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America in the Gilcrease Museum Archive »

September 06 at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Jane Ackerman, associate professor of religion, Department of Philosophy and Religion at TU, will discuss how Thomas Gilcrease built an archive to tell stories of America to museum visitors. Gilcrease often used features of his ancestry and upbringing as lenses through which to look at our continent. What he saw of America very often affected what he chose for the trove in the Gilcrease Museum Archive.

Guatemalan Wishing Kites »

September 06 at 11:00 am to 05:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Wishing kites are flown to send wishes up into the sky, to connect with loved ones who have passed. They are also flown as part of festivals to celebrate and encourage cultural peace and compassion. Make and fly your own wishing kite to celebrate a wonderful weekend of memories at Gilcrease Museum.

Coffee Rituals Throughout History »

September 06 at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Ian Picco, director of coffee at Topeca Coffee, Tulsa’s only seed-to-cup coffee enterprise, will talk about the evolution of coffee in the Western Hemisphere and the various ways coffee is prepared and consumed. Picco will demonstrate Topeca Coffee preparation for participants to enjoy.

Cartooning with Joe "Toons" I »

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

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Kids can learn to cartoon from Joe Jahraus, professional cartoonist and Gilcrease docent, at these sessions for ages 6 to 12. Using step-by-step instruction/examples, they will create a cartoon (cowboy or cowgirl or horse or buffalo) to take home with them. Noon, 2:00 & 4:00 p.m.

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.

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.

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.