Support for the Museum of the Great Plains provided in part by the City of Lawton and the City of Lawton Hotel-Motel Tax Fund.

MATINEE AT THE MUSEUM

Need a place to sit down?  Want to take a break from all the newfangled Hollywood flicks at the cineplex?  Feel like watching something entertaining and educational?

Well then, visit the auditorium in the main gallery!  Sorry, no food or drink.  

ROPIN' FOOL

Monday-Saturday 10:15 AM, 12:45 PM, and 3:15 PM
Sunday 1:15 PM and 3:45 PM

Will Rogers was a man of many talents.  Cowboy, actor, columnist, just to name a few.  This ten-minute film shows Rogers engaged in some of the finest roping ever filmed, captured through the magic of "slow motion."  (Slo-mo was new in the 1920s.)  Narrated by Will Rogers' son, Will Rogers, Jr.

DAUGHTER OF DAWN

Monday-Saturday 10:30 AM, 1 PM, and 3:30 PM
Sunday 1:30 PM and 4 PM

A silent film ahead of its time!  Long before critics lauded Dances with Wolves for including Native actors, Daughter of Dawn featured a cast comprised almost entirely of Comanche and Kiowa players.  The picture also records traditional dance, still forbidden by law in 1920.  Daughter of Dawn was thought to be lost for many decades until a copy resurfaced in a private collection.  The Oklahoma Historical Society acquired the reel and reissued the film with an accompanying soundtrack.  Enjoy this 23-minute selection, cropped from the original 83-minute run.  

THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS

Monday-Saturday 11 AM, 1:30 PM, and 4 PM
Sunday 2 PM and 4:30 PM

The Great Plains, a seemingly endless supply of virgin land, drew settlers by the wagonload following the Civil War.  The Plains soon became one of the world's most productive agricultural regions.  But the traditional farming practices of the time had an unintended consequence:  one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in human history.  Over the course of 23 minutes, watch the Plains change forever under the merciless advance of the deep plow.

MATTIE BEAL:  THE QUIET HERO

Monday-Saturday 11:30 AM, 2 PM, and 4:30 PM
Sunday 2:30 PM

This 28-minute film details the life of the "Mother of Lawton," whose actions single-handedly changed an entire town.  As one of only two women to win land during the KCA lottery, the attractive Miss Beal lured the attention of men across the country with her good manners and kind heart.  (Her newfound status as a landowner didn't hurt either.)  Eventually, Beal donated much of her land to Lawton and its residents to give the fledgling community a chance to prosper.  A true heroine!

BUFFALO SOLDIERS:  AN AMERICAN LEGACY

Monday-Saturday 12 PM and 2:30 PM
Sunday 3 PM

The term "Buffalo Soldiers" comes from the Tenth Cavalry's occasional conflicts with Native Americans, who gave them the nickname because they fearlessly charged into dangerous situations.  In this 45-minute show, television's "Judge Joe Brown" presides over reenactments of the Buffalo Soldiers' endeavors on the US frontier in the wake of the Civil War.  Chapters include the first black officer to graduate from West Point--who was once stationed at Fort Sill, by the way--and a story about a woman who disguised herself as a male soldier for two years!