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August 2, 2022

Contact: Anna Davis
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 918-762-2513

Pawnee Bill Ranch to Host Screening of “The Virginian” at Buffalo Theatre in Pawnee

PAWNEE, Okla. — On Friday, August 19, at 6 p.m., the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum is partnering with the Buffalo Theatre, located at 537 Sixth St. in Pawnee, to hold a film screening of “The Virginian” (1946). This screening is being held in conjunction with the “Let’s Talk About It” book series discussion at Pawnee Bill Ranch featuring author Owen Wister’s book upon which the movie is based. 

Before the 6 p.m. screening, from 5 to 6 p.m., Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum staff will be giving summer carriage rides around town! The historic Buffalo Theatre buvette (snack bar) will be open for pre-show snacks. The Pawnee Bill Ranch will also bring a pop-up museum store that will be available for people to shop for some of the book titles in this year’s “Let’s Talk About It” book series. This will provide an opportunity for people to sign up for the program and take home the latest book in the series.

The following day, on Saturday, August 20, at 6 p.m., the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum will host the evening “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion featuring “The Virginian” (1902) by Owen Wister. 

Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum in Pawnee has partnered with Oklahoma Humanities (OH) to host OH’s book discussion series “Let’s Talk About It.” The book club meetings are taking place as monthly in-person and online gatherings at the museum on Blue Hawk Peak and will feature a different book title each month from July to November. 

All five of the books in the program have the overarching theme of the historical cowboy—the hired man on horseback who rode the ranges and trails of the post–Civil War West. The readings for this program may help to explain the primacy of the cowboy over all other western types from the 19th century. Each month, a scholar will give a 45-minute synopsis of the chosen book. After the synopsis, the scholar will lead an open forum discussion with the participants. 

For more information about “Let’s Talk About It,” contact the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum at 918-762-2513. The ranch is located at 1141 Pawnee Bill Road in Pawnee.

Funding for this program is provided in part by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH. 

The Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 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 about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


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