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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.

After the Conquest of Mexico: The Collection of Cortés Documents at the Gilcrease »

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

Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration Randall Loudamy, Ph.D., will discuss the contents of the Cortés Papers section of the museum's Hispanic Documents Collection, placing their importance in a broader study of Hernán Cortés and early Spanish Mexico. Findings of his past research as well as the potential for future research inform his remarks.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

American Girl Doll Bingo »

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.

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

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.

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

September 06 at 02:00 pm to 03:00 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.