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.
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!
POSTPONED – COVID19 pandemic. We will reschedule.
Cowboys and Cobbler Throwdown
Cowboys and Cobbler Throwdown is a new event coming to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, Saturday, April 4, 2020. This tasty, fun fundraiser is open to all cowboys, cattle queens, and of course, bakers, youth ages 10-17; and adults, 18 and older.
Bakers must enter their own home-cooked cobbler. Bakers are limited to a maximum of two different cobblers. Dutch oven cobblers, large casserole and deep dish cobblers are all acceptable, but pies will not be accepted. There is no entry fee.
Registration forms due by Friday, March 27. Late registrations will be accepted with a fee of $20, deadline April 2.
Non-monetary prizes to be awarded in four different categories, including a People’s Choice award, for both youth and adults divisions. The cobbler in both youth and adult divisions with the most tickets will win the People’s Choice awards.
Tickets for tasting will be sold for minimum $5 for five samples and $1 for each additional sample to taste.
There will also be ice cream, because, as in the words of Cowboy Mike, “It’s a sin to serve cobbler without ice cream!”
Entertainment throughout the day will include cowboy performer flutist Duane Paul of Duncan | and Two Belles also of Duncan.
A finale 2 hour concert will feature Gary S. Pratt. Jay Snider will emcee this event (which is set for the afternoon 1-5 p.m.) Cobbler entries to be accepted 12:30-1 p.m. Event kickoff at 1 p.m.
A “Quickdraw Poetry Showcase” provides cowboy poets of all ages a chance to share their best or favorite poem. Only one reading per cowboy poet for the day. This event will be held outside (weather permitting). We are also excited to announce that the Heritage Herd longhorns will be on the property. There will also be some educational activities for families throughout the day.
A complete program of events will be released along with the entry forms March 1. The forms will be added to the website and available in our front lobby at that time.
For information, contact Leah or Toni at the Heritage Center, (580) 252-6692.
It all happens April 4! Hope you will be a part of this fun day!
Join us at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 14, for a Zoom show with artist Janet Loveless. She has three pieces in our Garis Gallery of the American West that are available to purchase.
Janet will talk about her career as an artist and about the pieces she has on display. There will be a time for Q&A at the end of the Zoom show. This will last about 30 minutes. A link will be added here and on our Facebook and Twitter that morning.
Exhibit Opening June 10
“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
The exhibit will open Wednesday, June 10 at a reception where you can meet the artist and learn more about him and his work. The reception will be from 4 pm to 7 pm. and will feature refreshments. Stop on by, see some great art, and maybe purchase a painting or two.
“The Long Hard Ride: A Commemoration of the Chisholm Trail” is an installation exhibition by Oklahoma leather artist, Jim Weaver. On display July 2 – Sept. 28, 2020 at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, 1000 Chisholm Trail Pkwy, Duncan, OK 73533
Weaver’s exhibit 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 includes visual and written references of the 1870s cattle drives, drovers’ journals and geography. Using his leather craft skills, Weaver tells 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. Exhibit details will include the extreme weather conditions faced along the trail, a focus on 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. To learn more about Weaver, visit his website.
Photo: Jim Weaver researching the archives at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.