What I Learned from Our Third Graders

What I Learned from Our Third Graders

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. 

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We Owe It All to a Simple Button

We Owe It All to a Simple Button

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.”

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The Stillwater History Museum partners with the Community Read

The Stillwater History Museum partners with the Community Read

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?

What Happening at the Sheerar?

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 Museum Live

The Museum Live

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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