First Time for Everything: Curating an Exhibit

First Time for Everything: Curating an Exhibit

I loved my experience at my summer internship so much that I signed up to return in the spring. However, this time I was given my own exhibit to research, write, design and install. I was initially in shock.  I was about to get a full, hands-on experience doing what I hope to be doing for a living in just a few years.

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Basket Quilts and Baskets

Basket Quilts and Baskets

This winter the Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar is featuring a traveling quilt show from the American Quilt Study Group, “The Study of 19th Century Basket Quilts”. This exhibit will also include a variety of handcrafted baskets from Stillwater residents. Three of the weavers, whose work will be included in the exhibit, are Judy Mahle, Debby Strickland, and Cathy Southwich,   Each was mentored by the late Bernie Kopel.

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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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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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