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November 3, 2014

Contact: Robbin Davis
Pioneer Woman Museum, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-765-6108
Fax: 580-762-2498

Pioneer Woman Museum to Hold Public Lecture November 8

PONCA CITY, Okla. – The Pioneer Woman Museum will host a public lecture entitled "Same Traditions, New Reasons" on Saturday, November 8, at 11 a.m. This lecture by Alyce Vigil explores the experiences of American Indian women in Wild West shows. Vigil will discuss how federal Indian policy motivated Native families to join these enterprises, and the conflicting messages put forth by Euro-American organizers and American Indians. Native women had many common experiences along the show route and within the arena, from food and friendships to entrepreneurship. Finally, popular figures such as Viola Shaw and Princess Wenona show much about how eastern audiences perceived Native American women.
Presenter Alyce Vigil is a native of Pawnee, Okla. She is working on a doctoral degree in history of the American West and public history at Oklahoma State University. She previously has worked for both the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum and the Pioneer Woman Museum, and is excited to share her love and knowledge of women in the Wild West.

The free presentation will be held in the education meeting room at the Pioneer Woman Museum on Saturday, November 8, and will begin at 11 a.m. Contact the Pioneer Woman Museum for more information at 580-765-6108 or piown@okhistory.org.

The Pioneer Woman Museum, a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society, is located at 701 Monument Rd. in Ponca City. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information visit www.okhistory.org.

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