Over the past year, I had the pleasure of working to digitalize and transcribe a nearly 250-page ledger which was in use from 1888 to 1899 and which documents aspects of the establishment and development of early Stillwater.Read More
My name is Jerod O’Neal and I am a junior History major at Oklahoma State University. I have spent this semester as an intern with the Stillwater History at the Sheerar in partnership with the Oklahoma State History department.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
It is time to celebrate summer! Join us at the Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar for our new “Summertime Fun” exhibit, with something for everyone. The exhibit features Stillwater’s lakes, parks, pools, movie theaters, and other summertime hang-outs.Read More
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
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