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Tipi with Battle Pictures

While doing regular upkeep on the American Indian collections housed within the Oklahoma Museum of History, an Oklahoma History Center curator discovered a rolled canvas tipi that had been forgotten for many years. This tipi is known as the Tipi with Battle Pictures. The tradition and history embodied by this tipi can be traced ultimately to 1833 when Little Bluff became the sole leader of the Kiowa people.

This rare artifact is on exhibit in the Gaylord Special Exhibits gallery.

Colored Memories

In a collaborative effort with The Coltrane Group, an Oklahoma-based organization focused on the revitalization of the All-Black Towns of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma History Center will open a pictorial exhibit of colorized images of Boley, Oklahoma, circa 1920–30. The exhibit, entitled "Colored Memories," is comprised of 25 digitally colorized photographs from Boley, the "crown jewel" of All-Black Towns.

The exhibit will be on display until June 30, 2015. The 25 prints will be available for viewing in the Chesapeake Events Center of the Oklahoma History Center. Please note the Chesapeake Events Center is used for special events and meetings; we recommend calling (405) 522-0765 in advance to ensure the room will be open on the day of your visit.

The Coltrane Group/History in Progress was founded by André L. Head, chief executive officer, and his wife, Jessilyn Hall-Head, chief operating officer, with the mission of preserving the heritage and rich legacy of Oklahoma’s historic All-Black Towns. Head also has produced and directed a series of documentaries on the All-Black Towns of Oklahoma, another project about which he is extremely passionate. For detailed information about the "Colored Memories" exhibit and the endeavors of The Coltrane Group, contact the group at 405-568-7700 or andreh@thecoltranegroup.org.

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.