The Old West.
Those words have a magical ring to them, don’t they? Who isn’t stirred by the imagery of cowboys and Indians, trail rides, cattle drives… maybe even a little shoot out at the OK Corral? This is a history that is 100% pure American and it’s kept alive daily at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Featuring an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts, the museum is also focused on educating visitors about the history of the American West. Over 10 million folks from around the world have made the journey to visit America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture.
“A lot of people are interested in how Oklahoma came to be,” says Sonni Adams, Assistant Director of Marketing. “We have a fascinating Indian heritage and the kids love our little town, Prosperity Junction. They find it really interesting and fun to run around and play.”
The museum is also one of the most sought out event centers in the state. “We have something going on almost every day of the year,” said Sonni. From weddings and company holiday parties to chuck wagon cookouts, black tie events to boots and ball gowns, they see it all. And, recently, the museum hosted its own annual fundraiser…
“We are a private, not-for-profit museum,” said Sonni, “funded entirely through admissions, store sales, donations and art sales.” The annual Ace High event is an important fundraiser for the museum, raising over $150,000 this year to further the museum’s efforts. Featuring both a live and a silent auction, the event was a hot a ticket with nearly 500 attendees.
“This year’s theme was an old time saloon, complete with poker and black jack tables,” said Sonni. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum worked with the SwagExperts at ROBYN to design a one-of-a-kind drink coaster to remember this incredible evening. The coaster has a lenticular imprint that changes from a poker chip to a poker table while keeping the Ace High logo in the center. “They were a hit!” exclaimed Sonni.
Oklahoma City has been recognized nationally as an up-and-coming 21st century city. “Our mission is to respect our western heritage and continue to share that with our visitors,” said Sonni. One foot in the future, one boot in our past!
Posted on Mon, September 23, 2013
by Brian Blake