Permanent Exhibits

Exhibits at the Sheerar Museum illustrate the history of Stillwater and the surrounding area. The Museum recently completed an exhibit renovation project and now features an all new exhibit of "Stillwater History: Building on the Foundation."

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Annual Exhibits

The Sheerar features additional temporary exhibits focused on different themes of local and state history as well. These exhibits change each year.

Where the College Came From

Where the College Came From looks at the history of Old Central to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Oklahoma State University's oldest building on campus. The exhibit opened April 17, 2014 and remain on view through November 2, 2014.

Notorious Payne County

Notorious Payne County is an exhibit looking at the outlaw history of Payne County. This exhibit opened September 18, 2014 and will remain on view through May 2015. Stay tuned for details!

Early 20th Century Colonial Revival Quilts

Opening November 23, 2014, the Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History will host the traveling exhibit Early 20th Century Colonial Revival Quilts from the American Quilt Study Group (AQSG). This quilt study was created in 2012 and is travelling the nation. Previous traveling exhibits from the AQSG have been very well-received and have offered the Museum the opportunity to highlight various historic quilts from its own collection alongside the studies.


The Sheerar Button Collection, a large collection of unusual buttons dating from the 1740s through the 1930s, is also on exhibit. This collection has been a part of Stillwater history since 1949, when Mrs. Lena Sheerar, who amassed the collection, moved from Wellsville, New York to be near her family in Stillwater. At the time of transport from New York to Stillwater, the entire collection weighed 87 pounds.

For many years, the Sheerar Museum was strongly associated with the button collection, however the mission of the Museum has expanded well beyond this narrow focus and only a small portion of this collection remains on exhibit. The Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History is named for Mrs. Lena Sheerar's son and daughter-in-law who gave the initial $25,000 towards the purchase of the building to house the Museum, and who also donated many of the first artifacts to the collection, including the 3,450 button collection.

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