunity for the community. Providing the space and having a literary event for adults is… Continue reading

Free Writing Workshop with Beth Robinson

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Free Writing Workshop
1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6
Oklahoma author Beth Robinson will lead and inspire writers of all ages in this free two-hour workshop at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan.
“I always love working with writers in a community. It’s especially fun when we get a combination of ages and experience and different tastes! We’ll be trying out different forms of poetry,” Robinson said.
“I liked the ekphrastic poem where participants get to find something that appeals to them in the museum as inspiration for their writing. My process will be similar to last year but it’s always brand new because it’s a different day with a different mix in the room! I like to respond to who shows up; we’ll have a great time.”
{The word ekphrasis, or ecphrasis, comes from the Greek for the description of a work of art produced as a rhetorical… Continue reading