Pioneer Woman Museum & Statue
The Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City is dedicated to preserving women’s history and showcasing the historical and continued influence of women on the development of Oklahoma and the United States. The pioneer spirit embodied by the phrase “I See No Boundaries” is prominent throughout the museum. The museum's exhibits showcase Oklahoma women who were pioneers in their respective fields, both on a state and national level.
The museum’s entrance is unique and was designed to represent the sunbonnet often worn by the pioneer women of the west and mimic its shape architecturally. The Pioneer Woman Museum also hosts many events and educational classes through its education center. The craft demonstrations and interactive areas of the museum are open to anyone who wants to learn spinning, knitting or quilting.
The Pioneer Woman Statue is 30-foot tall statue commissioned by E.W. Marland, a United States Congressman and tenth governor of Oklahoma. Designed by artist Bryant Baker, “Confident” depicts a mother in sunbonnet holding her son’s hand as they walk towards the horizon. It was unveiled in 1930 and stands as monument to the women who helped found Oklahoma as a state. It is inscribed with the words, “In appreciation of the heroic character of the women who braved the dangers and endured the hardships incident to daily life of the pioneer and homesteader in this country.”