Oklahoma History Center: OKC

Hey friend, welcome back to another post! Today, we’re talking about the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

This was the first time I had visited this museum in about 10 years. There were new exhibits and updates that were so cool! My appreciation for the history of Oklahoma has grown and evolved since I was in high school so it was fun to see everything in a new light.

*All photos used in this post were taken by myself at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Enjoy these photos from the various galleries throughout the museum. There’s so much to see and read so I’ll let you visit the museum for yourself 🙂

TRAVEL TIP: There is an audio tour available for the museum in English, Spanish, French, and German.

Inasmuch Gallery

  • Crossroads of Commerce: A History of Free Enterprise in Oklahoma

Sonic was the place to be after school when I was in high school. Everyone would drive down there to hang out and grab food or a drink, especially after swim practice! Lemonade was my favorite 🙂

ONEOK, Inc. Gallery

  • We Are Who We Were: American Indians in Oklahoma

Gaylord Special Exhibits Gallery

  • Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space

I thought this exhibit about Oklahomans in space was so interesting! There were vehicles, space suits, and even moon rocks!

Kerr-McGee Gallery

  • Steamboat Heroine
  • African American Experience
  • Military
  • Oil and Gas

Steamboat Heroine

The Oklahoma History Center has a really cool exhibit on the steamboat Heroine. This vessel weighed 160 tons and was 140 feet long! This boat is thought to have been one of the first steamboats to navigate the upper Red River. (See the map on the wall when you visit!) 

Sadly, the Heroine sank in May 1838 a few miles from its destination… It had been carrying supplies for soldiers at various military forts. 

The Heroine was considered a veteran vessel because it had been operating for around 5 years which was a LONG time for a steamboat in the nineteenth century. This was dangerous work! 

The Red River changed course in the 1840s and the Heroine wound up being found in a pasture! Teams from the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University worked together to excavate the site from 1999 into the mid-2000s. 

The hull of the boat filled with sand sealing much of its content. Some of the wreckage survived and allowed archaeologists to further study steamboat constructions from the mid-nineteenth century. Contents from the cargo also survived allowing historians to study more about westward expansion in the early-nineteenth century.

To learn more about the Heroine, please visit the Oklahoma Historical Society website! I’ve linked the website at the end of this post.

Sam Noble Gallery

  • Land Run
  • Curator’s Corner
  • Century Chest
  • Law and Order
  • Farming and Ranching
  • Education
  • 1950s Kitchen
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

I loved this gallery! There was information about sod houses, cattle trails, and farming – and we all know how much I love American Western history 🙂

Can we also talk about how cool the “Oklahoma!” marquee sign is in this photo? I wonder if the Oklahoma History Center would tell me where they found letters that big?! LOVE IT!

Red River Journey (Outside the Museum)

You can also walk around the outside of the Oklahoma History Center to see the following pieces:

  • Great Spirit Buffalo II by Phillip Haozous
  • Liberty Bell Reproduction
  • CCC Sculpture
  • Lodge by Bob Haozous
  • Extinct by Bob Haozous
  • Civil War Cannon
  • Vietnam-era Huey Helicopter
  • Devon Energy Oil and Gas Park
  • OG&E Energy Corp. 14 Flags Over Oklahoma
  • Unconquered by Allan Houser
  • Monarch at Rest by Harold T. Holden

Concluding Thoughts

I loved visiting this museum again! I always find it interesting when I go back and visit places that I went to when I was younger. My love and appreciation for history has grown so much over the past decade and I love seeing things from a new perspective.

I hope you’ll check this museum out whenever you’re in Oklahoma City!

Happy traveling! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂


800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

TRAVEL TIP: The Oklahoma Historical Society has a membership program that you can purchase that is extremely reasonable. I purchased a basic membership which allows you to visit all of their sites. I’ve used mine several times already and can’t wait to visit more places!


Oklahoma Historical Society – website

Oklahoma History Center – Gallery Guide

Oklahoma State University: Stillwater, OK

Hey friend! Welcome back to another post! Today, we’re talking about the history behind some of the buildings at Oklahoma State University. I am an alumna of Oklahoma State and spent quite a bit of time in the buildings in this post. I can’t wait to show you more, let’s get started!

*All photos in this post were taken by myself at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Student Union

The Student Union at Oklahoma State University was completed in 1950 and was part of President Henry Bennett’s campus plan. This extensive 25 year plan included many large building projects. 

The construction of the Student Union began in the summer of 1948 and was completed in 1950. The building cost $4.5 million at the time which is equivalent to around $45 million today. President Bennett wanted this building to “enhance students’ social, intellectual and cultural well-being.” (timeline.okstate.edu) 

The Student Union celebrated its 25th birthday in 1976 complete with a cake cutting! (There are pictures on timeline.okstate.edu if you’re interested in seeing them.) 

The Chi Omega Clock (simply called Chi O Clock) was gifted to OSU in 1970 to celebrate the sorority’s 75th anniversary. It stands in the Student Union Plaza and many people walk by it everyday. You can’t miss it! 

A new Student Services Center opened in the Union in 1999 making it the largest student union again! 

Extensive renovations started on the Student Union in fall 2009 and lasted until 2012. The project cost $63 million. The North Plaza was added to the building along with a renovated theater, offices, meeting rooms, dining options, and lots of new seating. New wiring, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and elevators were added to make the building safer as well. 

In 2013, after the renovations were completed BestCollegeReviews.org stated, “Therefore, it is no surprise that the grand Oklahoma State Union in Stillwater takes the crown for the most amazing and comprehensive student union.” 

Go Pokes, right?! The Student Union is still a must see place at OSU! You can do pretty much anything in that building! There’s food, study spaces, student organizations, classes, entertainment, and so much more! Make sure to check it out when you’re in Stillwater! 

I loved studying in this building and hanging out with my friends! I have a lot of good memories there 🧡

Edmon Low Library

Edmon Low was named the head librarian at Oklahoma A&M College in 1940 and worked in this position until 1966. “He was considered the ‘dean’ of university librarians in the nation.” (timeline.okstate.edu) 

Ground was broken for the new library building in Stillwater in May 1950. Oklahoma State University President Henry Bennett wanted the campus to be built around the library. Bennett and Low toured other university libraries around the United States for inspiration.

The new library opened in 1953 and was one of the five largest open stack libraries in the world when it opened! This meant that patrons could just walk in and look at the books on the shelves. 

The library was built in the Williamsburg Georgian style and has recessed ornate arches at the southern entrance (shown in the pictures). The iconic central tower stands 182-feet tall! The library was and is the focal point of the Oklahoma State University campus. 

In 1977, the library was re-named to honor Edmon Low. The Edmon Low Library contains over 2 million volumes. The two millionth volume “was a six-volume set titled ‘Indian Tribes of the United States (1851-1857)’ by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, which was donated by longtime friends of the library Joe and Adeanya Hunt.” (timeline.okstate.edu) 

Today, the Edmon Low Library is one of the top 100 academic research libraries in the United States. I spent many hours studying, browsing the book shelves, and reading in the Edmon Low Library while I was a student. I loved the atmosphere, the study rooms, and the reading rooms. This library will always hold a special place in my heart 🧡

Willard Hall

Named after Frances E. Willard, Willard Hall opened in 1938 as a women’s residence hall at Oklahoma State University. Willard was a known temperance leader and feminist. 

Willard Hall sits just north of Theta Pond and is styled in the modified Georgian architecture that is seen all over campus. The building also has a mix of Chinese and Colonial furnishings. Between 1939-1986, around 400 women lived in the dorm each year. A student could rent a room for $7-$14 initially! 

From 1986-1995, Willard Hall was used for storage…

In 1995, 9.8 million dollars was invested into renovating the building! Willard Hall was to be the new home for the College of Education. A large lecture hall, modern classrooms, labs, and faculty offices were the major changes made to the building. “A central feature for the new Willard Hall was an upgrade and restoration of the graceful old living room on the first floor that was remembered by generations of students.” (timeline.okstate.edu) This area of building is beautiful and I’m sad that I don’t have a picture to show you… Next, a large patio was added to the southern end of the building overlooking Theta Pond! Weddings and meetings are sometimes held in this space. 

Willard Hall is a beautiful building At Oklahoma State University. I attended several meetings there and loved it!

Old Central

Old Central was the first permanent building that opened on campus in 1894. This building is made out of sandstone and brick masonry. The building was originally called “College Building” or ‘(Old) Central Building’ hence the current name. 

The building was condemned in 1921, but it was saved by Henry G. Bennett in 1928. He wanted to refurbish and restore the building. A group of faculty and alumni continued his vision and kept working to save the building. It has undergone numerous renovations to help preserve the building. Old Central was added to the National Register of Historic Places in July 1971! 

Today, Old Central is where the Honors College is located. There are classrooms in the basement and a computer lab for honors students. The main floor has offices and the upper floor has a large room.

It’s definitely a cool building to walk through! To see more photos of Old Central and to learn more about its history, read my separate blog post: Old Central @ OSU: Stillwater, OK


Construction on Gundersen Hall began in 1911 and was completed by September 1912. It was originally called the ‘Engineering Building,’ but was later renamed Gundersen Hall to honor the head of mathematics, Carl Gundersen. Gundersen died in 1938. All engineering students for the previous 29 years had sat through at least one of his classes to complete their degrees. 

Gundersen Hall is 34,000 square feet and the total cost for the building and equipment was $100,000 in 1912. The first floor had classrooms, laboratories for testing heavy equipment, and a ventilation room. The second floor had a physics laboratory, classrooms, an engineering library, and staff offices for physics and civil engineering. The third floor was used for drafting rooms for the mechanical and architectural departments. 

On June 13, 1975, an F3 tornado hit the Oklahoma State University campus causing damage to Old Central, Morrill Hall, and Gundersen. Several other buildings were affected and trees were uprooted. 

Today, Gundersen houses the language departments. I visited office hours in the building and had to hang flyers for some club events. It’s a neat building. 

Social Sciences and Humanities

The History Department is in this building! I spent many hours in my office and in classes while in grad school in this building!

Morrill Hall

For more information and historic photos, please watch this video created by Oklahoma State University.

Bartlett Center

School of Architecture

Concluding Thoughts

I love Oklahoma State University so much and I hope you enjoyed learning about the history behind some of the buildings on campus. I have written other posts about Stillwater history that you should check out next. They’re linked below!


Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK 74078




Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Museum: Enid, OK

Hey friend! Welcome back to another post! Today, we’re talking about the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid, Oklahoma. There are so many cool things to see at this site. Let’s go look around!

*All photos were taken by myself at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid, Oklahoma.

History of the Center

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located in Enid, Oklahoma. This museum focuses on the history of Northwestern Oklahoma and the 1893 Land Run. Additionally, the museum explores pioneer history, agriculture, drilling for oil, Vance Air Force Base, education, and more! 

Permanent Exhibitions

The permanent exhibits at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center were so cool! I have included a few photos from some of the galleries. The sod house exhibit was my personal favorite.

Humphrey Heritage Village

The Humphrey Heritage Village is a living history village located at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. There are several historic buildings you can walk around and go inside! It’s so cool!

Original Land Run Office from 1893

This is the last standing U.S. Land Office from the 1893 land run. There were 4 land offices located in Alva, Enid, Perry, and Woodward. 21,000 homestead claims were filed at this office in Enid!

The Land Office was originally located on the East side of the city square in Enid before being relocated to the Humphrey Heritage Village at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. The building has been restored and it is so cool on the inside! 

The wooden posts in photo 7 below were used to measure and mark claims according to the map on the wall. The surveyors had to lay these posts out before the land run took place.

The plaque in photo 10 outside of the building reads: “This is the only remaining US land office from the 6 Oklahoma land runs (1889-1896) and other Oklahoma land openings. This office was built in Enid for the registration of claims in County O, later named Garfield County, for the land run in the Cherokee Outlet on September 16, 1893. It was moved to the Humphrey Heritage Village and restored by the Heritage League, the Champlin Foundation and the Oklahoma Historical Society.” This marker was dedicated on February 21, 1997. 

Turkey Creek School from 1896

Originally, the Turkey Creek School was located about 10 miles southwest of Enid close to the Imo area. 

Construction on this one-room schoolhouse began in 1895 and took three years to complete. The parents of the students built the building so their students could receive an education. The first class was held in 1898! What’s really cool is the original alphabet board still hangs on the wall of the schoolhouse today!

The school eventually closed in 1947 and the building was relocated a few times before it was moved to the Humphrey Heritage Village. 

Glidewell House from 1905

The Glidewell House was built in 1905 by James W. and Alice Glidewell near Helena, Oklahoma in Alfalfa County. The home was built in the Victorian style and has the original gingerbread wooden trim. The two-story home has several rooms! There are four bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, dining room, study, and a sitting room (upstairs). 

Lora Lee Woodall and Betty Lou Graft, the granddaughters of the Glidewells donated the home to the Oklahoma Historical Society.

You can walk through on a tour and see furniture and other items that were original to the home. Personally, I loved seeing all of the furniture pieces! 

Episcopal Church from 1902

This was the first Episcopal Church built in Enid for the St. Matthew’s congregation in 1902. Reverend Francis Key Brooke preached his first sermon from the back of a wagon! He came to Enid during the land run.

Misc. Pieces in the Village

Imprinting the West – Temporary Exhibit

Concluding Thoughts

I loved this museum, I spent a few hours here on a Saturday morning and went on the tour of the Humphrey Heritage Village. The tour is well worth your time and the staff member who led it was so kind and knowledgable.

I want to give a shout-out to the other staff members at this museum as well. They were super friendly and answered all my questions about Enid. They even gave recommendations for places to eat around town which was great for me!

I definitely recommend visiting this museum and chatting with the people there!

TRAVEL TIP: Make sure to go on the tour of the Humphrey Heritage Village! I learned a lot! 

Happy traveling, friend! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂


507 S. 4th Street

Enid, OK 73701


Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center – Website

Woody Wilson Memorial Park: Carney, OK

Hey friend – welcome back to another post! Today, we’re looking at a statue in Carney, Oklahoma that honors World War I Doughboys. The statue sits in the Woody Wilson Memorial Park.

Highway 177 intersects the town of Carney. I have driven up and down that highway many times, but never pulled off to drive through the actual town of Carney. It was cool to stop and look around to find this statue!

*All photos in this post were taken by myself in Carney, Oklahoma.

WWI Doughboy Statue

Claude Fisher completed this statue in 1940 to honor the WWI troops who were known as Doughboys. The Doughboy stands at attention with his rifle directly in front of him. He has both hands wrapped around the barrel of the gun with the butt resting on the ground in front of him.

The Doughboy stands atop a concrete base that was decorated with rocks. The plaque reads: “In memory of our boys – 1917 & 1918.”

According to waymarking.com, Claude Fisher’s son said his father made the framework of the statue using metal car parts. He would then take the bag that the cement came in and use it to form the body. Finally, he would pour the concrete, let it partially set, and mold it before it dried completely.

This process took a lot of time, patience, and talent. The statue still looks great today in 2023!

Other Signs in Woody Wilson Memorial Park

There were a few other signs in this memorial so I have included a few photos below!

Carney, Oklahoma – Designated A Bicentennial City

“Carney began with the opening of Iowa Sac and Fox Indian lands in 1891. Because of a large water spring, it was an over night camp site for freight and stage lines between Guthrie and Chandler. The town was named for Carney Staples, surveyor and first store keeper. His wife was the first acting post master.”

Dedicated June 19, 1976

Concluding Thoughts

This was fun road tip for me and the statue was really cool to see! I hope you’ll look up the historical statues in your area and pay them a visit!

Happy Traveling! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂


Woody Wilson Memorial Park

300th Block S. Main St.

Carney, Oklahoma 74832


The Doughboy – Woody Wilson Mem. Park – Carney, OK – Waymarking.com

Carney City Hall – TravelOK.com

Sistine Chapel Exhibit: OKC

Hey friend! Welcome back to another post! Today, we’re talking about the Sistine Chapel exhibit that was on display in Oklahoma City from September through December 2022. Sadly, it is no longer open in OKC, but if it’s in a city near you then I totally recommend checking it out. So, let’s talk about it!

*All photos were taken by myself at the Sistine Chapel Exhibit in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

What is the Sistine Chapel?

The Sistine Chapel was built from 1473-1481 by Giovanni die Dolci for Pope Sixtus IV. It is a rectangular building with a barrel-vaulted ceiling and there are six arched windows on the long sides of the building. The exterior of the building is fairly plain, but the inside of the building is another story. The decor is immaculate. There are frescos on a majority of the walls and the ceiling depicting different Popes and Biblical scenes.

How is a fresco made? An artist takes water-based pigments and paints over moist lime plaster while it is still wet.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Artists of the Sistine Chapel

A handful of artists were commissioned to decorate the interior of the chapel. The most famous artist being Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Michelangelo had arrived in Rome in 1505. He considered himself to be more of a sculptor than a painter and intended to sculpt a mausoleum for Pope Julius II, but that didn’t happen… Instead, Michelangelo was commissioned to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling in 1506 by Pope Julius II.

The ceiling covers approximately 8611 square feet and Michelangelo would paint most of the ceiling without assistance – a huge feat!

Pope Julius II wanted the theme of the work to be the Twelve Apostles, but Michelangelo found this boring and had other ideas. Michelangelo decided to create frescos made of multiple scenes from the Old and New Testaments in the Bible for the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The framework he chose for the piece has interested people for centuries. He began with Creation and ended with The Last Judgement, but he didn’t move in a linear fashion.

After four and a half years of painting, Michelangelo’s ceiling frescos were finished. A festival was held on All Saint’s Day in 1512 to open the Sistine Chapel.

In 1536, Michelangelo returned to Rome to redesign the altar wall at the request of Pope Paul III. Five years later, Michelangelo finished the “Last Judgment.” The center of the painting features Jesus separating humanity into the chosen and the damned. It is a very detailed piece (there is a photo below).

Sistine Chapel Restoration

A controversial project to restore the frescos on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel took places in the 1980s. This project took ten years to complete. They removed dirt, smoke, and varnish that had accumulated on the frescos for centuries. The vibrancy of the colors were finally able to be seen once again.

The Sistine Chapel Exhibit in Oklahoma City

“Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition” is a breathtaking traveling exhibit. The technology used to create the replica panels involved photography and special printing techniques. Many of the photographs used had been taken during the restoration project.

There are 34 massive panels that showcase what Michelangelo painted on the Sistine Chapel. You can see the brush strokes and minor details of the original pieces on the panels. The panels are HUGE! I am standing next to a panel in the photo below and you can see how big it really is.

How much time should I budget to walk through this exhibit?

This exhibit will take anywhere from 60-90 minutes to walk through.

There is an app to download when you arrive with a guided audio tour. There is a QR code to scan at each panel which will take you to the correct audio clip. You can also manually select on the app which clip you want to listen to as well. Each clip lasts anywhere from 2-5ish minutes on the guided audio tour. My friend played the audio on their phone and we shared wireless headphones so we could both hear the same thing at the same time.

There was also a poster with information to read at each panel which was nice.

As for seating, there were a few benches spread throughout the exhibit in Oklahoma City. This gave you a chance to to sit and observe the panels more closely if you wanted to.

“The Creation of Adam” has always been one of my favorite pieces of art. (Photo above) I have a small replica in my living room of the fingers nearly touching. To see it up close and huge was amazing. I really don’t have any other words to say about it. I sat here and looked at this painting for several minutes. I was thankful they placed a bench here!

I have included a few photos of some of the some of the other panels that were on display. There is no way I could include them all here… The colors and the details are stunning. The patience that Michelangelo needed to create these masterpieces must have been great.

Photo of "The Last Judgement" panel.

My friend really liked this panel, the “Last Judgement. (Pictured above) The detail in this panel is stunning. The longer you sit and look at it – the more things you notice about the painting. What is the first thing you notice about this piece?

Concluding Thoughts

I LOVED this exhibit and my friend said they enjoyed it too. If you have a chance to see this exhibit, I definitely recommend going. Tickets were a little bit pricey in Oklahoma City, but the experience was worth it to me.

TRAVEL TIP: Make sure to take a pair of fully-charged headphones to the exhibit with you so you can listen to the audio tour!

They also had a gift shop at the end of the exhibition with different items you could purchase. I wound up getting a magnet for my collection and a beautiful coffee mug with “The Creation of Adam” on it 🙂

Happy traveling, friend! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂


OKC: Sistine Chapel Exhibition

About the Exhibition: Sistine Chapel Exhibition Website

Fresco Definition: Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Sistine Chapel: Encyclopedia Britannica

Exhibit Information Panel at the Beginning of the Exhibit – Cover Image of this blog post and below

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit @ Oklahoma City

Hey friend! Welcome back to another post! Today, we’re talking about the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit that was in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for a few months. Sadly, this exhibit has already closed in Oklahoma City and moved on to the next place, but I still want to talk about it. So, let’s get started! 

*All photos were taken by myself in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Other image attributions are in the caption below the image and in the source section at the end of this post.

Who was Vincent Van Gogh?

Vincent Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in the Netherlands to strictly religious parents. He attempted to make his family happy, but found this path to be unfulfilling.

Vincent Van Gogh began painting later in his life. He moved to Antwerp for schooling in the arts, but found the traditional style to be constricting. He then moved to Paris where he was able to experiment with different styles and make social connections. He stayed here for a time before moving to Arles where he stayed for 15 months.

In Arles, he created nearly 300 pieces of art. Many of the pieces were vibrantly colored! In December 1888, Van Gogh’s health took a turn for the worse and his friends were concerned. His physician was also concerned after Van Gogh severed his own left ear.

In May 1889, Van Gogh went to the Saint-Paul de Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy. It was here that he painted his famous work, “The Starry Night.” He eventually left the asylum against everyone’s wishes. He then traveled back to live in a suburb of Paris.

Van Gogh painted approximately 70 more oil paintings in the suburb of Paris. He spent much of his time painting in the wheat fields there. Tragically, on July 27, 1890, Van Gogh went to wheat fields to paint and shot himself in the chest. He later died from an infection in the wound.

Within ten years, Vincent Van Gogh became a world-wide sensation in the art scene. His work was displayed all over the world for millions to see and experience. Vincent Van Gogh made over 2,000 pieces of art, but is most famous for the approximately 900 oil paintings he created.

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

Vincent Van Gogh (Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Guide, 9)

The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit

The images were projected on all four walls in a room. It literally feels like you are living in the painting. The transitions are seamless and the music matches perfectly. It’s easy to forget that you’re not a part of the painting!

Massimiliano Siccardi designed and coordinated the Van Gogh exhibit, while Luca Longobardi created the soundtrack. Their original exhibit was on display in France. For more information about the creative team, visit their website linked here.

Immersive Van Gogh by the Numbers

Cubic Feet of Projections500,000
Frames of Video 60,600
Here are a few statistics from the Van Gogh exhibition! It is impressive to see all of this come together in a magical experience.

Photos from the Van Gogh Immersive Experience

This exhibit takes place in a rectangular-shaped room. The paintings and imaged are projected on all four walls and the floor. I literally felt like I was living inside the painting. The artwork is set to music and it enhances the show in my opinion. The music crescendos and falls at just the right times. Immersive Van Gogh is visually stunning.

The experience plays on a 35-minute loop and you can sit and watch it as many times as you would like (at least in Oklahoma City you could). My friend and I sat and watched it 2 1/2 times through, but I honestly could have sat there all day long.

Van Gogh’s Letters

This area was set up outside of the projection space! It was pretty cool! 🙂

Concluding Thoughts

I loved this exhibit – I bought tickets way in advance for this show and was impressed upon seeing it. The wait was definitely worth it!

TRAVEL TIP: I did purchase the package that came with a cushion to sit on. The Oklahoma City venue had a concrete floor and limited seating on benches or in chairs. So, you might want to consider bringing a jacket to sit on or purchasing a cushion if you plan on staying to watch for awhile.


Unfortunately, this exhibit has closed in Oklahoma City, but I highly encourage you to check it out if it’s in a city near you. It’s totally worth it in my opinion!


Immersive Van Gogh – Oklahoma City

Creative Team & Producers

Immersive Van Gogh Pre-Show Audio Guide – Transcript

Richard Ouzounian and Vladimir Kevorkov, Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Guide (Lighthouse Immersive Inc Publication, 2021 – Second Edition) (Pages 8-11,

Museums & Historic Sites to Visit in Stillwater!

Hey there, welcome to my blog! My name is Kaitlyn and I have a passion for history. I have a master’s degree in history from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and love to write about history tips and museum visits! This post includes some of my favorite museums and historic sites to visit in Stillwater, Oklahoma. For more information about each individual museum or historic site, please click on my blog links or the Instagram posts at the end of each section – let’s get started!

Oklahoma State University – Stillwater Campus

Old Central

Old Central is the oldest building on the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater. It currently houses the Honors College at OSU and I had a few classes in the basement when I was a student. It’s a really neat building that contains so much history!

For more information on preservation efforts and current pictures of the building, see my longer blog post: Old Central

Willard Hall (Left) & Edmon Low Library (Right)

OSU Student Union (Left) & Gundersen (Right)

Thatcher Hall Air Park

The Thatcher Hall Air Park at OSU honors ROTC and veterans. There is a plane, two canons, and several plaques to walk around and see. For more information, see my longer blog post: ROTC Thatcher Hall Air Park

Nancy Randolph Davis Statue

The Nancy Randolph Davis statue stands in front of the Nancy Randolph Davis building on Monroe street (this is the middle of the OSU campus). Her story is inspiring and I hope you’ll read my longer blog post to learn more!

For more information, see my longer blog post: Nancy Randolph Davis Statue

Heritage Hall at Gallagher Iba Arena

Heritage Hall inside of Gallagher Iba Arena tells the history of Oklahoma State University athletics. This hall covers all sports at OSU and has some of the coolest memorabilia – like the old Pistol Pete head pictured below. Stop by before or after attending an athletic event at OSU or stop by Monday-Friday during business hours.

For more information, see my longer blog post: Heritage Gall at Gallgher Iba Arena

National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Oklahoma State University is known for its wrestling program which has won 34 NCAA Championships. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame is on the North Eastern corner of the Oklahoma State campus. It’s a neat place to visit with a ton of cool history. Don’t forget your camera so you can take a picture on the podium!

For more information, see my longer blog post: National Wrestling Hall of Fame

OSU Museum of Art

The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art is a small art museum in Downtown Stillwater. Exhibits rotate in and out pretty frequently, so there is always something new to see. The historic building that houses the museum is beautiful!

For more information, see my longer blog post: OSU Museum of Art

Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar

The Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar is one of my favorite places to visit in Stillwater. The museum tells the story of the founding of Stillwater and how the town has progressed. There is also rotating exhibits so there’s something new to see each month!

For more information, see my longer blog post: Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar

Dr. Angie Debo Statue at the Stillwater Public Library

Dr. Angie Debo’s statue stands outside of the Stillwater Public Library. She was an amazing historian with a cool story – read more about her in my longer blog post!

For more information, see my longer blog post: Dr. Angie Debo Statue

Historical Markers in Stillwater

There are other historical markers all across Stillwater! I’ll drop the addresses below so you can go find them if you want to!

Last “Boomer” Town (Left) & Land Run Boundary Line (Right)

Fire Station No. 1 (Left) & Captain David Payne Memorial (Right)

Bonus – Transformers

I know the Transformer statues aren’t historical, but they’re fun to see if you’re visiting Stillwater. Bumblebee is on the West side of Stillwater on highway 51 and Optimus Prime is on the East side of Stillwater on highway 51!

Concluding Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed looking through all of these super cool historic sites and museums! Make sure to use this post when you plan your next trip to Stillwater, Oklahoma.

If you have any questions about the places I visited, please feel free to send me a message on my contact page. 

Happy traveling, friend! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂

Museums to Visit in Oklahoma City!

Hey there, welcome to my blog! My name is Kaitlyn and I have a passion for sharing history. I have a master’s degree in American history and write about history class tips and museum adventures.

This post includes some of my favorite museums and historic sites to visit in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. For more information about each individual museum, please click on the blog links at the end of each section. There is a lot more information and links to the museum websites in those posts. Let’s get started!

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. You’ll find Western history, Native American history, art, and so much more in this museum. A few of my favorite galleries include the rodeo gallery, the entertainment gallery, and the military history gallery. There is also a large, educational playground outside that is great for families with kids or cool to just walk around!

For more information, see my longer blog post: National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

First Americans Museum

The First Americans Museum is the newest museum in OKC and talks about Native American history. I learned so much on this trip and hope you’ll go visit!

For more information about this museum, see my longer blog post: First Americans Museum

American Banjo Museum

A banjo museum? Yes, there’s an entire museum dedicated to banjos in Bricktown. There are hundreds of banjos on display and all have a unique story. Many of the instruments have intricate designs which are amazing. Personally, I loved looking at all of the designs on the banjos!

For more information, see my longer blog post: American Banjo Museum

Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum

I LOVE sports. So, I knew I had to pay a visit to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum. It’s right next door to the Chickasaw Brickton Ballpark and even has a deck you can walk out on that overlooks the field. It was so cool!

For more information about sports heroes in Oklahoma, see my longer blog post: Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum

99’s Museum of Women Pilots

Women’s history is one of my absolute favorite topics to study. When I found out about the 99’s Museum of Women Pilots in OKC, I knew I had to go! This museum is located on the grounds of the Will Rogers Airport – so you can see the planes while driving by! This museum even has items that belonged to Amelia Earhart – go check it out!

For more information about female pilots and their history, see my longer blog post: 99’s Museum of Women Pilots

Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum and Memorial

Visiting the Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum and Memorial is a cool experience. I remember going once as a child and seeing all of the firetrucks! As an adult, it’s humbling to walk through the museum and see all of the equipment and learn about the history of firefighting. The Memorial outside the museum is beautiful as well.

For more information, see my longer blog post: Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum

The American Pigeon Museum and Library

The American Pigeon Museum explores the history of pigeons. They also have real pigeons inside the museum and out back!

For more information, see my longer blog post: The American Pigeon Museum

OKC Memorial

For more information, see my longer blog post: (FORTHCOMING, I visited the OKC Memorial and am currently working on my longer blog post. Thank you for being patient.)

OKC Museum of Art

For more information, see my longer blog post: (FORTHCOMING, I am working on writing a blog post about the OKC MOA!)

Concluding Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed looking through all of these super cool historic sites and museums in Oklahoma City! Make sure to use this post when you plan your next trip to OKC because you don’t want to miss out on these cool activities.

If you have any questions about the places I visited, please feel free to send me a message on my contact page.

Happy traveling, friend! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂

Museums and Historic Sites to Visit in Guthrie!

Hey there – Welcome to my blog! My name is Kaitlyn and I love history. I have a master’s degree in American history from Oklahoma State University and love to write about history tips and museum visits! This post includes some of my favorite museums and historic sites to visit in Guthrie. Let’s get started!

*For more information about each individual museum, please click on my blog links at the end of each section! There’s a lot more information and links to the museum websites in those posts!

Oklahoma Territorial Museum

I loved the Oklahoma Territorial Museum! I visited this museum on a mission… I wanted to see Carrie Nation’s hatchet! She was a prominent Prohibitionist with a reputation for smashing saloons. I found the hatchet and it was definitely as cool as I thought it’d be!

The rest of the museum is amazing – it talks about Oklahoma in the territorial days and early statehood. There are so many cool pieces in this collection. I thought both of the flags on display on the second floor were awesome!

For more information, see my longer blog post: Oklahoma Territorial Museum

Carnegie Library

The Carnegie Library was built in 1902 and is now a part of the Oklahoma Territorial Museum. It was almost destroyed, but a prominent citizen stepped in to save the building. Some of the original furniture is still inside – go check it out!

For more information, see my longer blog post: Carnegie Library

State Capital Publishing Museum

For more information, see my longer blog post: (FORTHCOMING!)

Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum

The Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum is a very unique place. As you can see in the photo below, the walls are lined with historic medicines and items you would have found in a drugstore. The volunteers were super friendly and eager to tell you anything that you wanted to know! Make sure you stop in the room on the right of this photo to see the old dentist office set-up!

For more information, see my longer blog post: Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum

Apothecary Garden

The Apothecary Garden is near the Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum. You enter the gardens through the gate below and can see different kinds of plants. It’s a nice place to stroll through!

For more information, see my longer blog post: Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum

Oklahoma Sports Museum

I have always loved sports and thought the Oklahoma Sports Museum was awesome! I think all Oklahoma sports are probably covered in this museum. Make sure to give yourself a few hours to walk though this place because there is so much to take in! The man inside was very kind and told us all kinds of cool stories about Oklahoma sports.

For more information, see my longer blog post: Oklahoma Sports Museum

Guthrie National Bank Building

The Guthrie National Bank Building has a really cool history. I didn’t get to go inside, but the story of the building is worth reading below!

For more information, see my longer blog post: Guthrie National Bank Building

Concluding Thoughts

There is so much history in Guthrie and this post only mentions a few. In addition to the museums and historic sites, there are historic markers all throughout Historic Downtown Guthrie. I didn’t get to see them all and need to go back! When I go back, I will make sure to update this post. In the meantime, I hope this list inspires you when you make a trip to visit Guthrie!

Happy Traveling – I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂

Museums & Historic Sites to Visit in Ponca City!

Hey there – Welcome to my blog! My name is Kaitlyn and I love history. I have a master’s degree in American history and love to write about history tips and museum visits! This post includes some of my favorite museums and historic sites to visit in Ponca City, Oklahoma. So, let’s get started!

*For more information about each individual museum, please click on the blog links at the end of each section. There is a lot more information and links to websites in those posts written about the specific location.

Matzene Art Collection at the Ponca City Library

The Matzene Art Collection at the Ponca City Library is one of those hidden gems in Northern Oklahoma. I stumbled across it when doing some research before visiting Ponca City. There are hundreds of pieces of art in this collection and it is free to view. Make sure to stop by the information desk inside the library and ask for a FREE guide to the collection – it’s amazing.

For more information, see my longer blog post: Matzene Art Collection

Ponca City – City Hall

The Ponca City – City Hall Building is beautiful. This wasn’t on my original list of places to stop, but as I was driving through town I had to know what the building was so I turned around. It’s very close to the Ponca City Library so that was nice! City Hall has an interesting history and I loved all of the statues that were outside. I didn’t go inside, but there is a guide online that talks about the history of the inside of the building which was cool.

For more information, see my longer blog post: Ponca City – City Hall

Marland’s Grand Home

E.W. Marland’s Grand Home is beautiful. There are multiple rooms and many floors to explore. Each level tells part of the Marland story. You can purchase a guide book at the front desk and I’d say it’s worth it!

For more information, see my longer blog post: Marland’s Grand Home

Marland Mansion

The Marland Mansion in Ponca City is magnificent. There are multiple levels and rooms to explore. You can see why it’s called the “Palace on the Prairie” – it’s beautiful! I love the architecture of this building and all of the ornate decorations.

They have guided tours through the mansion, but I chose to walk through on my own. I really want to go back for the guided tour because there are 2 buildings you can walk through with the tour that are not available to the public.

For more information, see my longer blog post: Marland Mansion

Pioneer Woman Museum

I loved the Pioneer Woman Museum and have visited more than once. I study women’s history so this museum is one of my favorites in Oklahoma! I learn something new every time I go 🙂

For more information, see my longer blog post: Pioneer Woman Museum

Poncan Theatre

How beautiful is the outside of the Poncan Theatre?! The architecture on the inside is equally as grand and detailed. I walked through the theatre while it was empty and was able to look at the collection of movie posters from the 30s and 40s. They still play movies and host theatre productions. I need to go back and watch a movie one of these days!

For more information, see my longer blog post: Poncan Theatre


The CONOCO Museum was really cool! The staff was so kind and they took the time to talk with me about the history of the museum and Ponca City in general which was amazing. The museum has all kinds of oil history which I found fascinating. Make sure to watch the video at the beginning before walking through the museum! It’s extremely informative and well-done!

For more information, see my longer blog post: CONOCO Museum

Standing Bear Park & Museum

The Standing Bear Park and Museum is one of those places I felt honored to visit. The staff was very kind and they took time to chat with me about the museum which I always think is amazing. Please go visit this museum and learn about the history of Standing Bear and the local tribes.

The park is beautiful and has more information throughout the walking trails. The statues are beautiful as well. Make sure that you take good walking shoes!

For more information, see my longer blog post: (FORTHCOMING)

Cann Gardens and Estate

The Cann Gardens and Estate are beautiful! The home is simple, yet holds an air of sophistication. I loved the stained glass windows in the stairwell and the pictures on the walls. The gardens are beautiful and the perfect place to have a picnic or spend an afternoon relaxing. Make sure to pack some walking shoes for the trail that winds through the garden.

For more information, see my longer blog post: Cann Gardens and Estate

Concluding Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed looking through all of these super cool historic sites and museums in Ponca City! Make sure to use this post when you plan your next trip to Ponca City because you don’t want to miss out on these cool activities.

If you have any questions about the places I visited, please feel free to send me a message on my contact page.

Happy Traveling, friend! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂

Guthrie National Bank Building: Guthrie, OK

Hey friend! Welcome back to another post! Today, we’re talking about the Guthrie National Bank building in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Currently, this building houses the Bancfirst location in Guthrie. Let’s get started!

*All photos were taken by myself in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Other image attributions are in the caption below the image and in the source section at the end of this post.

Guthrie National Bank History

The Guthrie National Bank was the first brick structure built in the area. It was completed in the summer of 1889 so that it could host the visiting congressional delegation that would arrive in September. According to the OHS Historical Marker website, “the Guthrie National Bank was the first national bank chartered in the either of the twin territories.”

The original structure was removed and replaced with the current one in 1923.

Guthrie National Bank Historical Marker

“Rushed to completion in the summer of 1889, the Guthrie National Bank building was the first brick structure built in what became Oklahoma Territory. It also proudly claimed many other firsts. It was located where J.W. McNeal of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, opened the McNeal-Little bank with his partner, A.W. Little, the afternoon of April 22, 1889. It became, as the Guthrie National Bank, June 14, 1890 the first national bank chartered in either of the twin territories.” (Guthrie National Bank Historic Marker)

“As premier structure in the infant city, the building housed the ‘grand reception’ for the visiting delegation of Congressmen in September, 1889.” (Guthrie National Bank Historic Marker)

“Once finished, the building was crowded with tenants. Besides the bank, it housed Beadle’s shoe store on the west side, ‘Oklahoma Farmer’ newspaper and the Guthrie Club, a booster organization, shared the basement. Territorial Governor Steele in 1890 had an office on the 2nd floor for a few months, until larger quarters were available.” (Guthrie National Bank Historic Marker)

“After consolidating and acquiring various other Guthrie banks, the parent company crowded out its tenants. It became known as the First National Bank of Guthrie in 1912. The present building replaced the first structure in 1923.” (Guthrie National Bank Historic Marker)

Select Newspaper Clippings About the Guthrie National Bank

Organizing the First National Bank in Guthrie

First National Bank Organized – Guthrie Democrat – Guthrie OK – Aug 13 1890 (Page 2)

National Bank Charter

Charter – Guthrie Democrat – Guthrie OK – Aug 13 1890 (Page 7)

Guthrie National Bank Advertisement Examples

Reports on the Condition of the Bank 1890

Concluding Thoughts

I enjoyed visiting the town of Guthrie – it’s full of Oklahoma history. I’m glad that we stumbled on this sign and I was able to get a picture of it. The history behind the building is fascinating. I hope you’ll make a visit to Guthrie and check out the historic markers and buildings all around town!

Happy Traveling! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂


First Street and Oklahoma Avenue in Guthrie, Oklahoma


*Historical Marker Sign in front of the building

OHS Historical Marker Program (Logan County) – Oklahoma Historical Society Website


Ad 1 – Oklahoma State Capital – Guthrie OK – Sept 13 1890 (Page 7)

Ad 2 – Oklahoma State Capital – Guthrie OK – Sept 27 1890 (Page 7)

Charter – Guthrie Democrat – Guthrie OK – Aug 13 1890 (Page 7)

First National Bank Organized – Guthrie Democrat – Guthrie OK – Aug 13 1890 (Page 2)

Report of the Guthrie National Bank – Oklahoma State Capital – Guthrie OK – Aug 2 1890 (Page 4)

Report of Condition – Oklahoma State Capital – Guthrie OK – Oct 11 1890 (Page 7)

Historic Tuton Pharmacy Building: Arcadia, OK

Hey friend – welcome back to another post! Today, we’re talking about the Historic Tuton Pharmacy Building in Arcadia, Oklahoma. This charming building measures 25 by 70 feet and holds a lot of local history. So, set’s get started!

*Photos were taken by myself in Arcadia, Oklahoma at the Round Barn and Tuton Pharmacy Building.

History of the Building

First State Bank of Arcadia

After purchasing the corner lot, the First State Bank of Arcadia commissioned this two -story sandstone building in 1917. The building entrance is a double-arched doorway on the Southeast corner. It is framed by two large arch-shaped windows. Originally, the windows had stone sills and headers as seen in the drawing below, but they were sadly removed at some point…

Drawing of the Tuton Drugstore that hangs inside the Arcadia Round Barn.
Tuton Building (May 2022)
Round Barn Base

The First State Bank didn’t stand out in town – many of the original buildings in Arcadia were built with the locally quarried sandstone. But, this wasn’t a huge issue because the First State Bank of Arcadia didn’t occupy the building for very long… They sold their corner building to Benjamin Tuton and George Blake for $3,400.

FUN FACT! The sandstone rock is the same material used to build the base of the Round Barn

Blake and Tuton’s Pharmacy

Below are some 1909 newspaper clippings that talk about previous locations of The Arcadia Pharmacy buildings. I would imagine the Blake and Tuton Pharmacy would have looked similar on the inside!

In July 1919, Benjamin (B.F.) Tuton and George Blake moved their drugstore into the building. Tuton, a pioneer businessman in Arcadia, and Blake operated the Arcadia Pharmacy for many years. In 1921, Tuton bought Blake’s share of the pharmacy. He and his son, Thomas ran the pharmacy afterwards.

Tuton Pharmacy – The Arcadia News – Apr 23 1909 (Arcadia, OK) (Page3)

This building has withstood the test of time. The pharmacy was the only building that survived the fire which tore through the Arcadia Business District in June 1924. Many say the structure survived because it is made out of the local sandstone rock.

Here are a few advertisements examples from the pharmacy!

Keeping the business in the family, Thomas’ wife, Ethel, operated the drugstore after his death in 1934. She successfully ran the pharmacy until 1941. 

Ole Country Store

After the pharmacy closed, the building stood vacant from 1941 until 1945. In 1945, the building was leased to a grocer. The building became the “John’s Grocery Store” / “Ole Country Store” in 1945 and operated until 1979! 

National Register of Historic Places

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 because the Romanesque Revival architecture style. I seriously love this little building and would LOVE to see the inside one day!

Antique Mall

According to an article I read, Ethel and Thomas Tuton’s daughter operated an antique mall on the first floor of the building for a while.

Realtor & Art Gallery

The Chesrow Brown Real Estate company occupied the building for a few years. In May of 2007, the Chesrow/Cesario Art Gallery opened in the building, but it has since closed down. I am not sure how long the gallery was in operation? If anyone knows, send me a message on my contact page! I’d love to know!


Today, the building is empty and has a for sale sign located out front… It’s such a cool building and I hope someone will buy it and honor its history!

May 2022

Concluding Thoughts

I love this little 2-story building in Arcadia, Oklahoma. It’s tucked away behind the Round Barn on Route 66 so you could easily visit both places in one trip.

The map below is inside the Arcadia Round Barn and it shows all of the historic buildings in town with a short description. Scroll through the gallery for closer images. Maybe you’ll find another historic treasure!

I encourage you to look up the local history of the towns you visit – you never know what you might discover!

Happy Traveling! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂


201 N. Main Street

Arcadia, OK


“First State Bank of Arcadia – Arcadia, OK,” waymarking.com

“History,” Town of Arcadia – Website

Town of Arcadia – Website

“Tuton’s Drugstore Building, Arcadia, OK,” route66times.com


Mrs. Blake running the drugstore for a day – The Arcadia Gazette – Arcadia OK – Aug 1 1912 (Page 1)

Blake & Tuton new awning / soda fountain – The Arcadia News – Arcadia OK – Apr 30 1909 (Page 6)

Blake & Tuton New Building Construction south of the hardware store – The Arcadia News – Arcadia OK – Mar 19 1909 (Page 8)

Blake & Tuton moved buildings in 1909 – The Arcadia News – Arcadia OK – Apr 9 1909 (Page 5)

Ad 2 – The Arcadia Star – Arcadia OK – March 8 1906 (Page 1)

Ad 1 – The Arcadia Star – Arcadia, OK – March 8 1906 (Page 1)

Arcadia Pharmacy – CD Blake – The Arcadia Star (Arcadia, OK) – May 27, 1904 (Page 5)

Tuton Pharmacy – The Arcadia News – Apr 23 1909 (Arcadia, OK) (Page3)

Historical Markers in Stillwater, OK

Hey friend! Welcome back to another post. Today, we’re talking about historical markers in Stillwater, OK. I talked my sister into helping me find some of these signs and we had a lot of un!

*All photos in this post were taken by myself in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Historical Markers in this Post:

  • David L. Payne Memorial
  • Stillwater Fire Station No. 1
  • Oklahoma A&M College
  • Last “Boomer” Town
  • Boundary Line
  • See “Concluding Thoughts” for my blog posts about more historical sites and museums you should check out in Stillwater, OK!

David L. Payne Memorial

VISIT: Boomer Lake Park at Washington Street and Lakeview in Stillwater. (Diagonal from the gas station)

Monument for Capt. David L. Payne. He was responsible for the Oklahoma Boomer movement in 1879 which eventually led to the Land Run on April 22, 1889 for the “Unassigned Lands.” Did you know Payne County in Oklahoma was named for him?

Stillwater Fire Station No. 1

VISIT: 120 E 9th Ave, Stillwater, OK 74074

TRAVEL TIP: This historical marker sits right outside of Balanced Coffee which happens to be one of my favorite coffee shops to visit when I’m in Stillwater! The atmosphere is really nice and everyone is so friendly!

“In the early 1930s, an innovative and motivated group of men led by Stillwater Fire Chief J. Ray Pence met and discussed the lack of quality fire service training and materials in the United States, particularly in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. In July 1934, a group of educators and fire service leaders met in this building to draft a series of training manuals to be published ‘as economically as possible while providing thorough and valid information about fire fighting.’ The manuals were subsequently published and distributed by Oklahoma A & M College (Oklahoma State University).”

“This initial meeting and subsequent meetings continuing on a yearly basis, launched what would become the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). Headquartered at Oklahoma State University, IFSTA is the world’s largest publisher of fire training materials. This nonprofit, volunteer organization, with participants from around the world, continues to grow while maintaining an awareness of its founders and those who contributed to its growth and success. The contributions of Chief J. Ray Pence, Professor W. Fred Heisler, and Professor R.J. Douglas will always be remembered.”

“IFTSA and the fire-related academic, extension, and research efforts of the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology were all products of these insightful leaders as they met and worked in this historic place.”

“Erected and dedicated this 23th day of July, 1997, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Stillwater Fire Department. Erected by the International Fire Service Training Association, Oklahoma State University Fire Service Programs, and the City of Stillwater Fire Department.” (Stillwater Fire Station No. 1 Historical Marker Sign)

Oklahoma A&M College

VISIT: South Main Street, near south edge of Stillwater. Next to Last “Boomer” Town Historical Marker.

“Serves the State by instruction, experimentation and extension service. Established Dec. 25, 1890, by First Legislative Assembly of Oklahoma Ter. Prairie broken for experimental farm, 1891. ‘Old Central’ dedicated, 1894. Extension division established, 1915.” (Oklahoma A and M College Historical Marker Sign)

Last “Boomer” Town

VISIT: South Main Street, near south edge of Stillwater. Next to Oklahoma A & M Historical Marker.

About 3/4 mi. east

“Here 300 armed ‘boomers’ made their last stand for settlement of the Oklahoma country led by Wm. L. Couch; and surrendered to U.S. Cavalry troops commanded by Col. E. Hatch, Jan. 26, 1885. On this site, the ‘boomers’ had built log cabins and dugouts for their town of Stillwater founded by them on Dec. 12, 1884.” (Last “Boomer” Town Historical Marker Sign)

Boundary Line

VISIT: Intersection of Ranch Street and Washington Avenue in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

1889 and 1893

“On April 22, 1889, the Run for land south in Old Oklahoma began on this line, by Proclamation of Pres. Benj. Harrison. Also, on Sept. 16, 1893, the Run for land north in the Cherokee Outlet began on this line, by Proclamation of Pres. Cleveland. At Booth No. 1, site 3/4 mi. east, thousands registered for the Run in 1893.” (Boundary Line Historical Marker Sign)

Concluding Thoughts

It took me several trips, but I think I finally found all of the historical marker signs in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It was super fun trying to track them all down! I hope you learned something new in this post and are inspired to go find some historical markers near you!

Happy Traveling! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂

If you are interested in more Stillwater history, historic sites, or museums check out my other blog posts:


*Historical Markers in Stillwater, Oklahoma

OHS Historical Marker Program (Payne County) – Oklahoma Historical Society Website

Dr. Angie Debo Statue: Stillwater, OK

Hey friends! Welcome back to another post! Today, we’re talking about the life of Dr. Angie Debo. She was a pioneering historian and is widely remembered across the state of Oklahoma. Dr. Angie Debo wrote nine books, “edited three, co-authored another, wrote many chapters, articles, and forwards, and presented numerous papers on Native Americans and Oklahoma history.” (Angie Debo Sculpture Project) Let’s get started!

*All photos in this post were taken by myself at the Stillwater Public Library and the Edmon Low Library at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Dr. Angie Debo’s Story

Born on January 30, 1890, Angie Debo spent the first decade of her life in Beattie, Kansas. In November 1899, her family moved to Marshall, Oklahoma Territory. She graduated from Marshall High School in 1913 and taught in local schools from 1913-1915. She then went on to attend the University of Oklahoma (OU) from 1915-1918, graduating from OU in 1918 with a history degree.

After graduation, Debo was the principal at the Village School in Enid from 1918-1919. She then taught for four years at Senior High School in Enid, Oklahoma. Debo soon returned to school and completed her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago in 1924. She published her master’s thesis, “The Historical Background of the American Policy of Isolation (1924).” It was co-authored by J. Fred Rippy.

Debo returned to teaching at West Texas State Teachers College in Canyon, Texas from 1924-1933. She also taught in local high schools associated with the college. Debo began working on her doctoral degree while teaching at West Texas Teachers College through the University of Oklahoma. Debo finished her Doctorate Degree from the University of Oklahoma OU) in 1933. Debo’s dissertation was titled, “History of the Choctaw Nation: From the Close of the Civil War to the End of the Tribal Period” and was later published as a book titled, “The Rise and Fall of the Choctaw Republic” in 1934. Dr. Debo’s book won the John H. Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association in 1935.

Next, Dr. Debo was the curator of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas for a year (1933-1934). At the end of 1934, Debo moved back home to Marshall, Oklahoma. From 1937-1939, she received a grant from the Social Science Research Council to research and write “The Road to Disappearance.”

In 1937, Dr. Debo helped edit and conduct interviews fro the WPA Indian-Pioneer Project which would late become the Indian Pioneer Papers. From 1940-1941, she was responsible for supervising the Federal Writers Project in Oklahoma.

Dr. Debo published “And Still the Water Runs” in 1940. In 1941, she published “The Road to Disappearance” and “Oklahoma: A Guide to the Sooner.” In 1943, she published “Tulsa: From Creek Town to Oil Capital.” She published her only work of fiction in 1944, “Prairie City, the Story of an American Community.”

Dr. Debo taught summer school at Oklahoma A&M in 1946. She was also a Rockefeller Fellow at the University of Oklahoma (OU) from 1946-1947. She published “Oklahoma, Foot-Loose and Fancy-Free” with some of her funding from the Rockefeller Fellowship.

Dr. Debo was a busy lady in the late forties and fifties. From 1947-1955, she was the curator of maps at Oklahoma A&M (present-day Oklahoma State University). She wrote a column for the Oklahoma City Times titled “This Week in Oklahoma History” from 1952-1954. She was also a book reviewer for the New York Times from 1952-1961. Dr. Debo published “The Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma: Report on Social and Economic Conditions” in 1951. Dr. Debo retired from curating maps at OSU in 1955, but continued researching, writing, traveling, and advocating for Native American rights. Dr. Debo wasn’t done teaching though, and taught Oklahoma History at OSU from 1957-1958.

Dr. Debo published “Geronimo: The Man, His Time, His Place” in 1976. This book won a few awards including the Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Association of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. For more information about the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, click HERE!

Dr. Angie Debo was interviewed for an Oral History Project at Oklahoma State University from 1981-1985. The oral history and transcript are linked in the sources section at the end of this post if you are interested in listening to it. Dr. Angie Debo passed away on February 21, 1988. She is buried in North Cemetery in Marshall, Oklahoma.

Dr. Angie Debo Statue

There is a statue of Dr. Angie Debo in front of the Stillwater Public Library! The contest for the sculpture required artists to submit a design that would “evoke a combination of libraries, reading, Stillwater, and/or Oklahoma.” (Angie Debo Sculpture Project) Eleven artists submitted 16 proposals, and the winning design of Dr. Angie Debo was submitted by Phyllis Mantik.

At the time of the contest, there were no known statues of Dr. Angie Debo anywhere in the United States. So, this statue was a big deal for Oklahoma! Mantik’s design for the statue included the tribal seals of the Indigenous tribes of Oklahoma along the bottom of the base. Watch the video below to see the base in its entirety.

The Stillwater Public Library Trust received several donations for the sculpture. In total, $63,000 was raised from multiple people and communities. The sculpture of Dr. Angie Debo was the first sculpture on City property in Stillwater!

The statue of Dr. Angie Debo was unveiled on November 18, 2010 at a ceremony attended by over 200 people. Notable guests included Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis and Oklahoma City University & Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby.

RESEARCH TIP: The speeches, programs, and memoranda items can be found in the Oklahoma State University Archives. I have linked the OSU Archives HERE.

“I chose to show Angie Debo as a young woman to focus on her character and highlight that at an early age she chose the life of a scholar rather than what was expected for a woman of her time.”

Phyllis Mantik
(Angie Debo Sculpture Project)

Concluding Thoughts

The Dr. Angie Debo statue is an inspiring place to visit in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Dr. Debo’s story can be an inspiration to us all and I am glad I got to visit the Stillwater Public library and see the statue. I hope you’ll go see it if you’re ever in Stillwater!

Happy Traveling! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂


1107 S Duck St

Stillwater, OK 74074


Statue Information

“Angie Debo Sculpture Project,” Stillwater Public Library.

Dedication of Angie Debo Statue, Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater, Oklahoma Collection, Oklahoma State University Archives, Oklahoma State University Libraries. https://archivesspace.library.okstate.edu/repositories/3/resources/1337.

Chelcey Adami, “Scholar and Activist Angie Debo to be Commemorated in Sculpture,” Stillwater News Press (Stillwater, Oklahoma), March 5, 2010.

Lynda, “Angie Debo,” Stillwater Public Library Blog, December 27, 2010.

Biographical Information

Patricia Loughlin, “Debo, Angie Elbertha,” The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, https://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry?entry=DE002.

Angie Debo – Center for Great Plains Studies (University of Nebraska – Lincoln)

Angie Debo Biographical and Archival Information – Oklahoma State University Edmon Low Library

Biography of Angie Debo – OSU Library

Chronology of Angie Debo’s Life – OSU Library

Oral History with Angie Debo – OSU Library

The Angie Debo Collection at the OSU Library – OSU Library

The American Pigeon Museum: Oklahoma City, OK

Hey friend! Welcome back to another post! Today, we are talking about the American Pigeon Museum located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Did you know that 32 pigeons received the Dickin Medal of Honor during World War II? Keep reading to learn more about this award and the museum that explains the history and importance of pigeons. Let’s get started!

*All photos were taken at the American Pigeon Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Museum History

The American Homing Pigeon Institute (AHPI) was founded in 1973 as a way to honor pigeons and their legacy. It would later be renamed the American Pigeon Museum and Library (APM&L). The land the museum sits on was purchased in 1993. A new building was built on the property in 2013 to house the museum – it’s a larger building which has allowed more of the collection to be placed on display. The collection is pretty impressive if you ask me!


Pigeon History Around the World

The first recorded image of a pigeon dates back to 3000 BC in Iraq – that’s a long time ago! Fast forward a few years to 1600 AD and pigeons were being transported to other countries. In 1606, French settlers brought the Rock Dove to Port Royal, Nova Scotia introducing the bird to the New World. (1600-1900 AD Information Sign in the Museum) Fast forward another 2 centuries and there are several recordings of pigeons in the nineteenth century.

Pigeons in War

The War History exhibit was my favorite exhibit at this museum. It was really interesting to see how pigeons were used in various wars. The World War II section explained how pigeons were used to transport messages. Pigeons have also been used by the Coast Guard to deliver messages!

World War I

World War I began in 1914 and the United States joined the war in April 1917. By July 1917, General John J. Pershing was sending cablegrams asking for two pigeon specialists and 12 enlisted experts. He also wanted to purchase 500 pairs of Homing Pigeons for breeding. He asked for an additional 1,000 pigeons that had been hatched in that year to be sent to the American Army in France. The pigeons were successful in delivering their messages 95% of the time! “The most famous pigeons used by the Allied Forces at this time were The Mocker, President Wilson, Spike, Big Tom, Colonel’s Lady, Kaiser, and Cher Ami to name a few.” (World War I Information Sign in the Museum)

World War II

Pigeons were once again used in World War II. Read the stories of Otto Meyer and Maria Dickin to learn more about their roles with the pigeons in the war effort.

Otto Meyer

Otto Meyer (1905-1991) was an US Army Major during World War II. He was put in charge of the US Army’s world-wide pigeon breeding and training program. Meyer was soon promoted to Commander of the US Army Pigeon Service Agency. He oversaw 3,000 soldiers and 54,000 pigeons!

His favorite pigeon was named Kaiser who lived to be 32 years old. Kaiser served in both World War I and World War II. G.I. Joe was another one of Meyer’s pigeons. He received the Dickin Medal of Honor for saving 1,000 Allied troops by delivering a message in time for them to move.

Otto Meyer continued working with pigeons after WWII. He was the civilian technical advisor of the Signal Corps pigeon breeding and training program. (Otto Meyer Information Sign in the Museum)

Maria Dickin & the Dickin Medal of Honor

Maria Dickin (Sept. 22, 1870 – Jan. 3, 1951) was upset after witnessing the plight of sick animals in East London during World War II. She established the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA). Later, she created the Dickin Medal to recognize the service of animals during WWII. Dickin said the animals had to have demonstrated “conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving or associated with any branch of the Armed Forces or Civil Defence Units.” (Maria Dickin Case in the Museum)

From 1943-1949, 54 Dickin Medals were awarded to animals for their service in WWII. Among the recipients were 32 pigeons, 18 dogs, 3 horses, and 1 cat. The pigeons received the award for delivering messages!

Maria Dickin & the Dickin Medal of Honor

Pigeon Racing

Pigeon racing began around 1875 in the United States and many people still participate today. The sport is especially popular in New York and New Jersey, but it must be noted that pigeon racing takes place in multiple countries around the world.

Pigeon racing is a sport where Racing Homer pigeons are taken to a certain location and then they are released to return home. They will travel 60-600 miles in a given race. The pigeons are specifically trained for these kind of races. The judges measure the bird’s rate of travel to determine the winner. In modern races the pigeons are tracked using a RFID tag to record arrival time. In traditional races, the pigeons were labeled with a rubber ring with an identification number and a special racing clock was utilized. The bird’s rubber ring was placed in the clock to signify when it arrived at the end of the race. “From this timestamp an average speed is measured and a winner of the race can be found.” (Pigeon Racing Information Plaque in the Museum)

Real Pigeons!

How do you tell what kind of pigeon it is that you’re looking at? The Homing & Fancy Pigeon exhibit illustrates the differences between the two breeds of pigeons. To view the “Breeds of Pigeons” Gallery – CLICK HERE!

So, I know I talked about my favorite exhibit earlier in this post, but I have to highlight another awesome feature of this museum. There are REAL, LIVING pigeons in the museum. The pigeons pictured below are kept outside behind the museum and you have to go out the back doors to have access. There were also pigeons inside the museum in a bird cage by the front desk. I liked being able to see the different types of pigeons and their multi-colored feather patterns.

GRAPHIC PHOTO WARNING FOR GALLERY BELOW: Pictured in this gallery are images of pigeon dissections, a pigeon skeleton, feather diagram, and a real preserved pigeon. If you don’t want to see a preserved pigeon then don’t scroll through the gallery below – it is the last picture (#6) in the gallery. The pigeon skeleton photos are (#4) and (#5).

Passenger Pigeons – A Tragic Ending

The Passenger Pigeon is a tragic example of what can happen when species are not taken care of properly. The Passenger Pigeons suffered from habitat loss and hunting. “The last confirmed sighting of wild passenger pigeons occurred at Laurel, Indiana on April 3, 1902, Thirty years earlier, it had been the most abundant bird on the continent. But hunting wiped out the wild flocks by the 1890s, and the few wild survivors couldn’t reestablish the communal lifestyle they needed to survive.” (Going, Going, Gone Information Plaque in the Museum) Some scientists estimate that 3-5 billion passenger pigeons may have been alive when Europeans initially came to America.

Martha – the last Passenger Pigeon in captivity – died at the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914 at 1 pm at the age of 29. The Cincinnati Zoo donated her body to the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian mounted the bird and placed her on display.

Research Library

The American Pigeon Museum has a dedicated space for a research library. There are lots of different books and records you can look at. You can walk right into the space without making an appointment.

The American Pigeon Museum and Library also has a cool section on their website with articles about pigeons and their history. I have linked it HERE!

Concluding Thoughts

The American Pigeon Museum was a cool museum to visit! I didn’t really know a lot about the history of pigeons before visiting the museum and I definitely learned a lot on this trip. I hope you’ll go check this museum out and see the pigeons!

Happy traveling! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂

TRAVEL TIP: This museum is super close to a lot of other museums in OKC! Make sure to check out the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Science Museum, OKC Zoo, Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum, and more in the area!


2300 N.E. 63rd St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

TRAVEL TIP: Museum admission is free!


The American Pigeon Museum – Website

Breeds of Pigeons Gallery

Information Signs in the Museum Galleries – specific signs labeled within the post when used

Old Central @ OSU: Stillwater, OK

Hey friends! Welcome back to another post – today, we’re talking about historic Old Central and the Oklahoma Museum of Higher Education in Stillwater, Oklahoma. For those of you who don’t know or are new around here, I am a 2-time Oklahoma State University alum. For undergrad, I was a member of the Honors College at OSU and spent some time in Old Central. I had a couple of classes in the basement of the building and my honors advisor’s office was on the first floor! I loved this building and am super excited to write about it today! Let’s get started!

FUN FACT! To see a collection of old Oklahoma State logos click HERE. I LOVE all of them so please don’t ask me to pick a favorite…

History of Old Central

The Morrill Act allowed Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (OAMC) to be founded on the Christmas Day, December 25, 1890. Oklahoma Territorial Governor George W. Steele signed the legislation for the college and agricultural experiment station in Payne County. 200-acres in Stillwater was selected because of the variety of soils for agricultural experimentation. Four homesteaders contributed portions of their land to make the campus. Frank E. Duck and Alfred N. Jarrell were paid to give the southern portion of the campus. Charles A. Vreeland and Oscar M. Morse were paid to give the northern portion of the campus. These four families took land from their homesteads to make the campus possible. The people of Stillwater helped clear the 200-acre tract of tall grass prairie grasses. They did this with a horse and plow and could only complete a few acres a day. This project took months to complete. Temporary buildings were raised for the campus! Keep reading to learn about Old Central – the first permanent building on campus.

James C. Neal was the first director of the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station on the OAMC campus in 1891. Robert J. Barker was the first President of Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College from 1891-1894.

RESEARCH TIP: To view an interactive OSU timeline click HERE. I found this website to be very helpful when researching this post!

The people of Stillwater decided that OAMC needed a permanent building for classes. In 1893, construction began thanks to $10,000 worth of bonds. “The bonds were not only the first issued by Stillwater, but also the first by any municipality in Oklahoma successfully paid at maturity without refinancing.” (OSU Timeline) In total, the building cost $25,000 to complete.

Old Central was made out of sandstone and brick masonry. The heating and cooling system installed in the building was very modern for the time. Old Central was dedicated on June 15, 1894 as the first permanent building at Oklahoma A&M! Students were allowed to use the building beginning in September 1894.

It was originally called ‘College Building’ or ‘(Old) Central Building.’ The local townspeople called the building ‘Stillwater’s Pride.’ (OSU Timeline) The new building housed a chemistry lab, administration offices, classrooms, a large assembly room, and the night watchman’s room. There was also a library which contained 1,600 volumes inside!

In 1914, stabilizing tie-rods were installed to help with the building’s unstable foundation. Soon, more cracks in the walls appeared and the building was deemed unsafe. Old Central was condemned in 1921, but the building was saved in 1928 by Henry G. Bennett. Bennett’s mission to save the building refurbish and restore the structure. Bennett passed away in 1951 and the next President of OSU wanted to destroy the building… But a group of faculty and alumni didn’t let this happen!

More renovations to Old Central began in 1962, but it wasn’t enough. The building was discontinued from use by the university in September 1969. By 1970, the Old Central Committee and Oklahoma Historical Society entered negotiations for preserving the building. The groups decided that making the building into a museum would be the best way to preserve it for future generations to admire. So, the Museum of Higher Education was established.

Old Central has withstood the test of time, it survived “three fires, a tornado, and repeated threats of demolition.” (Spurrier and Roark, 118). Historic Old Central was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 27, 1971 – scroll through the gallery below to see a picture of the certificate! From 1971-1983, Old Central was restored once again.

The Oklahoma Historical Society had an office located in Old Central for the next 3 decades. Their next restoration project began in October 2007. For more information about the restoration process, see the Spurrier and Roark’s article linked at the end of this post! The restoration process took 2 years and cost $6.7 million “to overcome the challenges involved in brining a nineteenth-century building up to twenty-first-century standards.” (Spurrier and Roark, 120-121)

After the renovations, the Honors College at Oklahoma State University moved into Old Central in 2009. It is still the home of the Honors College at the time of this post in June 2022!

Swipe through the gallery below to see Old Central through the various seasons! Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter – we love Old Central in all its glory 🙂

Inside Old Central

First Floor

“The original 1894 bell hangs in the belfry, complete with its original clapper, and although according to tradition students once rang the bell for hours after football victories, hairline cracks now limit its ringing to special occasions such as honors college award ceremonies and visits by prospective students, families, and alumni.” (Spurrier and Roark, 121)

This display case is located on the First Floor of Old Central outside of the Honors College advising offices. For a closer view of its contents, please scroll up to the section about the History of Old Central for more images.

Staircase – South Side

The Watchman’s Room was located in this area. Dormitories didn’t appear on the OAMC campus until 1910. Prior to this many of the students stayed at local boarding houses which cost $2.50 to $5.00 per week. A single male student was allowed to live in Old Central if he acted as the night-watchman and janitor. Francis M. Greriner and Clarence H. McElroy were the first two students to hold the position.

Stairs & Assembly Hall on the Second Floor

The Assembly Hall has had many uses over the years including classroom spaces, ceremonies, and meeting spaces. Today, the large lecture hall seats approximately 120 people. It is a beautiful space. While researching this post, I read that the Honors Hooding ceremony used to take place there. I guess the Honors College had grown since that article was published because my ceremony was held in the Student Union. I also read that some of the first graduation ceremonies at OAMC took place in the Assembly Hall! That’s so cool!


The basement of Old Central now houses a classroom, computer lab, and restrooms. I took classes in the basement of Old Central when I was a student at Oklahoma State University. It’s a cool space! You can see the door on the left side of the picture that leads to the classroom.

Concluding Thoughts

I love historic Old Central! This building is so special to Oklahoma State University history and Payne County history. It was really cool to be a student and attend classes in the basement and to ring the original bell clapper after I received my Honors Hood for graduation. I love this building and my alma mater. I hope you’ll go visit Oklahoma State University and Old Central. Ever you’ll find us loyal and true!

Happy Traveling! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂


Old Central

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK 74075

TRAVEL TIP: Old Central is behind the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center. It’s also very close to Hideaway Pizza and the Fire Station.


*Information from various plaques and information sheets in Old Central used. I have included pictures above within the post.


Spurrier, Robert and Roark, Jessica, “Where Honors Lives: Old Central at Oklahoma State University” (2015). Chapters from NCHC Monographs Series. 23.


Leroy H. Fischer, Historic Old Central – Centennial Histories Series (Stillwater: Oklahoma State University, 1988).


“Old Central at OSU” – Visit Stillwater Website

“Old Central Collection” – Oklahoma State University Website

“History” – Oklahoma State University Website

“Timeline” – Oklahoma State University Website

Philip Reed Rulon, “Oklahoma State University,” The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture.

First Americans Museum: Oklahoma City, OK

Hey friend – welcome back to another post! Today, we’re talking about the new First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City! The facility is beautiful and there is so much history inside. Let’s go look around!

*All photos used in this post were taken at the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City.

Museum History

The First Americans Museum is a partnership between the State of Oklahoma and The City of Oklahoma City. A Chickasaw Nation subsidiary, the American Indian Cultural Center Foundation, and many donors have also helped make this museum a reality. The architects of the museum were Johnson Fain Architects: Master Planning and Building Concepts, Los Angeles and Hornbeek, Blatt Architects, Co-Prime, Edmond.

The First Americans Museum opened in 2021 and is 175,000 square feet! The building aligns with the cardinal directions which is significant during the winter and summer solstices and the spring and autumnal equinox. (FAM Website, FAQ Page)

The First Americans Museum Mission statement is “To serve as a dynamic center promoting awareness and educating the broader public about the unique cultures, diversity, history, contributions, and resilience of the First American Nations in Oklahoma today.” (FAM Website, About Page) The Museum believes in four core values: respect, reciprocity, relationships, and responsibility.

Indigenous History in Oklahoma

Many of the 39 nations which call Oklahoma home today were forcibly removed to the area throughout the Nineteenth Century. Though a few tribes were originally from the area.

Oklahoma became the 46th state to enter the Union in 1907. The word ‘Oklahoma’ combines two Choctaw words ‘Okla’ and ‘Homma’ which means ‘Red People.’ There are 12 linguistic families spoken in Oklahoma: Algonquian, Athapascan, Caddoan, Iroquoian, Tanoan, Muskogean, Penutian, Jiwere (Siouan), Dhegiha (Siouan), Tonkawan, Uchean, Uto-Aztecan. (FAM Website, FAQ Page)

The following 39 nations live in Oklahoma today: Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, Caddo Nation, Cherokee Nation, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Comanche Nation, Delaware Nation, Delaware Tribe of Indians, Eastern Shawnee Tribe, Euchee (Yuchi) Tribe of Indians, Fort Sill Apache Tribe, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Kaw Nation of Oklahoma, Kialegee Tribal Town, Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, Kiowa Tribe, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Modoc Tribe, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Osage Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Ottawa Tribe, Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, Sac & Fox Nation, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Seneca-Cayuga Tribe, Shawnee Tribe, Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Tonkawa Tribe, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, Wyandotte Nation. (FAM Website, FAQ Page)

For a map of the 39 nations, please click on this link HERE.

TRAVEL TIP: Tribal Gallery Guides are linked HERE. The First Americans Museum website has PDF documents with consultation lists and specific interpretive items and cultural materials from each tribe.

Terms Defined

The First Americans Museum had the following terms defined on a display. I thought this was very helpful, especially if you are not familiar with Indigenous histories.

Museum Exhibits

There are three main exhibit halls in the First Americans Museum. Two are located on the first floor and the third is located on the second floor. OKLA HOMMA and Of the Earth: Creating First Americans Museum are located on the first floor. WINIKO: Life of an Object is located on the second floor.


The OKLA HOMMA exhibit is in the Tribal Nations Gallery on the first floor and covers 18,000 square feet. This gallery tells the stories of the 39 culturally distinct nations living in Oklahoma today. This space utilizes art, film, interactive media, and a large map on the floor. The gallery discusses origin stories, collective histories, (mis)representation, sports, warriors, and so much more. The museum worked with 39 tribes for over a decade to ensure that everything is accurate.

Pictured below are a few pieces and displays within the exhibit. There is so much more to read and look at in this space. I was very disappointed my memory card filled up half-way through this space… Please go visit this museum to see the rest of the displays!

WINIKO: Life of an Object

Winiko: Life of an Object is from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. According to the brochure, the objects offer “an opportunity to understand the importance of the creation collection and continued relevance of cultural materials today.” (FAM Brochure) This collection contains clothing, drums, and more. I did not take pictures in this space, but encourage you to go check it out!

Of the Earth: Creating First Americans Museum

This exhibit illustrates how the First Americans Museum came to be. There are blueprints and mini-models in the collection. The architectural significance is also explained which I thought was very interesting!

First Americans Museum Timeline

  • 1994: Legislation Created Museum Agency
  • 1994-2006: Site Remediation
  • 2005: Ground Blessing
  • 2008: Mound and Remembrance Walls Constructed
  • 2010: Hall of People Constructed
  • 2013-2016
  • 2017: New Horizons
  • 2021: Site Completion

Concluding Thoughts

I loved this museum – walking through the halls was an honor. I learned so much and plan to go back in the future. You should plan to spend at least a few hours in this museum. We read many of the signs, but didn’t have time to sit and listen to the videos and oral histories on this trip. On my next visit, I plan to sit and listen to everything. The small theater spaces were amazing and there is also a large theater included in museum admission – so be sure to keep that in mind when visiting. Please go check this museum out and take time to learn the history of the First Americans.

Happy Traveling! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂


659 First Americans Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73129

TRAVEL TIP: The Thirty Nine Restaurant and Arbor Cafe are located in the museum. Check the First Americans Museum website for restaurant hours and menus. Many of the dishes include “Native ingredients” and several “tribally-specific dishes” are served.


First Americans Museum – Website

First Americans Museum Website – About Us Page

First Americans Museum Website – FAQ Page

Tribal Gallery Guides – FAM Website

City Hall: Ponca City, OK

Hey friend! Welcome back to another post! Today, we’re talking about the beautiful city hall building in Ponca City, Oklahoma. While visiting some other historic sites and museums in the area, I drove past this building and had to turn around. I got out of my car, walked around the outside, and took some photos. Let’s go explore the history of the building!

History of Ponca City

Ponca City was founded in the mid-1890s during the Oklahoma Land Run for the Cherokee Strip on September 16, 1893. The founder and first Mayor of Ponca City – B.S. Barnes – was a smart man. He chose the area before the Land Run because of the available water supply, its access to the railroad, and there was a river crossing. Barnes created the “Ponca Townsite Company” in hopes of bringing people to the area. He “sold $2 chances on lots of the settlers gathered to make the land run.” (Informational Plaque about B.S. Barnes outside City Hall)

Barnes was a determined man. He discovered that the US Government had plotted town Northwest of Ponca City for the railroad to stop – this town was called Cross. But, Barnes did not like this at all and he took a few friends and under the cover of darkness they “moved the Cross depot to Ponca City.” (Informational Plaque about B.S. Barnes outside City Hall) Needless to say, the train stopped at Ponca City.

B.S. Barnes was a strong leader who led Ponca City to many of its early successes. “The citizens always had confidence in his ability and integrity and , five days after the run, they elected him as their first mayor.” (Informational Plaque about B.S. Barnes outside City Hall)

RESEARCH TIPS: For more Land Run history, see my posts about the Oklahoma Territorial Museum, the Edmond Historical Society Museum, and the Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum.

Now that we’ve talked a little bit about the founding of Ponca City, let’s talk more about the history of the City Hall Building itself! It’s pretty cool!

City Hall Building History

Mayor W.H. McFadden proposed a bond election in February 1916 of $20,000 to build a new convention hall in Ponca City. This bond passed and an additional $25,000 bond was passed in December 1916. The building was designed by architect, Solomon Andrew Layton in 1916 in the Spanish Colonial Style. It was built by Layton and Smith – who also happened to design to the State Capitol Building. Ponca City local – O.F. Keck – was hired as the contractor. “The contract was let for $38,000.” (Ponca City Website – FAQs “When was the current City Hall building first constructed?”) The new auditorium opened on November 14, 1917 with a showing of “Experience,” a Broadway musical play.

FUN FACT! Many of the other buildings in Ponca City are also built in the Spanish Colonial style – just take drive around town and look!

Mayor P.B. Lowrance and the architecture firm of Layton, Smith, and Forsythe helped plan the addition of East and West wings to the facility. A bond issue worth $75,000 was passed in November 1922 for the project. Based in Oklahoma City, the Holmboc Company was awarded the contract for $135,000. Two years later, the Board of Commissioners held their first meeting in the new facility on March 20, 1924. The new East and West wings housed city offices, the police station, and fire station. The expanded center was renamed to the “Civic Center.” These three buildings were separate pieces and wouldn’t be connected for nearly eight decades!

The Civic Auditorium was closed in 1992 because it was deemed a fire hazard by the Ponca City Fire Marshall. The city offices were located in the East and the West wing housed Fire Station No. 1. These areas were deemed safe and were allowed to remain open. A few years later in 1997, the citizens of Ponca City passed a 2-year sales tax that allowed for much needed renovations to be made on Fire Station No. 1 in the West Wing.

After the fire station was renovated, the citizens of Ponca City passed a 3-years sales tax to renovate the rest of the city hall complex. The new complex was designed and renovated by Lewis Associates Architects of Ponca City. They completed the project in 2003 and the building looks stunning!

TRAVEL TIP: Here is a link to a self-guided tour of the inside and outside of the building.

Centennial Plaza

The Centennial Plaza is located in front of City Hall! There are several sculptures, memorials, and plaques that honor various aspects of Ponca City’s rich history. I have included few photos below and hope you enjoy them, but make sure to stop by and see them yourself!

Centennial Monument

The Centennial Monument was created by artist Jo Saylors to commemorate the Land Run. The Land Run took place on September 16, 1893. A century later in 1993, the citizens of Ponca City were given an opportunity to purchase a brick with their name on it to “stake their claim” as a portion of Ponca City’s history. Thousands of people purchased a brick to “stake their claim” – 6,527 people to be exact.

The plaque on the bottom of the Centennial Monument reads: “These 100 donors present this centennial bronze by Jo Saylors in commemoration of the Cherokee Strip Land Run September 16, 1893. Dedicated September 16, 1993.”

Lew Wentz Statue

Jo Saylors also created a sculpture of Lewis Hanes (Lew) Wentz that is on display at City Hall. Lew Wentz (1872-1949) was a wealthy oilman and philanthropist who “always gave.” (Wentz Statue Plaque) This sculpture was a gift from a group of citizens of Ponca City who wanted to honor the memory of Wentz.

The plaque on the bottom gives a lot of valuable information about Wentz’s projects in Ponca City. He was a donor for the Wentz Camp, Wentz Pool, and Wentz Municipal Golf Course. Wentz was a founder for The Society for Crippled Children, the University of Oklahoma Student Loan Fund, and the Oklahoma State University Student Loan Fund.

E.W. Marland Statue

Jo Davidson was commissioned by E.W. Marland (1874-1941) to create the statue of himself. The statue originally sat on the grounds of the Marland estate. Marland loved the arts, especially sculpture. Marland’s widow, Lydie Marland donated the statue to Ponca City in 1951 and it now sits on the southwest corner of City Hall’s lawn.

The bottom of the E.W. Marland statue lists his major accomplishments as the following:

  • Pioneer Oil Developer
  • Philanthropist and Humanitarian
  • Leader in developing the economy, culture, and beauty of Ponca City
  • Donor of Pioneer Woman Statue
  • Governor of Oklahoma
  • United States Congressman

For more information about E.W. Marland, oil history, and the Marland estates check out the following two posts: The Marland’s Grand Home and The Marland Mansion.

Ponca City Memorial Fountain

The Ponca City Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) built the Memorial Fountain to honor those who fought in World War I. The fountain was restored in 1981 by DAR and H.A. “Jack” Mertz. In 1993, the fountain underwent another renovation thanks to the Ponca City and Pioneer Rotary Clubs.

The most recent restoration took place in 2003. Forrest Mertz led the project in honor of his parents H.A. “Jack” and Hattie Mertz, the Ponca City DAR Chapter, and all Veterans. (Ponca City Self Guided Tour)

Concluding Thoughts

I thought this building was very pretty and I am very glad that I stopped to take a few photos. I loved doing the research behind the building and the statues honoring people out front. If you’re ever in Ponca City – make sure to drive by – you won’t be disappointed!

Happy Traveling! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂


516 E. Grand Ave.
Ponca City, OK 74604

TRAVEL TIP: City Hall is close to the Ponca City Library. Make sure to stop by the library to check out the Matzene Art Collection. This art collection is definitely a hidden gem and I definitely recommend stopping by! Here’s a post I wrote about the Matzene Art Collection!

TRAVEL TIP: While you’re in downtown Ponca City, make sure to also stop by the L.A. Cann Gardens and Estate! Take a pair of walking shoes to stroll through this beautiful garden and trails. The local garden clubs do an excellent job of maintaining this space. Here’s a post I wrote about the L.A. Cann Gardens and Estate!


City Hall – Ponca City Website

Ponca City Website – FAQs “When was the current City Hall building first constructed?”

City Hall Self Guided Tour – Ponca City Website

Informational Plaque about B.S. Barnes – Pictured Below

E.W. Marland Statue Plaque – Pictured Below

Lew Wentz Statue Plaque – Pictured Below

Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum: Oklahoma City, OK

Hey friend! Welcome back to another post! Today, we’re talking about the Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum and Memorial. There are pieces in the museum collection from across the United States, across Oklahoma, and even a piece from the London Fire Brigade. Let’s go look around!

*All photos used in this post were taken inside and outside at the Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum in Oklahoma City.

Museum History

The Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum was founded in 1967 in OKC with a groundbreaking ceremony taking place on April 6th. The building was completed in 1969 and opened to the public on June 1st. The Oklahoma State Firefighters Association (OSFA), Oklahoma Fire Chiefs Association (OCFA), and the Oklahoma Retired Firefighters Association (ORFA) also have offices in the building. 

The museum is owned and operated by firefighters of the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association which was founded in 1894. A portion of membership dues help support the museum.


There were several really cool exhibits and artifacts in this museum. I have included a few photos of some of the exhibits. Please make sure to visit the museum or their website for more information.

Alfred P. Murrah Bombing – Rescue Memorial

On April 19, 1995 at 9:02 a.m. a bomb exploded in front of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City. Many firefighters rushed to the scene to help the injured amongst the chaos. There were two memorials made to honor the firefighters, one is located at the Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum and the other is in Washington, D.C. at the International Association of Firefighters office.

I hope to visit the OKC Memorial Museum in Oklahoma City in the future.

Old Fire Station

There is a miniature firehouse built inside the museum which has an early 20th century John Gamewell Alarm System from Enid, Oklahoma. Scroll through the photos below to get a closer look!

Miniature Fire Truck Collection & The Last Alarm Mural

The collection of miniature firetrucks lined one of the walls in the museum and they were super cool to look at!

If you look above the cases in photo 5 you will notice a large mural – this is called The Last Alarm. Lynn Campbell painted the mural while visitors at the museum watched. The mural is 59 feet long and 8 feet tall with each firetruck representing a real truck used by a town.

Fire Pole & Horse Drawn Wagon

Firefighter Gear

There was a wall with firefighting bunker coats from World War II to the present-day. It was really neat to see how the gear changed over time. Scroll through the gallery to read more about each specific set of gear provided by the Morning Pride Manufacturing Co.

Ben Franklin Collection & Early Firefighting Equipment

First Fire Station in Indian Territory

Fort Supply Depot was the location of the first fire station in Indian Territory (later Oklahoma). The log cabin structure was built in 1869 on the plains. The soldiers wanted a structure to protect all of the fire equipment from the elements. It also gave a sense of law and order to the area. 

A little over a century later, the Fort Supply Fire Department donated the log cabin to the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association. The museum staff had to move it from Fort Supply to OKC which is roughly a 3 hour trip covering 160-185 miles depending on your route. 16 people from OKC took a truck and trailer to pick up the log cabin from Fort Supply. The log cabin survived the trip thanks to the diligence of the museum staff. Once the log cabin arrived in OKC the museum staff realized that it wouldn’t fit through the door… So it was carefully broken into pieces and then put back together once all the pieces inside the Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum! 

Largest Firefighter Patch Collection in the World!

The Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum has the largest collection of firefighter patches in the world. The patches in the Ben Dancy/Arvin Fennell Memorial Patch Collection come from all over the world – if you zoom in on the photos you can read where the patches are from! The collection wraps around three walls of the museum and the photos don’t do it justice… There are over 7,000 patches in this collection!

In the 1960s, Ben Dancy was the Chief of the Oklahoma City Fire Department. He began putting patches on the wall in June 1969 when the museum opened and continued to do so until he passed away in 1982. Arvin Fennell carried on the patch legacy in Chief Dancy’s honor. Fennell was a retired Assistant Fire Chief from Midwest City. He is responsible for the display cases currently in the museum. Previously, the patch collection had been mounted in a catalogue, but Fennell made cases where you could see all the patches at once. Chief Fennell continued working on the patch collection until he passed in 2015.

Fire Trucks

The museum has over a dozen restored firetrucks inside that you can walk around and look at. There are pieces of equipment from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries in the collection. Scroll through the gallery to view various fire trucks from different eras. We were told that many of the fire trucks still run, which is pretty cool if you ask me!

My Favorite Piece in the Collection

My favorite piece in this museum was probably this hand drawn chemical cart from 1890. A lot of the research I do takes place in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, so it was cool to see what kind of firefighting equipment they had at the time!

Firefighter’s Memorial

The Memorial is on the Western side of the property. It honors the brave men and women firefighters who have protected and served Oklahoma. The sculpture is titled, Just Another Day and was created by Shahla Rahimi Reynolds (OKC).

The Wall of Valor honors the firefighters who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Other firefighters who have served for over 20 years or retired through disability are also recognized in the memorial.

You can search names on the Memorial Wall on this web page if you scroll down the page – LINK HERE.

Concluding Thoughts

I enjoyed visiting the Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum again. I visited once when I was a kid and all I remembered about the museum were the big firetrucks on the inside of the building. So, it was cool to go back and walk around the inside of the museum again and appreciate more of the collection. I learned a lot and hope you’ll go check this place out!

TRAVEL TIP: This museum is located right by the Oklahoma City Zoo, Science Museum Oklahoma, the National Softball Hall of Fame, American Pigeon Museum, and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. So, if you’re traveling from out of town, make sure to visit some of these other cool places that are close by!

Happy Traveling! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂


2716 NE 50th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

TRAVEL TIP: There were covered picnic tables outside the museum – it’d be the perfect place for a picnic lunch!


Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum & Memorial – Website

Memorial Wall Name Search – Web Page

Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum – visitokc.com

Edmond Historical Society & Museum: Edmond, OK

Hey friend! Welcome back to another post! Today, we’re talking about the Edmond Historical Society Museum in Edmond, Oklahoma. Let’s get started!

*All photos used in this post were taken by myself at the Edmond Historical Society Museum in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Armory & Museum History

Armory History

The Edmond Historical Society is housed in the Edmond Armory that was originally built for the 179th Infantry of the 45th Division of the Oklahoma National Guard. The Edmond Armory was designed by Colonel Bryan W. Nolan – an architect with the 45th Infantry. He helped build and design 35 armories in Oklahoma! Nolan had an impressive career. See the following excerpt from the Edmond Historical Society:

“A batallion commander in World War II, Nolen led the 180th Regiment of Thunderbirds into combat during the invasion of Sicily. He later commanded leadership and combat schools in Italy and North Africa. Also instrumental in the organization of the Oklahoma Nation Guard, he had helped the Howitzer Company of the 180th Infantry Regiment as early as 1921. Nolen was highly decorated, attaining the rank of Colonel.”

“Edmond Armory history” – Virtual Exhibit

The Edmond Armory was paid for by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) which was founded in May 1935 by the Administration of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR). The WPA helped create jobs for thousands of Americans who were looking for work. Many were not employed due to the economic depression of the 1930s.

The building was made of native red sandstone rocks and the blueprint used was the “One Unit Artillery” design. The building was comprised of offices, barracks, arms storage, stage, garage, target range, and a large vaulted ceiling drill hall. The same blueprint plan was used for the armories in Duncan, Sulphur, Haskell, and Claremore.

The Edmond Armory was the headquarters for the 45th Division of the National Guard until 1972 when they built a new facility. The armory was then given back to the city of Edmond. Eventually, the building housed other things like a skating rink, community center, meeting hall, and more. To read more about those venues, please see the “Edmond Armory History” link at the end of this blog post.

A Museum

The building was leased by the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust beginning in 1983. The City Council supported their plan for renovating the space. The Edmond Historical Museum and Edmond Arts and Humanities Council are two examples of groups that rented the space during renovations.

The Edmond Historical Society Museum actually started out as a single room in the Edmond Armory. Eventually, the City of Edmond allowed them to use the entire building. The main gallery of the museum once housed the space used for artillery training. The museum’s offices are located in the old barracks, offices, and storage areas.

The Edmond Armory was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 14, 1991!


The variety of exhibits in this museum was impressive! Each section was unique and I learned a lot of things that I didn’t know before. I have included pictures of a handful of the exhibits. You’ll have to pay the museum a visit to see the rest of them! Additionally, the Edmond Historical Society has a few digital exhibits. I am linking one here, “Edmond’s African American History: Land Run to Integration.”

Indigenous History

Edmond sits at a cross-section on the Plains. The Western portion of Edmond has more prairie grasses and open spaces, while the Eastern side of Edmond has more woodland area. This region is known for its mixing of trees and prairie grasses. Several Indigenous peoples have lived on the Plains. The Kaw, Omaha, Quapaw, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, and Osage peoples are just a few examples.

The Land Run – April 22, 1889

The Land Run took place on April 22, 1889 with the opening of the Unassigned Lands in Indian Territory. The Unassigned Lands include present-day Canadian, Cleveland, Kingfisher, Logan, Payne, and Oklahoma county. Benjamin Harrison was the President of the United States who signed the proclamation which opened approximately 2 million acres for Anglo settlers. Each person could stake a claim of 160 acres for a filing fee of $14.00. A town basically formed overnight around the Edmond Station on Sante Fe Railroad line. 100 to 150 people formed the town of Edmond.

FUN FACT! The Land Run is sometimes referred to as Benjamin “Harrison’s Horse Race.”

For more information about the Land Run, see my blog post about the Oklahoma Territorial Museum in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church opened 2 months after the Land Run. This was the first church built in the Unassigned Lands and they held their first mass on June 24, 1889 with 5 Catholic families in Edmond. The church stood at the corner of Boulevard and First Street.

Inside the Edmond Historical Society Museum stands a replica of the church that is 1/4 size of the original building. It was created as an Edmond Centennial Project (1989) by the Knights of Columbus – a Catholic organization.

Route 66 & Oil History

Route 66 was created in 1926 as one of the first highways in the United States. Arguably, Route 66 is the most universally known highway in the US. Today, Oklahoma has most of the drivable miles on Route 66. The highway also goes through Arizona, California, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas. For more information about some cool places along Route 66 in Oklahoma, please my blog posts about the Arcadia Round Barn and Pops.

FUN FACT! 13.4 miles of Route 66 pass through Edmond, Oklahoma!

Route 66 encouraged people to drive more which led to a boom in the automobile industry. Many gas stations, service stations, hotels, and restaurants began popping up along the highways across the country to serve travelers. CONOCO played a huge role in the oil industry. For more information about the company, please see my blog post about the Conoco Museum in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Entertainment History

I’ve recently taken an interest in entertainment history so I thought it was interesting to read the plaques about entertainment in Edmond. I want to look further into both the Gem and Broncho Theaters!

For more information about historic theaters, please see my blog post about the Poncan Theater in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Concluding Thoughts

The Edmond Historical Society was a cool museum to visit. They had a lot of different exhibits which made looking around a lot of fun. The exhibits weren’t necessarily related and I really liked that about this place.

Make sure to check out all of the cool digital resources they have for kids, teachers, and adults have their website! They have a full page of games, videos, and tours that are all virtual! I have linked their website in the sources section at the end of this post. I hope you’ll go check it out!

Happy Traveling! I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂


431 S Boulevard

Edmond, Oklahoma

TRAVEL TIP: Museum Admission is FREE!


Edmond Historical Society – Website

Virtual Exhibits by the Edmond Historical Society

“Edmond’s African American History: Land Run to Integration”

“Edmond Armory History”

“Edmond ‘Firsts'”

Edmond History Sources

Stan Hoig, Edmond: The Early Years (1976). [I purchased this book in the gift shop!]