Pioneer Woman Museum
701 Monument Road
Ponca City, OK 74604-3910
Director: Robbin Davis
|Tues - Sat||10am to 5pm|
Pioneer Woman Museum
Holiday Happening December 14, 2013
The Pioneer Woman Museum welcomes Ponca City residents and our surrounding neighbors near and far for a Holiday Happening on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The museum will be open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with refreshments, craft demonstrations and holiday shopping.
The Pioneer Woman Museum Gift Shop sells the work of artisans from the area in their consignment program. The work featured includes hand crafted jewelry, dichroic glass plates and bowls, 2-D artwork and hand carved and painted gourds with hand laid turquoise. Artists in the gift shop include Betty Biederman, Shirley Foxworthy, Ann Powell, Kitty McGinnis, Lorraine McDonagh all from Ponca City and Judy Morrison, Arkansas City, Sharon Duvall, Bartlesville, Audrey Schmitz, Tonkawa, Judy Kelly, Oklahoma City and Carlene C. Wallace, Tulsa. The work of each artist is selected for quality and skill level with an eye on profitability. The consignment program is designed to provide each artist with a retail setting and an opportunity for both the artists and the museum to profit from the exchange.
Pioneer Woman Museum director Robbin Davis said, “The Pioneer Woman Museum is proud to work with each artist and considers it an honor to be able to provide them with an opportunity to get their work in front of the general public. Every artist should be able to do the work that they love and make a fair profit. Our consignment program is designed such that they can do just that. The Holiday Happening will be a time for us to invite the public in to not only see the recent museum renovation but to also enjoy the spirit of the holidays together, see some of the artists at work and learn a little bit about how they make their artwork.”
The Pioneer Woman Museum Holiday Happening will provide an exceptional opportunity to the gift buying public to select works of art and other items at the museum shop, enjoy festive refreshments, view the newly renovated museum and to buy local on Saturday, December 14!
About the Museum
The Pioneer Woman Museum was dedicated September 15, 1958, just east of the statue. The museum preserves the legacy of women from all races, creeds and nationalities who have contributed to the development of Oklahoma.
The museum's education center features craft demonstrations, special exhibits, an interactive timeline and the Pioneer Woman Walk of Fame. The museum is dedicated to the enduring spirit of women - past, present, and future - who see no boundaries.
The Pioneer Woman Statue
The Pioneer Woman is a heroic bronze statue of a young, sun-bonneted pioneer mother, protectively leading her son by the hand, striding confidently, head held high - a young woman of sturdy beauty and dignity whose eyes are fixed on the far southwestern horizon. Courage, determination, and humility are in her face. A bible is in her hand. The bronze cast is 17-feet high and weighs 12,000 pounds. Total height is 30 feet. It was erected in 1930 at a cost of $300,000.
The monument was conceived, directed and financed by Ernest Whitworth Marland, an oil man, philanthropist, United States Congressman, and 10th governor of Oklahoma. In October 1926, Marland invited sculptors to submit competitive designs in the form of small models. Four months later the models were exhibited across the nation and 750,000 people cast votes for their preference.
Bryant Baker's model was the most popular by a large margin. Mr. Baker was born in London in 1881 and graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He came to the United States in 1916 and was a sergeant in the United States Army in 1918-1919.
Unveiling ceremonies were held April 22, 1930, the anniversary of the first "run" for land in Oklahoma. 40,000 people attended. President Herbert Hoover gave a brief radio address from Washington, D.C., as did Colonel Patrick J. Hurley, a native Oklahoman, then Secretary of War. Oklahoma's favorite son, Will Rogers, also spoke briefly.