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Through January 8, 2006, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum offers its exhibition Pendleton Photographer Lee Moorhouse and the Real West. Beginning in about 1898, amateur photographer Lee Moorhouse began recording scenes in Pendleton, Oregon, and the adjacent Columbia River Basin.

His glass plate negatives provide an expansive, important record of the region during its transition from frontier life to the modern era. Revolving around the historic photography, the exhibition includes connections to the famed Pendleton Round-Up rodeo, American Indians, Pendleton Woolen Mills and more.

Throughout November and early December, movie buffs and museum enthusiasts will find that the National Cowboy Museum is the perfect place to spend an autumn Saturday. There are several activities planned in conjunction with the Pendleton Photographer exhibition. Activities kick off with free lectures Saturday, November 5 and conclude December 3 with a free, American Indian Trade Blanket Appraisal Clinic by Barry Friedman, an authority on collecting trade and camp blankets.

In a special five-week film festival, the Museum will offer showings of several films that relate to the people and places of Pendleton and the Umatilla Indians. The free showings will be held in the Museum’s Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theatre.

Moviegoers are invited to visit the exhibition before or after showings. Museum exhibition admission is free for Museum members; otherwise, visitors may view the exhibition by paying the nominal Museum admission fee or purchasing a membership on site.

Collectors and shoppers will be especially interested in the companion book and limited edition Pendleton Woolen Mills blanket produced in connection with the exhibition and available at The Museum Store. The Western Legacy Blanket commemorates the Museum’s 50th anniversary. The Museum’s Curator of Native American Collections Steven L. Grafe authored Peoples of the Plateau: The Indian Photographs of Lee Moorhouse, 1898-1915.

Pendleton Photographer is presented by Bank of America and major sponsors: Dolese Bros. Co and A.J. “Jack” and Phoebe Cooke. Additional Museum support courtesy of Devon Energy Corp., Mustang Fuel Corp., Dobson Communications Corp. and The Oklahoman.

The Museum is hosting several special exhibitions during November 2005, including: Humor in the West Through the Carvings of Gene Zesch; 7th Annual Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Exhibition and Sale; Field and Studio: Western Hunting Photography; and Music and Dance in American Indian Painting, opening November 5.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch is available on site. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more info call (405) 478-2250 or visit


Saturday, November 5, 2005
Hatiya (Wind): Voices of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (1994); 26 minutes. This documentary details early 20th century life on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Saddle Story! Manufacturing Saddles: Hamley and Co. (1952); 4 minutes. See this portion of the National Association of Manufacturers “Industry on Parade” film series shot in 1952. Show Times: 1p.m. & 3p.m.

Saturday, November 12, 2005
American Cowboys (1999); 47 minutes The lives of famed rodeo cowboys Jackson Sundown and George Fletcher are portrayed in this documentary. Show Times: 10a.m., 1p.m. & 3p.m.

Saturday, November 19, 2005
Let 'Er Buck: A Time of Legends 1910-1930; 50 minutes View a documentary about the great performers of the Pendleton Round-Up. Show Times: 10a.m., 1p.m. & 3p.m.

Saturday, November 26, 2005
Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians (2000); 84 minutes. This documentary covers the noted photographer of American Indian subjects. Show Times: 10a.m., 1p.m. & 3p.m.

Saturday, December 3, 2005
The Lusty Men (1953); 113 minutes. Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward star in this RKO feature Western. Show Times: 10a.m. & 2p.m.

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