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American Girl Story Time II »

September 06 at 04:00 pm to 04:30 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Children can imagine living the stories of some of their favorite American Girl dolls – Felicity, Josephina, and Kaya – by listening to their adventures, then taking a story home. (Books are available for purchase in the museum store.) Kids are invited to bring their own American Girl Doll. 2:00 & 4:00 p.m.

Retracing Fictional Footsteps: A View of the American West through the Eyes of Writer Karl May »

September 06 at 04:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Thomas Thorisch, reference and instruction librarian at Oklahoma State University – Tulsa, will explore how Karl May (1842 – 1912), often called the Zane Grey of Germany, was a product of his times.

Shoot 'Em-Ups on the Little Screen: The Rise and Fall of the Television Western »

September 06 at 04:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Sara Jane Richter, Ph.D., dean of Liberal Arts, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, tells the tale of select TV cowboys and what happened to shows such as "Lancer," "The High Chaparral," "The Rebel," "Alias Smith and Jones," "Rawhide," and "Bonanza." From the 1950s to the early 1970s, the western was a well-respected and well-represented genre on television; but times changed, and the western rode off into the sunset.

Thirty Years of Writing America's Archeological History »

September 06 at 04:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear have made a successful career of writing fictional stories based in real-world locations of archeological significance. Free and open to the public.

Helmerich Center Opening Weekend - Sunday Events »

September 07 at 10:00 am to 05:00 pm

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Maya Ruins Dig Site »

September 07 at 10:00 am to 05:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Kids can experience the mystique of the Mayan culture. Learn the process of archaeology and how to use special tools to search for evidence of the ancient Maya. "Unearth" artifacts by digging in the ruins of a pyramid. Discover the meaning of the Mayan language by matching hieroglyphics on the Glyphs Wall. See Maya artifacts from the Gilcrease collection, enjoy interactive computer games and have fun at the coloring station and artifacts cart.

Summer Art Camp Exhibition »

September 07 at 10:00 am to 05:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration The Summer Art Camp Exhibition showcases a sampling of works that campers from the museum's art camps (held at the museum and the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education) created. Ages range from 5 to 12. Campers used a variety of media to create their works of art: drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, glass, found objects and more.

Free Art Expression »

September 07 at 10:00 am to 05:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Visitors of all ages may drop-in and explore their own creativity by making art from a variety of materials. Supplies will be set up for sculpture, painting, drawing, collage and textile explorations for self-directed art making. Visitors can work at their own speed creating works of art to take home.

Dinosaur Stomping Ground, Outlaw Hideout, and Nature Preserve: Oklahoma's Black Mesa »

September 07 at 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Through words and images, Sara Jane Richter, Ph.D., dean of Liberal Arts, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, offers information about Oklahoma's Black Mesa country in the far western corner of the Oklahoma Panhandle. Once home to dinosaurs, ancient man, and Old West outlaws, Black Mesa attracts geologists, outdoorsmen, hikers, historians, and tourists because of the area's beautiful natural wonders, its history, and its unique eco-system.

The History of Chocolate »

September 07 at 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration The renowned chef Lois Ellen Frank (Kiowa) will explore the history of chocolate. Frank, a culinary anthropologist, has spent more than 20 years documenting foods and lifeways of Native American tribes from the Southwest.