National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum unveils new installations at Will Rogers World Airport

Displays highlight the cultural diversity of the American West.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will display selections from two innovative exhibitions including Power & Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains and We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma at the Will Rogers World Airport from June 20, 2017 – January 2018.

Power & Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains included historical photographs from the Northern and Southern Great Plains, ledger art depicting Indian warriors, and the photography and paintings of bonnets in both religious ceremonies and daily life. This selection will include photographs from the Museum’s Edward S. Curtis collection.

Works from We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma present a selection of Henry Wantland’s photography from his family’s arrival to Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1891. He spent two decades recording people, the streets they walked on, the stores they frequented, the churches they attended, and the progress they celebrated during this bustling time in history. The diverse communities of central Oklahoma emerge from his photographs, as do new stories and details behind the images.

“These temporary exhibitions offer nation-wide travelers a unique opportunity to experience the diversity of the American West before leaving the airport,” said the Museum’s Curator of Ethnology Eric Singleton. “It’s vital to display an assorted selection of art in an impressive institution such as the Will Rogers World Airport so visitors are intrigued in the region’s history from the moment they arrive.”

The installations are organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. For more information about the airport installation, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org or call (405) 478-2250. Related photos here.

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 exhibitions, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/media-pics/.

 

About Will Rogers World Airport

Will Rogers World Airport is the city’s commercial airport and accommodates over 3.8 million travelers each year. The

airport serves 23 nonstop airports with an average of 70 daily departures. Will Rogers World Airport is owned by the

City of Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Airport Trust oversees the management and operation of the airport. For more information, visit flyokc.com.