It’s our 2nd annual Chisholm Trail Cowboy Youth Poetry Contest. Your original cowboy poem could earn you some cash!
Four categories: pre-K to 12th grade. Entries due by Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Click here for all the details. Rules and Entry Forms
Pictured are two of the entries in the 2018 contest. More can be found on our Facebook page.
Thanks to Woody Creek Ranch for sponsoring the cash prizes for this contest! (Woody Creek Ranch was established in 1909, Bray, Oklahoma, and continues to be a thriving testament to the spirit of the cowboy. We appreciate their dedication to the Heritage Center and the cowboy way of life.
Thank you to Oklahoma Arts Council for making this educational program possible.
We are open Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (and 1-5 p.m. Sundays)
In fact – we are open daily – with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is hosting a free writing workshop, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, to be led by Oklahoma author Beth Robinson. She will inspire writers of all ages in this two hour workshop.
It is recommended participants arrive about 1:15 p.m. The workshop begins at 1:30 p.m. (The museum does not open until 1 p.m.) Robinson is an award-winning writer who creates engaging dialogue with the participants. She offers many writing exercises and participants will have a hands-on opportunity to explore the museum in at least one writing exercise.
Students who are considering entering the Heritage Center’s second annual Cowboy Youth Poetry Contest are encouraged to attend this free workshop. Deadlines for entries in the student contest are Nov. 1, 2019.
Full details will be added to the website and to the Facebook page for the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center. Registration for the workshop is not required, but is appreciated. To register, call (580) 252-6692, or email: email@example.com
We will be closed all day, Thursday, November 28, 2019 so that our staff may enjoy the holiday with their families and friends. We hope you will shop with us on Friday, November 29, when we open for regular hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Remember – shop local & the bonus is you avoid the crowds and find unique gifts!
The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center annually hosts the Youth Art Month show that features art from students in area high schools. The 2020 show theme is “Take a Journey Through Art. This will be the 10th year for the museum to participate in the national program.
Art is submitted by the teachers on behalf of their students. A public reception will be 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5. All students, their families and other supporters of the program are invited to attend.
Students who are interested in having their work displayed should contact their art teacher. Teachers who would like to submit work can contact Leah Mulkey, CTHC Education Coordinator for details.
There is no cost to the students or schools to participate, or to attend the public reception. Historically, art entries range from 140 to more than 300 pieces of art submitted by more than 100 area art students. Past shows have included mosaics, scratchboard, drawings, collage, paintings and photography. Art teachers are encouraged to follow the theme, but it is not required. If you are a teacher who has never participated in the Heritage Center’s annual show, please contact Leah Mulkey in advance. Space is limited for art display.
“Looking Through Indian Eyes” will feature the art of Brent Learned, who is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. The show is April 2 – June 30, 2020, at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK.
Learned, an Oklahoma City artist, wants people to realize after seeing his art that Native Americans still exist and they have stories to tell. He uses bold colors to tell his stories through paintings. Learn more about his work in this PBS News Hour article: https://to.pbs.org/2OtHMJF
Reception to be announced.
“The Long Hard Ride: A Commemoration of the Chisholm Trail” – an installation exhibition by Oklahoma leather artist, Jim Weaver.
Weaver’s exhibition will feature new work, with nearly a dozen large-scale leather hides displayed in the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s main exhibit room. Extensive research by the artist has included visual and written references of the 1870s cattle drives, drovers’ journals and geography, which will be the focus of this exhibit. Using his leather craft skills, Weaver is known for telling a story of history, and how humans are dependent upon the earth.
“Geographically, the scene will begin in San Antonio and end at the railroad stockyards in Abilene, Kansas,” Weaver said. His exhibit will include, the extreme weather conditions faced along the trail, topography and more. His work has been featured in The Paseo Arts District, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Gallery, the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Laboratory in Ada since 2016 as part of its 50th anniversary, and most recently in France, among numerous other places. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition provided Weaver with a funding grant for this exhibit.
July 2 – Sept. 28, 2020 – Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, 1000 Chisholm Trail Pkwy, Duncan, OK 73533
Photo: Jim Weaver researching the archives at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.