Community leaders celebrate ground breaking festivities for Museum’s $15 million educational expansion
The Annie Oakley Society of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announces the ground breaking for one of the most ambitious outdoor educational experiences ever undertaken — Liichokoshkomo’! — on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.
From the Chickasaw phrase for “Let’s Play!” Liichokoshkomo’!’s creation has been a principal goal of the Annie Oakley Society for many years. Over the past year and a half, the Annie Oakley Society has raised funds for its $15 million capital campaign to make their vision for Liichokoshkomo’! a reality. With more than 93 percent of funds raised, the Annie Oakley Society and National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum have reached a milestone allowing ground breaking to commence.
“This is truly a wonderful day not only for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, but also for every child who will be enriched by experiencing Liichokoshkomo’!,” said Museum President & CEO Natalie Shirley. “The educational experience we are building today will teach generations of children from throughout the world the important lessons inherent in the Western way of life.”
Liichokoshkomo’! will be a fun and interactive, multi-cultural outdoor educational experience that combines thematic STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education with citizenship meant to strengthen the foundation of future generations. Liichokoshkomo’! visitors will participate in programs that utilize historical stories to portray important lessons and ethical takeaways. This unique initiative will allow creative exploration with both hands-on and minds-on activities. Examining diverse viewpoints will create a foundation for critical self-reflection while instances of both conflict and commonality will serve as conduits for ethical discussion. The Museum’s goal is to inspire children to learn from the past while providing the tools for their future success.
“Liichokoshkomo’! will be a stunning natural outdoor environment dedicated to providing imaginative and interactive educational opportunities to complement the extensive narratives, resources, and programming at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum,” said Annie Oakley Society National Chair Cathy Keating. “The Outdoor Education Experience will be a wholly original, immersive experience that will complement the Museum’s mission and goals, serving as a natural extension of the Museum.”
Construction of Liichokoshkomo’! is slated to begin in early 2019, with an estimated completion date of spring 2020. Those interested in donating to the Annie Oakley Society’s Capital Campaign to help raise the remaining funds needed for construction and help with sustainability can donate at nationalcowboymuseum.org/annieoakleysociety.
For more information on Liichokoshkomo’!, the Annie Oakley Society, or the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org or call (405) 478-2250.
About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located only six miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City in the Adventure District at the junction of Interstates 44 and 35, the state’s exciting Adventure Road corridor. The Museum offers annual memberships beginning at just $40. For more information, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org. For high-resolution images related to the National Cowboy Museum or these exhibitions, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/media-pics/.
About the Annie Oakley Society
The Annie Oakley Society celebrates the diversity of America’s heritage by honoring significant women who have achieved a remarkable first or been a trailblazer of national notoriety. Honorees are recognized each year at the Annie Oakley Society Awards Luncheon, proceeds from which benefit special educational programming initiatives at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Past Annie Oakley Society honorees include Kristin Chenoweth, Nadia Comaneci, Reba McEntire, and Sandra Day O’Connor. To learn more, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/annieoakleysociety.