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Video Conferencing

Looking for a way to share distance learning opportunities with your teachers? The National Cowgirl Museum can connect to your faculty meeting or professional development session and share upcoming program opportunities with your teachers. We can plan a 15-minute or 30-minute session with you that will best fit your groups' needs.

Scheduling Information

For more information about our upcoming programs, scheduled times and registration process, go to www.Connect2Texas.net. To schedule a current program at a time convenient for you, email ccollins@cowgirl.net.

Current Distance-Learning Programs:

“Amazing Women in the Days of the Depression”

Join the National Cowgirl Museum to learn about an era in history known as The Depression. Women such as Dale Evans, Georgia O’Keeffe and Patsy Montana are just a few Honorees in the Museum’s Hall of Fame that lived through this time of great turmoil in our nation, yet made history in spite of it.

 

 

“The Arts”                                                                  

Many women of the West shared their experience and knowledge 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 Honorees such as Annie Oakley, Dale Evans, Patsy Cline and Georgia O’Keeffe.

“The Cowgirl”

The term “cowgirl” serves as an attitude, an idea and a description. Discover the story of the women of the American West during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trail blazing efforts.

“Fact or Fiction in History”                                             

With over 200 Honorees at the National Cowgirl Museum, a lot of time and effort goes into researching their stories. Is it fact or fiction? You help decide as we share many of the stories surrounding the National Cowgirl Museum’s Honorees and their tales of the West and discover some little known facts that helped keep the Western lifestyle alive.

“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 others found ways to share their work and inspiration through various forms of art medians.

“A Journey Through Texas”

Featuring the artifacts from the temporary exhibit Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps at the National Cowgirl Museum during the fall of 2009, participants will experience a diverse collection of cartography. These rare maps range from early sixteenth-century New Spain to the Republic of Texas to statehood and into the twenty-first century. This interactive program can be adjusted to specific grade levels and class schedules.

“Meet Annie Oakley”

"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 about her early life of hardship that she overcame to become one of the nation’s most respected and beloved early figures.

“Maria Martinez: Bringing the Past to the Present”video

Maria Martinez, one of the most famous of Pueblo Indian potters, revived the ancient Pueblo craft of pottery making after discovering the process of crafting San Ildefonso prehistoric pottery. Using the knowledge of pottery making she learned as a child, Maria 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. Programs can be adjusted to classroom schedules.

“O’Keeffe: The Faraway”

To coincide with the Museum’s ground breaking exhibit featuring 1991 Honoree Georgia O’Keeffe, students are introduced to basic art concepts while also discovering O’Keeffe’s connection to the land and the West. This program allows students to view and examine the work and techniques of one of America’s best known Modernists. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

“Sandra Day O’Connor: The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice”

Prior to Sandra Day O’Connor, no other female in the United States had been given as heavy a burden to carry out in public life by representing women, the West, and in turn the best interests of our nation as when she was selected to be the first female Justice in the nation. Join the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame as we proudly celebrate Honoree, Sandra Day O’Connor and discover this cowgirl’s transition from life on the ranch to life on the bench.

“Tied to the Apron Strings”

This program features photographs and stories from the current exhibit Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections at the National Cowgirl Museum during the spring of 2011. As a uniform, a display of artistic talent, or a memory, aprons are recognized by all ages. In addition to hearing the stories behind some vintage aprons, participants learn of the role aprons have played in history from the Middle Ages to the present as well as be able to share their own stories.

“Untangling Cattle Brands

The history of branding is unique on its own, and is also tied to the cattle industry in the West. 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” that students see routinely. Students will learn the history and the symbols used in branding as well as design a brand of their own. This program is a collaborative educational effort with the Texas A & M Animal Science Department. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

“A Walk Through Time – A Walking Tour of the National Cowgirl Museum” 

Take a“tour” of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame as we take participants through the Museum as visitors. Using our portable video conferencing equipment, participants learn about many of the artifacts and stories of women who helped shape the West. This program can be adjusted to class schedules.

Elementary

“Coming to the United States and Finding a Life of Adventure”

During the 1800s, many immigrants traveled to the United States. Their reasons for coming varied, but mostly they were searching for a fresh start. This program explores what it was like to enter the U.S. through Ellis Island as well as examines some of the National Cowgirl Museum honorees, why they came to America, and the adventures they experienced when they arrived. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

“Community Planners”                                             

Join us in learning about how the contributions of Clara Brown, Henrietta King and others created communities as well as shaped the West.

“Life on the Prairie with Sarah Plain & Tall”

What are some clues that let us know that Sarah Plain and Tall takes place in Kansas in the early 1900s? This video conference can easily be used as an extension to a literary study of this popular children’s book. Learn about what life on the prairie was like for those families who were the original homesteaders.

“Home on the Range: Charles Goodnight and the Invention of the Chuck Wagon”          

Charles Goodnight, one of the founders of the Goodnight-Loving Cattle Drive Trail, came up with the idea of a mobile kitchen which became the center of life for the cowboys on the trail. Learn more about the life of Charles Goodnight, his invention of the chuck wagon, and the lives of cowboys on a cattle drive.           

“A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas”

Discover Laura Ingalls Wilder’s stories during the holiday season as told through her remarkable Little House on the Prairie books. The author shares how gifts and decorations were made from items at hand and each holiday was truly a time of wonder. Join us as we explore the holiday as a pioneer and the how many of our traditions remain. Only available in November and December. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

“Thanks to Molly Goodnight, the Bison Do Still Roam”   

Join us as we celebrate the life of Honoree Molly Goodnight. Living on a ranch in the Texas Panhandle, the wife of trailblazer Charles Goodnight and the mother of orphaned bison demonstrates the strength and determination of this amazing woman and her impact on the West. Through this program, discover Molly’s story and her contribution to saving the bison from extinction. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

"Life on the Prairie with Sarah Plain and Tall"

Join us as we explore the setting and story of Sarah Plain and Tall, the well-known story by Patricia MacLachlan, of a woman who ventured West to find adventure. The heroine’s decision to leave her home brings surprises as we explore the similarities and differences of the place she left behind and her new home in the Plains. This video conference can be used as an extension to a literary study of this popular children’s book and/or as a learning tool to explore life on the prairie for the original homesteaders. We recommend the class is reading or has read the book Sarah, Plain and Tall before scheduling this program.

"Community Planners"

Pioneers who settled the United States started small and thought big. As these brave adventurers migrated West, they had visions of what could be and became the planners of the communities, towns and cities. Join us in learning about how the contributions of Honorees Clara Brown, Henrietta King and others who started some of these communities and towns as well as shaped the future. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

“Museum Math – Grade 1”

The National Cowgirl Museum takes on a whole different meaning when viewed through the eyes of a mathematician. For instance, the bandana — which serves as an accessory and useful tool for a cowgirl or cowboy — can also be turned into a square, a rectangle or a triangle. Discover how this simple Museum artifact relates to geometric shapes and their distinguishing attributes as well as assemble a few shapes of your own. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

“Museum Math – Grade 2”

What do math and a cowgirls have in common? Plenty! See how the National Cowgirl Museum makes the connection with a few tools of the trade and a little know-how. Kids will work with geometric shapes, divide them into parts of a whole and create families of facts. Explore these math concepts and other ideas using materials from our exhibits. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

“Museum Math – Grade 3”

Take a few important events, place them into sequence, round off a few numbers and angle in a little measurement. What do you get? A great combination of math and history rolled into one! Come experience math the cowgirl way by using artifacts from the National Cowgirl Museum to help you graph, round numbers and identify geometric figures. This program has been aligned with 3rd Grade Math TEKS and STAAR questions. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

“Museum Math – Geometry for Grade 4”

Reflections, rotations, symmetry and congruency all make a special appearance at our Museum. Although some lines are straight and narrow and others are crossways, they all lead to the same point – the opportunity for your students to have fun practicing with shapes, lines and graphs. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

“Museum Math – Geometry for Grade 5”

A more advanced version of Museum Math Grade 4, this program also examines the transformations using a common theme of the National Cowgirl Museum and an icon of the old west, the decagon star! After reviewing reflections, rotations, symmetry and congruency, participants use these same concepts and slide right into ordered pairs. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

“Cowgirl Science – Grades K-1″

A horse is a horse, of course, of course. With a keen eye, students distinguish what makes a horse unique as well as some of the other furred and feathered friends found on a ranch. Whether searching for tails and details or graphing the obvious, participants will enjoy their science quest at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

“Cowgirl Science – Grades 2-3″

Rain or sun, spring or fall, ranch life has a certain pattern and rhythm. Participants distinguish the basics while observing the connection between animals, weather and their general environment. See how wagons, weather, water and the ways of the ranch all tie into Museum science. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

“Cowgirl Science – Grades 4-5″

Food, in the form of hay or hamburgers; water, from a pond or bottle; shelter, in a house or a barn – all intertwine and affect the lives of creatures large and small. By adding an eye for patterns such as the water cycle and learn to distinguish the parts from the whole big picture, students will find themselves in a middle of an adventure as they get down to eye-opening basics of life essentials. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

“Writing through the MuseumRecommended for Grades 3-4″

The National Cowgirl Museum has many Honorees in the literary world. Learn about the poets, novelists, journalists and playwrights who shared their experiences and journeys.

Middle School

“Writing through the Museum – Recommended for 7th Grade

Expand your literary horizons with works of just a few of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame’s Honorees such as Willa Cather, Nellie Snyder Yost and Evelyn Cameron. Whether through descriptive language in a tale of cowboys, or a picture worth a thousand words, explore these various examples of writing while learning about the history of the West. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.

"O'Keeffe: The Faraway - BYOD"

This program is similar to the standard “O’Keeffe: The Faraway” video conference program, but includes a Bring-Your-Own-Device component. To coincide with the Museum’s ground breaking exhibit featuring 1991 Honoree Georgia O’Keeffe, students are introduced to basic art concepts while also discovering O’Keeffe’s connection to the land and the West. Participants will have an opportunity to answer STARR based questions and interact virtually with the National Cowgirl Museum presenter. Teachers and students will also be provided before and after materials and instruction to enhance their experience. Program times can be adjusted to class schedules.