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Help solve the mystery of the missing bison painting

Ponca City Now - September 16, 2019 4:14 pm

On Friday, Oct. 4, Marland’s Grand Home will host a 1920s “Who Done It?” mystery crime tour.

The “Case of the Missing Oklahoma Bison Painting” will be presented as a family- friendly fundraiser of
the Friends of the Marland’s Grand Home. Guests will collect clues and solve a mystery crime.

Who Done It?
Mystery crime guests will investigate the mysterious case of this stolen “Oklahoma Bison” painting, one
of E.W. Marland’s favorite works of art. The buffalo painting was created by legendary artist Emil
Lenders. Lenders moved to the 101 Ranch in the early 1900s and painted bison and other various wild
west scenes. He was fascinated by the territory and its rugged beauty.

Guests will meet 17 different real life characters from the Marland era telling their story. A
guide will escort small groups of visitors thought the home, touring existing rooms and peering into
hidden spaces. Each character will disclose an important clue related to the crime, to be recorded on a
small detective’s tablet. Guests will record these clues, one by one, on their own tablet.

By the end of the tour, the visitor detectives will have recorded their clues to solve the crime. They will then have a
chance to reveal their findings to the Ponca City Chief of Police in the last room, the Library, and receive a reward for the evidence revealed about the culprit.

Tickets
Tickets are available for $20 at Marland’s Grand Home, the Marland Estate, and the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce, to attend one of the five mystery crime sessions at Marland’s Grand Home, with different starting times at 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., or 8 p.m. Tickets at the door the night of the event, if still available, will be $25. The event includes traversing stairways and writing down clues.

For more information on the tour or Marland’s Grand Home, please call (580) 767-0427.

 

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