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Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation

8100 North Highway 81
Duncan, OK 73533
P: +1 580-255-9675

Overview

Live, Work, Play!  The spirit that turned cowboys into legends, cattlemen into men of fortune, and oilmen into giants lives on in Duncan. Museums, antique stores, and special retreats all share Duncan's rich and colorful heritage. Year round events, recreational facilities, and outdoor activities renew residents and visitors with this spirit of adventure. Programs dedicated to the arts, culture, recreation and history are prevalent in the community. Below are some of those facets that make living in Duncan so enjoyable:
  • Chisholm Trail Arts Council
  • Duncan Little Theatre
  • Simmons Center: Recreation Facility, Convention Center, and Performing Arts Theatre
  • Chisholm Trail Heritage Center and Garis Gallery of the American West
  • Stephens County Historical Museum
  • Historic Mainstreet Antique and Specialty Shopping District
  • W.T. Foreman Prairie House
  • Stephens County Fair & Expo Center
  • Five Area Lakes
  • Hunting and Fishing locations
  • Golf Courses
  • City Parks – with recreation for adults, children and families

Theater


Duncan Little Theatre brings “live theatre” to the area by providing an extremely varied program of plays, musicals, assorted dinner theatres, and melodrama’s over the course of each year. Our website (www.duncanlittletheatre.com) contains details on dates of events, tickets, costume rentals, audition details, and other “theatre” activities in the community. 

Duncan Little Theatre hosted the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association (OCTA) State Festival in 1995, the Regional Southwest America Association of Community Theatres festival in 2001 and is a founding member of OCTA, the oldest community theatre organization west of the Mississippi River. 

Costume Shoppe: Duncan Little Theatre has an extensive collection of costumes, which can be rented. Open by appointment. Call Duncan Little Theatre at 580-252-8331, leave a short message, your name and contact information. One of our Board Members will be glad to arrange a convenient time for you to come select your costume.

Dance

Heartbeat Dance House provides a quality dance education to youth (2-18yrs) from experienced, educated, and qualified instructors.  Classes are offered in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, etc.  This is a very fun activity in our community with competitions and trips.  The dance season begins in August and runs through the month of May.  The end of year event fills our 750-seat theatre at the Simmons Center with a must-see performance.  

Ballroom dance lessons and events are available with the Starlighters!  Open to all ages.   

Music

The Hodgson Studio of Music & Drama welcomes students of all ages and skill levels who want to develop their talents. Whether your desire is to foster a love for the arts in yourself or your children, or create a solid foundation for a career in music or drama, Hodgson Studio of Music & Drama will give you the tools you need to begin. At Hodgson Studio of Music & Drama, we strive to teach sound musical and dramatic techniques in a nurturing atmosphere incorporating a philosophy of hard work, perseverance, personal responsibility, courage and service. Come join us!

Museums

Visiting the Stephens County Historical Museum can transport you back into a simpler time; you can literally "step" into Grandma's kitchen or the family dentist's offices. See authentic room vignettes filled with treasured antiques, memorabilia, and other artifacts depicting pioneer life in Oklahoma. One extensive display shows our Native American heritage in an original setting with an exceptional arrowhead collection. Whether your interest is early-day photography, music, crafts, Indian lore, farming or machines, the Stephens County Historical Museum can satisfy your curiosity in charming fashion. Exploring the adventures of the past is just a step away. Other notable features: ·County photography dating from 1892 ·Area archaeological samples ·Pioneer Drug Store, Blacksmith shop, Legal Offices and Medical Offices of the era ·Records and photography ·One and two-room schoolhouses, which have virtually disappeared from the American landscape *Gift shop

Galleries


The Garis Gallery is located at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center whose mission is "To celebrate and perpetuate the history, art and culture of the Chisholm Trail, the American Cowboy and the American West."  As soon as you  step onto the Chisholm Trail walkway, you realize you are walking into history of the old west through the eyes of artists and visionaries. The oval bronze and rock monument gives you a quick story of the Chisholm Trail, 1867-1875, and the artistic path leads you to the “On the Chisholm Trail” life size bronze, by Oklahoma artist Paul Moore. The Garis Gallery of the American West houses some of the finest western art created in the world – George Catlin, Frederic Remington, Charlie Russell and Allan Houser pieces have a permanent home. You’ll also find more contemporary art, like that of Ramona Swift, a Canadian artist, who is also with the Artists for Conservation and continues to pursue her passion for art. The Garis Gallery is also home to two early works by John Coleman, who has been a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 2001. A leading western artist and award-winning bronze sculptor, he lives and works in Arizona. Pictured above, right, is a resin, Song for the Spirit. Once inside the facility, you can get a closer look at the “On the Chisholm Trail” tabletop bronze replica on display to the left entrance of the Garis Gallery of the American West. Pick up one of the self-guided audio tours if you want to learn more about each of the pieces. When the gallery first opened, Ken Davenport, owner of Arkansas Art Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas, said it was the most concise snapshot of western art as seen from an Oklahoma perspective that exists anywhere. “This should be the first stop of a student of western art in the exploration of the Chisholm Trail, Western and Native American Art. From Duncan, you can go on to Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Fort Worth, Denver and Santa Fe,” Ken Davenport said.

Programs for Children & Family

Individuals, families with children and extended families all enjoy a variety of recreational and social activities in Duncan. Much of our city’s appeal stems from a robust economy, low crime rate, moderate climate, and low cost of living. Easy flow of traffic and short commute times allow our citizens more time for leisurely pursuits.

Events and Festivals

Year round events, recreational facilities, and outdoor activities renew visitors with the spirit of adventure from the old west. Visit duncancalendar.com for an updated listing of events. 

Did You Know?

  • Oklahoma Magazine designated the "On Chisholm Trail" bronze sculpture as one of the “20 Objects that Shape Oklahoma.”

Data Name Value
Accredited Museums None
Arts Institutions 2
Dance Companies 0
Historical Sites 0
Museums 2
Musical Groups and Artists 0
Other Performing Arts Companies 0
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 0