Liichkoshkomo’! expected to open by 2020
The Annie Oakley Society of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announced this week at a ground breaking that funds have been collected to open one of the most ambitious outdoor educational experiences ever undertaken at the museum — Liichokoshkomo’!
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 week in Oklahoma City.
“The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is an important museum to preserve and interpret the evolving history and culture of the American West. Nearly 12 million people have been through the museum and by adding Liichkoshkomo’!, the museum is now able to help tell this story to children and seniors alike through hands-on, mind-on learning. Liichkoshkomo’! will teach generations throughout the world about the Western way of life and we are thrilled to be promoting this expanded attraction in Oklahoma City,” says Sandy Price, vice president of tourism for the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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.
Construction of Liichokoshkomo’! is slated to begin in early 2019, with an estimated completion date of spring 2020.