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Unlock Your Inner Explorer at Helmerich Center Opening Weekend

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The public is invited to “rediscover Gilcrease Museum” during the public preview weekend of the Helmerich Center for American Research, September 6 – 7, 2014.

A weekend of engaging programs and activities for all ages is being planned – all for free!

Programs in the works include: Eric Singleton, assistant curator of anthropology for Gilcrease will present “Tattoos: Social and Sacred Art Form,” exploring the use of tattoos among Native Americans to express sacred knowledge, rites of passage and social identity. Chip Gaberino, owner of Topeca Coffee, Tulsa’s only seed-to-cup coffee enterprise, will talk about the evolution of coffee in the Western Hemisphere. The renowned Lois Ellen Frank will explore the history of chocolate. Frank, a culinary anthropologist, has spent more than 20 years documenting foods and lifeways of Native American tribes from the Southwest. Her book, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, features traditional and contemporary recipes. It won the James Beard Award in the Americana category and was the first Native American book to win the award. She has worked with world-renowned chefs, scientists and academicians and collaborated with them to publish many culinary posters and cookbooks. Children will enjoy story time in the Enduring Spirit gallery with Dorothy Patent, author of The Horse and the Plains Indians.

Other art activities will be held throughout the museum and in the Frances O’Hornett Great Hall of the Helmerich Center for American Research.

View the full list of opening weekend events.

Melani Hamilton