National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
Connect with the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame to enrich your students’ study of history, language arts, science, math, and fine arts.
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trail blazing efforts. Since it was established in 1975, the Museum has become an invaluable educational resource nationally known for its exhibits, research library, rare photography collection, and the honorees in its Hall of Fame.
Discover the Wild West Scholarship
In an effort to fully realize our mission of celebrating women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is pleased to offer scholarships to reach students and schools who would not ordinarily be able to participate, at any level, in our education programs. It is underwritten by generous grants, specifically targeting low-income and/or under-performing schools, K-12. To apply, please complete the attached Roven Scholarship Video Conference 2015 application.
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10 Important Women
Celebrate women’s history with the National Cowgirl Museum as we highlight the pioneers and trailblazers who endured challenges and unknown obstacles to help set the tone and spirit of the West.
A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas
Amazing Women in the Days of the Depression
Join the National Cowgirl Museum to learn about an era in history known as The Great Depression. Women such as Dale Evans, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Patsy Montana are just a few Cowgirl Honorees that lived through this time of great turmoil in our nation, yet made history in spite of it.
Charles and Molly Goodnight Change the West
Cowgirls in Art and Entertainment
Many women of the West shared their experiences as entertainers and artists. Discover the world of these women as they see it, through paintings, photography, pottery, music, and performances. Explore the talents and works of Cowgirl Honorees such as Annie Oakley, Dale Evans, Patsy Cline, and Georgia O’Keeffe.
Cowgirl Science: Grades K-1
Cowgirl Science: Grades 2-3
Cowgirl Science: Grades 4-5
The term “cowgirl” serves as an attitude, an idea, and a description. Discover women of the American West during the late 19th and early 20th centuries who displayed extraordinary courage and a pioneer spirit in their trail blazing efforts.
Fact or Fiction
Have you ever heard a story that seemed so amazing you thought it might be fiction? The courageous women honored in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame led amazing lives. Explore the stories told about these remarkable women and help separate the facts from fiction.
How Artists See Nature
Photographers such as Ansel Adams and Elliot Porter shared Georgia O’Keeffe’s appreciation of nature as they captured unique scenery through the camera lens instead of paint and palette. Join us as we explore how O’Keeffe and other artists found ways to share their work and inspiration through various art mediums.
Life on the Prairie with Sarah, Plain & Tall
Maria Martinez Brings the Past to the Present
Maria Martinez, one of the most famous Pueblo Indian potters, revived the ancient Pueblo craft of pottery making after discovering the process of crafting San Ildefonso prehistoric pottery. Cowgirl Honoree Martinez reintroduced the world to these highly polished black vessels. Join us as we discover the art of pottery and its role in our past, present, and future.
Meet Annie Oakley
As one of the first female superstars of her era, Annie Oakley excelled in sharpshooting. Few performers or athletes come to mind more quickly than she when talking about Wild West Shows or cowgirls. Through photographs, film clips, and discussion, learn how she overcame her early life of hardship to become one of the nation’s most respected and beloved Western icons.
Museum Math: Grade 1
Museum Math: Grade 2
Museum Math: Grade 3
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Museum Math: Grade 5
O’Keeffe: The Faraway
Georgia O’Keefe captured the mystery of the West through her art. Participants will be introduced to basic art concepts while also discovering O’Keeffe’s connection to the land and the West. This program allows participants to view and examine the works and techniques of one of America’s best known Modernists.
Sandra Day O’Connor: The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice
Prior to Sandra Day O’Connor, no other female in the United States had the opportunity to represent women and the West as a Supreme Court Justice for the United States of America. Join the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame as we proudly celebrate Cowgirl Honoree Sandra Day O’Connor and discover this cowgirl’s transition from life on the ranch to life on the bench.
Searching for a Life of Adventure
Untangling Cattle Brands
The idea of branding cattle goes hand in hand with our idea of the Western cowboy. However, the history of branding is unique on its own. Beginning with the elaborate brands of the early Spanish cowmen to the brands we use today, this program explores all facets of branding and makes connections to today’s “current branding.” Participants will have the opportunity to design their own brand. This program is a collaborative educational effort with the Texas A & M Animal Science Department.
Walking Through Time – A Walking Tour of the National Cowgirl Museum
Take a “tour” of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame without leaving your classroom. Using our portable video conferencing equipment, participants learn about many of the artifacts and stories of women who helped shape the West.
Writing through the Museum – Recommended for Grades 3-4
Writing through the Museum – Recommended for Grade 7
Expand your literary horizons with the works of a few Cowgirl Honorees including Willa Cather, Nellie Snyder Yost, and Evelyn Cameron. From descriptive language in a tale of cowboys to a picture worth a thousand words, students will explore various examples of writing while learning about the history of West.
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