Marty Tipton and the Cowboy Way

Marty Tipton, also known as The Oklahoma Kid, ropes in front of the Capitol.
Marty Tipton, also known as The Oklahoma Kid, ropes in front of the Capitol.
Marty Tipton is about as close as one can get to the American cowboy of yore this side of the year 2000. And while his cowboy hat and boots, and even his livelihood as a professional trick roper add to this conception, the similarities extend beyond the standard cowboy imagery. Tipton has a larger-than-life quality to him, telling stories in his friendly Oklahoma twang that seem believable enough but also carry with them a sense of the fantastic that belongs in a dime novel.

Route 66 Lost & Found

Cadiz Summit California Exhibit  Then (From the collection of Russell Olsen)
Cadiz Summit California Exhibit Then (From the collection of Russell Olsen)
Photographer Russell Olsen was first drawn to Route 66 in 1995—ten years after its decommission—on a road trip from Los Angeles to Chicago.  Fourteen years, seven complete trips, and several books later, Olsen is still taking pictures of the route, and he has developed a motto: “Slow down, get off the interstate, and experience America.”

Hitting the Road for the Summer

Automobile repair in Springerville, Arizona, undated, gelatin silver print. Unidentified photographer. Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; P.4319
Automobile repair in Springerville, Arizona, undated, gelatin silver print. Unidentified photographer. Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; P.4319
Summer vacation days are here and the road beckons! In honor of the recent opening of our new Route 66 exhibition we are sharing collection images of cars, maps, and road trippers. If you are in need of inspiration for your own travels, maybe a trip through the past is just the ticket!

Hometown Hero

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Though Roy Rogers was initially touted as a singing cowboy from Wyoming, he was really from southern Ohio. As his films and music gained popularity across the United States in the late 1930s, one fan from Rogers’s Portsmouth, Ohio, hometown decided that it was time to start an official local fan club.

Our Voices Will Be Heard: Interview with Dramaturg Laura Shamas

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Introducing Laura Shamas: author, playwright, mythologist, educator, and Huffpost film blogger. This week, Laura is also the dramaturg for Vera Starbard’s powerful new play, Our Voices Will Be Heard. On Tuesday, Laura took a brief break from workshopping Vera’s play to chat about what it’s like to be involved in Native Voices’ annual Playwrights Retreat and New […]