The Sheerar features additional temporary exhibits focused on different themes of local and state history as well. These exhibits change each year.
Season's Greetings: The History of Greeting Cards
Season's Greetings is on exhibit through February 16, 2014 and features greeting cards from the Sheerar's collection dating to the early part of the twentieth century. The exhibit looks at the history of the greeting card tradition for a variety of occasions, especially Christmas, New Year's, Valentine's Day, and Easter.
Memento: Capturing Memory Through Art
Memento is on exhibit through the spring of 2014. This exhibit features various forms of art, from folk art to fine art. The exhibit includes many pieces from the Sheerar Museum collection including many by artists from Stillwater's past.
Where the College Came From
Where the College Came From will look at the history of Old Central to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Oklahoma State University's oldest building on campus. The exhibit will open in mid-April (date TBD) and remain on view through November 2014.
Notorious Payne County
Notorious Payne County is an exhibit looking at the outlaw history of Payne County. This exhibit will open in September (date TBD) in conjunction with the Stillwater Public Library's community-wide reading event of True Grit by Charles Portis. Stay tuned for details!
Early 20th Century Colonial Revival Quilts
In December 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.