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A Conversation with Thomas Gilcrease »

September 07 at 03:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Doug Watson portrays Thomas Gilcrease in a Chautauqua-style dialogue. 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.

Oklahoma is 'Native America' (just like is says on our license plates): Finding Oklahoma Indian History in Gilcrease »

September 07 at 03:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Brian Hosmer, H.G. Barnard Chair of Western American History, Department of History at TU, will discuss the deep and complex histories of migrations and tribal influences upon the history of Oklahoma.

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

September 07 at 03:00 pm to 04:00 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.

The Smithsonian and Gilcrease: Understanding the American Experience »

September 07 at 03:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Michelle Delany, director, Consortium for Understanding the American Experience, and senior program officer, Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution will share her thoughts on the Gilcrease collection and what it can tell us about ourselves as research commences at the Helmerich Center for American Research.

Thirty Years of Writing America's Archeological History »

September 07 at 03:00 pm to 04:00 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.

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

September 07 at 03:30 pm to 04:00 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.

American Girl Story Time II »

September 07 at 04:00 pm to 05:00 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.

Art Explorations »

September 09 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Individuals with early-stage Alzheimer's disease and their care partners are invited for a gallery discussion of specific art pieces followed by a related hands-on art activity.

Kids Dig Books - Summertime! »

September 11 at 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Join us as we listen to stories about summertime fun. Learn about different people who enjoy their summers in different places, in different time periods and in different ways. Afterwards, participants will create works of art based on the stories they have just heard about summertime fun. Free with museum admission.

Mini Masters - Animal Tales »

September 12 at 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Explore the galleries to learn about animals, great and small, feathery and leathery, fast and slow, colorful and plain seen in the art and artifacts collections of Gilcrease. After animal time in the galleries, children will create their own animal inspired creations to take home. Free with museum admission.