Archive for November, 2008

History of the Piñata

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

by Benjamin Clark, Curator of Education

PiñataWhat do you know about the history of piñatas?  A week ago, my knowledge of piñatas was strictly confined to birthday parties before 1987 and a college visit to Casa Bonita in Denver.  But, the piñata question sprung on me while researching the exhibit Tierra de mi Familia: Oklahoma, now on exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center. (more…)

Caring for Your Photos

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008


By Beverly Mosman, Assistant Photo Archivist

When we were kids we loved to take Mom’s cardboard picture box down from the top of the closet and look through the pictures. The box was filled with photos, and we would take them out one-by-one. Some had torn corners. Some had scratched surfaces. A few were even bent. Every movement of the box caused the photos to rub against each other.

Now I’ve learned a few important things about taking care of photos. The main principle to keep in mind is the photo’s environment.


The Merci Train

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

by Susan Berberet, Assistant Curator

In February 1949, a French freighter arrived in New York carrying 49 boxcars filled with gifts of thanks from the French people to the United States.  The act was in response to the ‘Friendship Train’ that in 1947 toured the US and collected $40 million worth of food and clothing to aid France at the end of WWII.  Every continental US state received a boxcar from the ‘Merci Train’ or ‘Gratitude Train’; Oklahoma’s car was brought to the front of the State Capitol the morning of February 18, 1949. (more…)

Amiel Whipple Collection

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

by Jennifer Silvers, Manuscript Archivist

mex001.jpgThe Amiel Weeks Whipple Collection #82.91, is a dynamic compilation of journals, letters, drawings, and maps dated 1849-1863 which document the natural history and topographical features of the newly acquired lands of the American west. (more…)