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Oklahoma @ the Movies

Closing December 31, 2014
This major exhibit celebrates Oklahomans involvement with the motion picture industry. This celebration showcases the creativity and innovation of Oklahomans and their legacy of creating, starring in, and watching motion pictures on the silver screen. The exhibit also explores film stories about Cowboys and Westerns, American Indians and Hollywood, African American movies filmed in the state, the film industry in Oklahoma, and the "Oklahoma Image" on screen.

Exhibit Companion Book Now Available

Get your copy of Oklahoma @ the Movies, a companion book to the exhibit. From the book jacket:

"The second in the Oklahoma Historical Society's Popular Culture Series, Oklahoma @ the Movies gives readers an intimate, insider's view of the Sooner State's impact on Hollywood over the motion-picture industry's hundred-year history. This is a lively and entertaining story-the story of Sooner State stardom!"

Contributing authors include: Elizabeth Anthony, Gary Rhodes, Bill Moore, Hugh Foley, Steve Gragert, Debra Spindle, Guy Logsdon, Bobby Weaver, John McConnel, Loretta Jackson, Dianna Everett, Ryan LaCroix, Larry O'Dell, Brian Hearn, John Wooley, and Gray Frederickson. The book is available now for $34.99. Visit our online store to purchase or call 405-522-5214.

Patti Page: Once Upon a Dream

"Patti Page: Once Upon a Dream" is now on exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center. It showcases items from the Patti Page estate, including her Grammy for the album Live at Carnegie Hall. An American icon and one of the most popular performers of the 1940s and 1950s, Patti's music inspired many generations. The exhibit includes music, memorabilia, many personal photographs, and an interview with Patti.

Born to Freedom: Allan Houser Centennial

Closing December 31, 2014
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the internationally acclaimed Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser's birth, a first-ever, statewide collaboration of Oklahoma museums and cultural institutions is honoring his memory, works and legacy.

The Oklahoma History Center presents the exhibit "Born to Freedom: Allan Houser Centennial" as one of the institutions participating in the Houser celebration. The exhibit will run Tuesday, March 11 through December 31, 2014. Located in the E. K. & Thelma Gaylord Special Exhibits Gallery, the exhibit will feature sculptures composed of a variety of artistic media, watercolors, sketchbooks, and culturally significant historic treasures. Additionally the award-winning film "Unconquered: Allan Houser and the Legacy of One Apache Family" will be featured in the exhibit.

Allan Houser was a renowned Native American artist who gained prominence with his excellent artistic work throughout the 20th century. As a testament to his work his iconic sculpture "Sacred Rain Arrow" is featured on Oklahoma's license plates. Houser was born on June 30, 1914, on the family farm in Apache, Okla. His parents, Sam and Blossom Haozous, both Apache, were brought to Fort Sill as prisoners of war. Finally after 27 years of incarceration, the Fort Sill Apaches were released from imprisonment. Allan Capron Haozous, later to be known by Houser, was one of the first Apache children born into freedom.

The Oklahoma State Arts Council is also participating in the statewide Houser celebration, featuring the loan of five of Houser's monumental pieces including "Morning Prayer," "Singing Heart," "Spirit of the Wind," "Warm Springs Apache Man," and "Hunter's Vision." These pieces will be on display through December 2014. For more information on celebrating Allan Houser with an Oklahoma perspective, please visit www.okhouser.org. The "Born to Freedom:  Allan Houser Centennial Exhibit" is sponsored in part by OPUBCO in conjunction with the Oklahoma Museums Association.

On Behalf of the Pioneers: The Oklahoma Century Chest 1913-2013

The Century Chest time capsule was buried on April 22, 1913, in the basement of the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City. One hundred years later, on April 22, 2013, the church opened the chest and revealed the perfectly preserved contents deposited by the pioneers of Oklahoma. The exhibit opening marks the 125th anniversary of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.

Visitors can view never-before-seen photographs, documents and American Indian artifacts and hear Oklahoma pioneer Angelo C. Scott's speech delivered at the burial of the chest in 1913. The exhibit also includes the 1889 poster promoting the first Fourth of July celebration in Oklahoma City on July 4, 1889, a letter to the blind of 2013 written in braille, the First State Flag of Oklahoma, the pen used by President William McKinley to sign the Free Homes Bill for Oklahoma and a 1913 bird's-eye view photograph of Oklahoma City showing the city like never before. In addition the exhibit contains dozens of messages, prophecies and letters from the pioneers of 1913 to their descendants 100 years later. Call 405-522-0765 for more information or visit www.okhistory.org/centurychest.

100 Years of the Federal Reserve System

Explore the history of the Federal Reserve and the Oklahoma City Branch in this new exhibit. This exhibit also highlights Robert L. Owen, one of the first Senators from Oklahoma and co-author of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. Included are artifacts from Robert L. Owen and his family, examples of coins and currency before 1913, photographs, and original documents, including a signed letter to Owen from President Woodrow Wilson.

Historic images, timelines, and educational materials are available online now at okhistory.org/federalreserve.