I have been a member of the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) since my first trip to Oklahoma where I found a lot of good research in their quarterly journal, "The Chronicles of Oklahoma." So I have been really looking forward to seeing their new history center in OK City.
So I planned a whole day around there.
The OHS is actually older than Oklahoma statehood (1907), so they hold a lot of archives.
I got here as they opened the doors for business. In fact, the director of the society is the one who unlocked the doors. I guess he is a real hands-on type of guy.
There is just so much to see here, so I will only touch on a few things. And since myself and my readers like southeastern stuff, I will highlight some of that. But first, you can't miss the breath taking view of state capitol building.
I don't like using a flash inside museums to protect the collections, and most museums don't allow it. So some shots are grainy.
Here is a beaded Choctaw belt.
Southeastern Turtle shell leg rattles, 1920.
A Seminole horn spoon, 1880. So they did have those.
A Creek gourd dipper, 1870.
A Caddo drum with some interesting southeastern moundbuilder motifs on it.
Chickasaw outfits. Here I zero in on some center seam mocs under the ladies' dress.
A beaded belt, Creek or Seminole, 1870.
And an exhibit that I enjoyed, because we wear this stuff too. These days, being a modern warrior can find an outlet for fighting wildfires or doing prescribed burns.
The Black Seminoles.
A model of the engine for the steamship, Heroine, that was found in the Red River. It was a significant find, being the type of ship that was typical during the Indian removal. It sank in the river in 1838 while bringing supplies up to the Choctaw Nation.
And behind the museum is a very interesting park where they have gathered examples of different oil wells.
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