Oklahoma Humanities (2).jpg




Smithsonian Institution's

"Crossroads: Change in Rural America."  Exhibit in 2022

Ranch Big Barn.jpg

Join us as we kick off the Smithsonian Institution's

"Crossroads: Change in Rural America" exhibit.

Display will be open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm

Sunday - 12pm - 4pm

On Saturday, March 26, we will have several FREE events to commemorate the beginning of this 7-week exhibit.

12 p.m. - Kick-off Parade downtown

1 p.m. - Ribbon Cutting and Opening Ceremonies at Pawnee Bill Ranch's Big Barn

Join us for our opening weekend exhibit events that we're proud to host!

Each following weekend, we'll have something unique for you to experience.

APRIL 2: Stage Right Performances – Historic Buffalo Theatre (west side of Courthouse Square) (11a.m. & 2p.m.)
Historic Oklahoma Movie – Buffalo Theatre – 4 p.m.


APRIL 9: Events on the Hill – Appearance by Pawnee Bill; Buggy Rides; Chuck Wagon 10a.m.-2p.m.; Blacksmith Demonstration: Entertainment Provided by Peggy Coleman. 

APRIL 16: Easter Weekend – Open Friday & Saturday; Closed Easter Sunday

APRIL 23: Performances by Rooster Cogburn with Familiar Western Characters – Buffalo Theatre – All Day.

Special Presentation - "The Killing of the Last Great outlaw" with discussion ed by Dr. Clarance Benes - Pawnee Bill Ranch 1:30pm - 2:30pm.

APRIL 30: Tours of the Pawnee Indian Agency Conducted by Pawnee Nation College – Pawnee Nation College Campus (Little D Drive) 10:am & 1:00pm.
Historic Oklahoma Movie - Buffalo Theatre – 4 p.m.

MAY 7: Closing Weekend Ceremony – Pawnee Bill Ranch – 1 p.m.
Award Ceremony for High School Essay Contest Winner – Pawnee Bill Ranch – 1 p.m.

Be Sure To Visit While You Are Here

Forgotten Oklahoma Headquarters – 547 6th St. (west side of Courthouse Square)
Pawnee Bill Mansion ($) and Museum (Blue Hawk Peak – 1141 Pawnee Bill Rd.)
Pawnee City Library – 653 Illinois
Pawnee County Historical Museum and Dick Tracy Museum (513 6th St.)
Pawnee Nation Agency (across the Green Bridge, east on Harrison St.)

Pawnee Nation Cultural Museum – 657 Harrison St.
WPA Bathhouse and Pawnee Lake (1.5 miles north on Hwy 18 from Harrison St.)

Crossroads logo - Black.tif

“Crossroads:  Change in Rural America”
Museum on Main Street

    As most of you have heard, Pawnee was selected to host the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Crossroads exhibit.  This traveling exhibit has been organized by The Smithsonian Institute and is brought to you by the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the Pawnee Community Chamber of Commerce.  The exhibit will be held in the big barn at Pawnee Bill Ranch from March 26 to May 7.  It will be here before we know it!     Several complementary programs and entertainment will be going on in town during that time also, and we need your help!  Of course, we will have a parade, but it will be a little different than most.  We would like parade entrants to represent our town through the years.  We can highlight different modes of transportation – horse and buggy, wagons, old cars (anything pre-1970).  We can have a marching band.  Help us think of other appropriate entries!

    We are looking for volunteers.  We need docents (training will be provided); we need helpers for our complementary programs; and we need your input.  If you would like to volunteer or if you have ideas for activities to coincide with the exhibit, please contact Joyce Freeman at the Chamber of Commerce.  Pawnee has always pitched in to help on our special events, and we know this extra special event will be no different!  

    At the Smithsonian exhibit, we will have a section that is just about Pawnee.  If you have pictures of our town through the years, especially the early days, please let us borrow them. We will scan them and return them to you. Also, if you or one of your relatives was an early day resident of Pawnee and would like to share your story, let us know.  We would love to interview people who can tell us what life was like in those days.  This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our little town, and we want to make a positive impression on everyone who visits.  

    Please contact the Pawnee Community Chamber of Commerce for information and to sign up to be part of this exciting event in the spring of 2022!! (918)-762-2108.