What is Happening at the Sheerar? March

What is Happening at the Sheerar? March

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.” 

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What Happening at the Sheerar? February

What Happening at the Sheerar? February

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. 

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The Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History

The Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History

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.

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Stillwater’s Flight: From Barnstormers to Commercial Air Service

Stillwater’s Flight: From Barnstormers to Commercial Air Service

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.

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Mystery at the Museum or “The Case of the Anonymous Doorstep Donation”

Mystery at the Museum or “The Case of the Anonymous Doorstep Donation”

The Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History is truly grateful for every donation that furthers the mission of preserving Stillwater’s history, but donating to a museum is more than just dropping off your objects at the door. Did you know that your donation of objects requires a transfer of legal rights, also?  Every once in a while, a staff member or volunteer arrives at the museum to find objects left in our mailbox, or on our doorstep. In the museum world these objects have become known as “doorstep donations.”

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