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!
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 Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is celebrating National Day of the Cowboy for its 10th year! Saturday, July 25, 2020.
This year’s theme will be Young’Uns on the Trail! We’re adding a Read’em Cowboy Circle – an official National Day of the Cowboy project. Readers throughout the day will promote the cowboy and western/ranching lifestyle. Read’em Cowboy is about promoting literacy and encouraging people of all ages to read and write western literature and cowboy poetry. It goes beyond just the words of the lifestyle, but also includes western cowboy art, photography and music and more.
We’ll have live music thanks to the “Cowboys at Heart” band with Allen Wooten, Gaylon Blankenship and Dedra Frye. They’ve been performing for our event for a few years now.
Children’s author, Una Belle Townsend returns to share her newest book, Ben and the Missing Pony. She’ll also have old favorites such as Grady’s in the Silo and The Oklahoma Land Run. Townsend was here in 2018. She will have books to purchase and autograph.
Art exhibit is The Long Hard Ride: A Commemoration of the Chisholm Trail – by Jim Weaver of Edmond. Weaver is a leather artist and his hide installation will tell the story of the Chisholm Trail.
Children’s art project is funded by the Oklahoma Arts Council.
It’s always the fourth Saturday in July and indoors! There is a free community outreach event.
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is a Cowboy Keeper Award recipient from the National Day of the Cowboy organization.