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04/16/15

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Robbin Davis
Pioneer Woman Museum, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-765-6108
rdavis@okhistory.org
www.okhistory.org/pioneerwoman

Pioneer Woman Museum Seeks Volunteers and Student Interns

Ponca City, Okla. — The Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City is dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the pioneering women of Oklahoma. The museum, under the direction of the Oklahoma Historical Society, recently underwent an extensive interior renovation. The 10,000 sq. ft. facility now houses two main galleries, a large area to store the inventory of over 5,000 artifacts, an education classroom and an impressive gift shop that offers an abundance of items from tourist souvenirs to one-of-a-kind artwork.

The museum's director, Robbin Davis, recently put out a call for volunteers and student interns in an effort to broaden the museum's reach. "Since our reopening in the summer of 2013, we have been growing by leaps and bounds. We have come to a place that in order for us to continue our growth, we need help. We need volunteers and interns to help us with education programs, marketing and promotions and special events. We need extra hands in the collection area to catalog the items and we need a librarian to assist with our library and help us with research requests. We have people who contact the museum on a daily basis requesting specific bits of information about Oklahoma, about Ponca City or the general area. We are constantly fielding requests for research information. These are all great problems to have and we are delighted that the public is responding so positively to our renovation. The museum is busier than it's ever been and we anticipate even more growth as we continue to increase the number of programs, events and exhibits that we bring to the museum. The Pioneer Woman Statue is a huge draw and she has a global fan base. It's a constant source of encouragement to know that travelers make the journey to see her in person. She is turning 85 on April 22, 2015 and she's never looked better!"

Anyone interested in volunteering at the museum should contact Robbin Davis at piown@okhistory.org or 580-765-6108. Volunteers should be at least 16-years-old, friendly, enjoy working with others and have an interest in history. Previous volunteering experience is not required.

The Pioneer Woman Museum, a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society, is located at 701 Monument Rd. in Ponca City. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.





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