Each spring the Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar and the Oklahoma Wondertorium partner for our award winning 3rd grade program “How Oklahoma Began.” Each year we host around 600 students from area elementary schools. As we approach the half-way point for this year’s program, it is a great time to talk about some of our experiences with the 3rd graders.Read More
Forty-four years after the museum’s founding, it is nice to see the museum’s first collection can still be viewed with new eyes. If you haven’t looked closely at the museum’s buttons in a while, please stop in and take a fresh look. We are sure there is still more to discover and remember in the words of Mike and Molly Sheerar “we owe it all to a simple button.”Read More
Spring is always an exciting time at the Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar. Each year the museum hosts around 550 3rd graders for our award winning education program “How Oklahoma Began.” However, our April and May calendar includes more than just school programs.Read More
Two new groundbreaking reports from the American Alliance of Museums reveal indisputable evidence that museums contribute more to the United States economy than previously thought and have widespread public support that transcends political affiliations and geographic locations.Read More
Every March, Stillwater becomes abuzz with the community read “One Book, One Community.” This year’s book “Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” is a great read which connects history, mystery, and the birth of the FBI. At the Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar, we are pleased to partner with the Stillwater Public Library and the greater Stillwater community for this program. This year we have focused on the oil portion of the book, paired with our new exhibit: “The Life of Boom and Bust Oil Towns in Payne County.”Read More
This Saturday’s program is one of my personal favorites: History Mysteries. “History Mysteries” is a game of clues in which the audience attempts to figure what objects are and what they were used for. Each time I run this program, I am surprised by how children respond. Sometimes an object will be recognized right away, from their grandparent’s house or a museum experience, and other times I get some very creative answers, which never fail to make me smile at their originality. Occasionally, I manage to stump the entire crowd, and this is where the fun begins.Read More
Visit the Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History in the historic Sheerar Cultural Center, located at 702 S. Duncan Street in Stillwater, Oklahoma. For over 40 years, the Sheerar Museum has been collecting, preserving, and presenting Stillwater's history and culture. The Sheerar Cultural Center is also available for rental for various types of events including: recitals, concerts, performances, meetings, weddings, reunions, etc.
This video was created in conjunction with the Students of Oklahoma State University's School of Strategic Communications.Read More
Getting to and from Stillwater has not always been the easiest task.
In the early years following the Land Run of 1889 that included settlement of the Stillwater area, travelers loaded up wagons or rode horses to the nearest train station in Orlando or Perry. Long before paved roads, to say it was a bumpy and time-consuming three-plus-hour ride is an understatement. The railroad arrived in Stillwater in 1900 and access to the community and Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (OAMC) became a little less cumbersome.Read More