The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum (or whatever it is officially called these days) has impressed me from my first day in Oklahoma in two ways. First, it’s a friendly, accessible and complete experience no matter the age and background, offering modern and historic art, workshops, activities and fun. And even great shopping. The second lasting impression? The locals forget its here. I recommend you like them on Facebook, visit their web site and consider their activities for family in or even, dare I say it, a date.
Here’s one of their recent releases.
Join us at the Museum for Tuesdays At Sundown—The Legendary Life of Will James
January 17, 2012
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Collector Abram Hays will discuss Will James’ life and times and take visitors on a tour through the exhibit he owns and curated, “Will James: The A.P. Hays Collection.” He will explore the works that exposed readers to the everyday world of the working cowboy and how James positively-influenced the American perception of the West in the early 20th century.
Will James’ trials include facing ethnic discrimination, rodeo mishaps and prison. Those troubles were balanced out with the triumphs of becoming a successful Hollywood stuntman and top ranch hand. He topped it all off by winning literary awards and achieving book sales that rivaled Fitzgerald and Hemingway and having his books turned into movies. In his last written words, Will James proclaimed: THE COWBOY WILL NEVER DIE! If true, his own body of work will have much to do with assuring it.
Members free, Nonmembers $5 each
For more information, call (405) 478-2250, Ext. 264