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September 06 at 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Enjoy country, red dirt, and Americana music from this local group.

American Girl Doll Bingo I »

September 06 at 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Kids will play a new kind of Bingo with an American Girl Doll twist, shouting out "AmGirl" instead of "bingo." Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each game. 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.

The Papers of Principal Chief John Ross in the Gilcrease Collection »

September 06 at 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Duane King, Ph.D., founding director of the Helmerich Center for American Research, will lecture about John Ross (1790-1866), who not only served as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation longer than anyone else (1828-1866), but also led the people during some of the most turbulent periods in U.S. history.

A Conversation with Thomas Gilcrease »

September 06 at 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Doug Watson portrays Thomas Gilcrease in a Chautauqua-style dialogue with Public Radio Tulsa's Rich Fisher. He will discuss the creation of the museum's permanent collection including Gilcrease's patronage of Acee Blue Eagle, Willard Stone, and Woody Crumbo; the purchase of the Philip Cole and Joseph Sharp collections; and anecdotes about Gilcrease's life.

Nuestra Herencia y Orgullo: El Arte de las Américas en Gilcrease (Our Heritage and Pride: Gilcrease Art of the Americas) »

September 06 at 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Tour the museum with a Spanish-speaking guide as he highlights important Hispanic art, archival and anthropological works.

Cherokee National Youth Choir »

September 06 at 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Enjoy a performance of traditional songs in the Cherokee language. The choir is composed of middle and high school youth, grades 6-12, from northeastern Oklahoma communities. It is funded solely by the Cherokee Nation. CDs of their performances will be available for purchase.

Reconstructing American Narratives: Richard LaBarre Goodwin’s "The Cobbler" »

September 06 at 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Paintings are rich in detail, and Goodwin’s "The Cobbler" provides an interesting glimpse of the historical and social context of the time it was painted. Join Kirsten Olds, assistant professor of art history at TU, for an enlightening discussion of this work, and learn how an artist’s canvas can tell a one-of-a-kind story. Afterwards, visit and examine "The Cobbler" in the gallery.

After Appomattox: War, Trauma, and Discovery in the American West »

September 06 at 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Presented by Randall Fuller, Chapman Professor of English, The University of Tulsa. Fuller's professional focus is in nineteenth-century American literature and culture, and Native American literature.

Tattoos: Social and Sacred Art Form »

September 06 at 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Eric Singleton, assistant curator of anthropology for Gilcrease Museum, will discuss how for thousands of years, Native Americans used tattoos to express sacred knowledge, rites of passage, and social identity.

Storytime in the Galleries: "The Horse and the Plains Indians" I »

September 06 at 01:30 pm to 02:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Dorothy Patent will read from her book, "The Horse and the Plains Indians: A Powerful Partnership" and incorporate items on display in the museum's Enduring Spirit gallery to help children understand how the bonds between humans and animals have endured over time. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.