Exhibit reveals stories of 'Real Cowboys' on the Chisholm Trail. National Day of the Cowboy Celebrates 10th Year

The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, has a new exhibit that puts a spotlight on the cowboys, cowgirls, ranchers and farmers who have contributed to the heritage of the Trail.

From now until 2018, this exhibit will feature those individuals as part an effort to honor the Chisholm Trail's 150th year.

They are seeking submissions of stories and images for consideration in this long-term exhibition.

"This exhibit is not limited to Oklahomans, but also our neighbors to the north and south - Kansas and Texas," Executive Director Stacy Cramer Moore said. "We know there are many wonderful stories out there and we want to help preserve those stories and images."

Moore said anyone involved in the ranching business along the Chisholm Trail can submit two photos and a short story about their role or an ancestor's role in ranching and rodeo. These photos and stories are framed and exhibited in the museum's interactive area near the Campfire Theater.

Doyle Williams, of Fort Worth, Texas, submitted a story and image of his great- uncle, Larkin Williams, who was stationed at Doan's Crossing near Vernon, Texas. "Lark" was tasked with keeping the Waggoner Ranch cattle from mixing with herds passing by on the trail.

"Those are the people and the images we want to feature in this exhibit."

How to Submit Your Cowboy Story: Since the exhibit will be on display from 2015-2018, images and stories can be submitted at any time. They can be sent by e-mail to: toni (at) onthechisholmtrail.com, mailed or hand delivered.

You will be able to keep your original image. If e-mailing images, please send a high resolution .jpg attachment. The story should be about the person in the image and their connection to the Chisholm Trail with regards to ranching or the rodeo lifestyle. For information, call the museum at 580.252.6692. Information will also be available on the Heritage Center's Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/onthechisholmtrail/events.

Mark Your Calendar Now
Be sure to mark Saturday, July 25, on your calendars because it's the annual National Day of the Cowboy celebration.

Oklahoma summers are scorchers, but you can come and cool off with them on this day for FREE.

Yes, there will be no admission fee and everything that happens will be held indoors!

Singing Cowboys is their 2015 theme, and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center has great things planned to bring this event to life. Allen Wooten and his country band will take stage in the main exhibition room. They will entertain crowds throughout the day.

One of the most popular areas is the children's area. Western games, like roping a dummy steer, or "shooting" blocks and creating art projects keep their instructors busy while you can take lots of pictures.
Oklahoma author Glenda Carlile, known for her presentations of Oklahoma women, will be available with copies of her newest book, "The Year of the Turnip," written for middle-grade youth. The gift shop has her other book, "Buckskin, Calico and Lace," featuring short stories of Oklahoma's Territorial Day's women.

National Day of the Cowboy first began in 2005 when an organization formed to recognize the cowboy contribution to America.