Archive for December, 2008

The House of Mato Nonpa

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

by Matt Reed, Curator of American Indian & Military History Collections

In 1920, the Oklahoma Historical Society received as a gift from Will Clark, a buffalo hide tipi decorated with pictographs. For the next 80 years, this tipi was the focal point for museum patrons. The tipi underwent several conservation treatments to repair damage or for cleaning. (more…)

Holiday Attire

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

by Jill Holt, Curator of Textiles

christmas-hat-3.jpgHoliday inspired clothing has been popular in America for several decades. Two examples in the textile collection of the Oklahoma Museum of History are a novelty Christmas hat and a Christmas dress. (more…)

A.Y.’s Sled

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

by Jeff Briley, Assistant Director, Oklahoma Museum of History

ay-sled3.jpgThat we are dominantly visual animals is part of what makes the holidays so wonderful. No other season brings together so many visual sensate triggers to memory and emotion. (more…)

Oklahoma Celebration 2000 Quilt

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

by Sherry Massey, Senior Registrar

oklahoma2000quilt3.jpgThe Oklahoma Celebration 2000 quilt was created in response to an international competition celebrating the millennium, sponsored by the American Quilters Society, Paducah, Kentucky.  The contest’s theme was Memories & Fantasies, featuring either a look backward at the 20th Century or forward to the 21st.  The Oklahoma Celebration 2000 quilt was a state winner and was among the 236 semifinalists selected for exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee, at the A.Q.S. 2000 Quilt Exposition in September 2000.  The quilt was also awarded ribbons at the 32nd Annual Quilt Show of the National Quilt Association in June 2001 and the 2001 Quilt Show of the Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild in August 2001. (more…)

Historic Maps

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

by Ashley Hendricks, Digital Technician

As a digital technician at the Oklahoma History Center, one of my tasks is to help make our impressive collection of cartographic records, or maps, available to the public.  Donated and collected over many years, the Research Center is home to nearly 17,000 maps of all shapes, sizes, and conditions.  We purchased a 42-inch scanner in July 2007 with a grant generously donated by the Chickasaw Nation. One year later, we have scanned nearly 1,000 manuscripts, many of which are now available to view online through our electronic catalog. (more…)