• Exploring the West with the Smithsonian, Part 3, Aerial America: Oregon

    Individualistic, eccentric and freethinking: A unique mix that’s intrinsically “Made in Oregon.” These traits belong not just to the people of this diverse and dynamic state, but also to the landscape itself. From volcanic Crater Lake to the majestic High Cascades to the perilous Pacific coastline, Oregon is a state of staggering natural beauty. From […]

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  • Exploring the West with the Smithsonian, Part 4, Aerial America: Montana

    Big skies, big adventure and big spirits: This is Montana. It’s where fertile plains collide with the Rocky Mountains and the country’s fastest land mammals run the grasslands known as the American Serengeti. It’s also where Lewis and Clark faced towering stone obstacles and Custer faced an even more daunting foe. This aerial journey showcases […]

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  • Documentary Screening of “Or Perish in the Attempt: Medicine of the Lewis and Clark Expedition”

    One of the many challenges the Lewis and Clark Expedition faced was meeting the health needs of its members during extended wilderness travel in an era marked by limited understanding of the human body, and no diagnostic tools, laboratories, or knowledge of bacteria and viruses. Miraculously, in spite of the limited practical knowledge, lack of […]

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  • Ongoing Holiday Displays in the Museum

    Get in the spirit of the season with western-themed holiday fun! View a one-of-a-kind gingerbread western town created just for the museum by noted Chef Jay Murphy of the KAK Shop. His imaginative designs have earned him a “Best Cake Shop” award, as well as TV appearances on CNN and NBC programs. His western town […]

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  • Behind the Lens: Photographers of the American West Featuring Tom Brownold

    Award-winning landscape and nature photographer Tom Brownold specializes in capturing the magnificence of the American West. In this presentation about his project “The Grandest Ride,” he offers a unique glimpse into the world of the Grand Canyon mules. He shares the daily behind-the-scenes routines of the mule wranglers, the historic livery barn at the South […]

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  • Exploring the West with the Smithsonian, Part 5, Aerial America: Colorado

    Get ready for a Rocky Mountain adventure over the state that boasts some of the highest peaks, tallest sand dunes, and largest single-site brewery in America. Every year Colorado attracts thrill seekers, music lovers, ski buffs and sports fans drawn to its Deadly Bells, Red Rocks, Aspen slopes and the Broncos’ Mile High Stadium. But […]

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  • Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer

    An Arizona living legend, Dolan Ellis has been delighting audiences since he was first appointed the title of Arizona’s Official State Balladeer by Governor Sam Goddard in 1966. His vast repertoire of informative and often hilarious poems, folk songs and stories of life in the 48th state have made him a beloved and enduring audience […]

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  • OK Chorale Holiday Show

    Join Yodeling Al, Jingel’n Jud and Tumbleweed Tony ‒ members of the OK Chorale ‒ for an entertaining program of holiday songs and stories, western-style. The OK Chorale offers a unique entertainment experience that combines the wonderful harmonies of the traditional cowboy music of the silver screen era with the fascinating history of the characters […]

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  • “The Polar Express” Film Screening and Children’s Activities

    Holiday family fun begins at 10 a.m. with a screening of “The Polar Express,” the cherished holiday film starring Tom Hanks, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg. The tale describes one boy’s journey to the North Pole aboard the Polar Express. The magical adventure ends with a silver bell from a reindeer’s harness […]

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  • Exploring the West with the Smithsonian, Part 6, Aerial America: Utah

    From the unearthly pinnacles of Arches National Park to the blinding white terrain of the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah has an alien beauty that you must see to believe. It has a history uniquely its own, from the tragedy of the Donner Party to the arrival of Brigham Young, an American leader who built Mormonism […]

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