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For questions about Oklahoma History Center traveling exhibits or to schedule an exhibit, please contact:
Lori Oden
Director of Exhibits
405-522-0780
loden@okhistory.org

Mickey Mantle: Baseball Hero in Black and White

In the 1950s, increased television viewing and media coverage combined with his athleticism helped to propel Mickey Mantle into a superstar, often compared to Babe Ruth. The Oklahoma native known as the "Commerce Comet" exemplified the spirit of a hero through his determination, perseverance, and courage. The Oklahoman extensively covered Mantle throughout his career and life. Oklahomans and baby boomers across the nation were captivated by his talent and sportsmanship. This exhibit explores his life through black and white photographs seen in newsprint and uses the original reporters' captions to highlight this Baseball Hall of Famer's milestones.

This is exhibit contains twenty-five framed photographs, ranging from 24" x 30" and 20" x 30". A minimum of two hundred linear feet is recommended for display. Labels and a graphic panel are included in the exhibit.

The rental fee for this exhibit is $250 per each eight weeks, with one week before and one week following allowed for shipping, exhibit set-up, and takedown. Shipping fees are not included with the exhibition fee.

Family Album: Photographs by Pierre Tartoue

One of the great powers of photography lies in its ability to connect us to our past and to signal how far we have come. On rare occasions photographs give us more than distant evidence, and actually let us participate with our history. They have the distinct ability to remind us of not only who we were, but also who we continue to be. The photographs of Pierre Tartoue (1885–1976) operate in this manner.

Tartoue was born in the harbor town of Saint-Nazaire on the western shores of France, and in his lifetime made his way across most of the continental United States. From the late 1930s to early 1950s he spent most of his time in Oklahoma, painting and producing photographs that witnessed a tremendous renaissance in American Indian communities, including the emergence of large intertribal expositions and powwows. This rebirth would not have been possible without strong multi-generation American Indian families.

This exhibit consists of twenty-five framed, traditionally-printed black and white photographs. The prints are matted and framed to 16" x 20". Labels and a graphic panel are included. A minimum of two hundred linear feet is preferred for this exhibit. Exhibitors may choose to display the framed photographs on easels if wall space is not available.

The rental fee for this exhibit is $250 per eight weeks, with one week before and one week after allowed for shipping, and exhibit set-up, and takedown. Shipping fees are not included with the exhibition fee.

Curated by Matt Reed and Jacquelyn Sparks

Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry

Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry is a traveling exhibit originally organized by the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Dr. Jess C. Porter from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. It traveled to twenty-five sites across the US and is now in the permanent care of the Oklahoma History Center traveling exhibits program.

Part of the exhibit content was drawn from the Oklahoma State University library and features their Women of the Dust Bowl oral histories (visitors will find QR codes throughout the exhibit that link to these oral histories). Mount Holyoke College Library, which houses the Caroline Henderson papers (letters, essays and articles by a woman who farmed throughout the Dust Bowl) were also an inspiration for the exhibit.

This exhibit will engage visitors as they learn about the human and ecological consequences of one of America's most disastrous environmental experiences.

Each of the ten, double-sided panels measure 38" x 72". The exhibit requires a minimum of three hundred square feet of exhibit space. The panels and stands travel in two boxes and require an insured vehicle or reputable shipping service for transport.

The rental fee for this exhibit is $250 per each eight weeks, with one week before and one week after for transport and set-up and takedown. Shipping fees are not included with the exhibition fee.

Oklahoma Sports

This exciting traveling exhibit provides a window into the history and culture of Oklahoma sports. Many people take pride in the successes of our major colleges and the Oklahoma City Thunder, while every some communities live and die with their local high school football and basketball teams. Homegrown athletes who achieved national and international success such as Mickey Mantle, Shannon Miller, Jim Thorpe, and Johnny Bench are treated as Oklahoma royalty. From the warrior tradition of American Indians to the pioneering spirit of men and women who made the land run, Oklahoma's history is packed with competitors.

Each of the twelve retractable banners measure 33" x 86", and highlight the diversity of sports in Oklahoma with fun information and great photographs. The banners travel in two plastic cases and are easy to unload and set-up. Venues should allow for several hundred square feet. Exhibitors may choose not to display all panels if adequate space is not available, however, it is preferred that all panels be included in the exhibit.

The rental fee for Oklahoma Sports is $250 per each eight weeks, with one week before and one week after for transport, exhibit set-up and takedown. Shipping fees are not included with the exhibition fee.

Oklahoma Humanities Council

All-Black Towns of Oklahoma

Shortly after the 1889 Land Run opened the Oklahoma Territory to settlement, black leaders hoped to make the newly-opened lands a home for oppressed African Americans throughout the United States. Oklahoma was promoted as the land where African Americans could come for the dream of "self-government." As many as fifty communities arose where only African Americans lived and governed themselves. Even though "Jim Crow" became the law of the land after statehood, All-Black towns survived and continue to thrive in modern Oklahoma. This exhibit consists of twelve retractable banners with images and text about the unique history of All-Black towns in Oklahoma.

The exhibit consists of two large, one-sided retractable banners (introduction and conclusion) that are 60" x 84", and ten double-sided retractable banners measuring 36" x 84". The exhibit travels in three plastic cases. Venues should allow for several hundred square feet. Exhibitors may choose not to display all panels if adequate space is not available, however, it is preferred that all panels be included in exhibit.

The rental fee for All-Black Towns of Oklahoma is $250 per each eight week venue with one week before and after for transport, exhibit set-up, and takedown. Shipping fees are not included with the exhibition fee.

50 Years of Photojournalism at the Oklahoman

Photojournalists have played an important role in the preservation and documentation of Oklahoma history. This exhibit features framed images from the Oklahoma Publishing Company dating from 1950 to 2000. More than twenty photographers, many from Oklahoma, are represented. The exhibit consists of fifty-six framed images. Fifty-one of the images are 8" X 10" framed images and labels, five 16" X 20" images and labels (these five are enlarged duplicates of selected smaller images), one framed title panel, one framed credit panel and five decade overview scripts.

The exhibit travels in four crates with images packed per the described in an attached list; this order must be maintained. Venues should allow for approximately eighty linear running feet for double-hung exhibition. Exhibitors may choose not to include the duplicate, enlarged images. It is preferred that all other images be included in exhibit. The ental fee for 50 Years of Photojournalism at the Oklahoman is $250 in per each eight weeks, with one week before and after for transport, exhibit set-up, and takedown.

Cherokee Nation: A Portrait of a People

This exhibit presents fifty-five portraits of individuals, couples, and families by noted Oklahoma photographer and artist David Fitzgerald. The strikingly clear and visually rich photographs allow the viewer insight into elements in the broad spectrum of Cherokee life in Oklahoma today. Several of the individuals in these portraits are elders who have been named a Living National Treasure/Master Craftsperson. Whether the photographs depict settings associated with traditional practices or contemporary occupations, Fitzgerald's images convey his respect and affinity for the people in this project.

The Cherokees, the Ani Yun Wiya, or "real people," have made Oklahoma their home for nearly two centuries. But many still remember another homeland in the southern Appalachian Mountains as their ancestral home before they were forced west of the Mississippi River. Distantly related to the Six Nations of the Iroquois in the Northeast, Cherokee people believed that "The Great Spirit who is the father of the human family and to whom the whole earth belongs" gave them the hunting grounds and the river valleys of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia. David Fitzgerald's remarkable photography provides a glimpse of a contemporary people tied, each in their own way, to a rich cultural past.

I still live in the old ways and the belief of my ancestors, forefather and elders. I still believe in the sacred religious ceremonial grounds of long ago, which they say is long ago, but we still serve the same creator as our ancestors did. We still sing the same songs they sang long ago, but they are the very same songs as yesterday, tomorrow and forever. With these songs the creator gives us strength to go on day after day till he returns. Once again we will be as one. Take these words to your heart, to your home, wherever you go. If we don't meet here, with our prayers and guidance, we will meet at the creator's table, for there is no such thing as 'goodbye' in the Cherokee language, just see you later.
Boss Cummings, Cherokee, US Army Vietnam Veteran and Elder of the ROC Ceremonial Ground, 2001
Like many people before me, I have found myself lost in the incredible history of the Cherokee people. Within these portraits lies the strength of a proud people regaining their national sovereignty that was tragically stripped from them in the 1800s, and then sadly repeated in the years that followed. The warmth and friendships shared with me over the past three years have become an experience I will cherish the rest of my life.
—David Fitzgerald, 2001

The exhibit consists of fifty-seven framed images. Eleven of the images are 32" X 37.5" (includes one framed title panel and one artist biographical and image technical panel) and forty-six images are 22.75" X 26.5". There are nine framed interpretative panels which measure 30.25" x 36.25". The exhibit travels in six crates with images packed as described in an accompanying list. This order must be maintained. The venue should allow for approximately two hundred and twenty linear feet for single-hung exhibition with interpretative panels. Exhibitors may choose other options of hanging the exhibit, however it is preferred that all images and panels be included in the exhibition. The rental fee for Cherokee Nation: A Portrait of a People is $1,000 per each one to eight week venue, with one week before and after for transport, exhibit set-up, and takedown. Shipping fees are not included with the exhibition fee.

Deep Deuce & Beyond: A Photographic Exhibition Exploring the Architectural Legacy of African Americans in Oklahoma City

This exhibition, featuring the photography of native Oklahoman Ron Tarver, explores the legacy of Deep Deuce through its architecture. From the grand historical edifice of Calvary Baptist Church to the clapboard frame of the Open Hand Mission, the images evoke the essence of the area, and the people who created it. Akin to Harlem of the 1930s, Deep Deuce featured such legendary figures as jazz guitarist Charlie Christian, "blues shouter" Jimmy Rushing, and was the home of internationally-acclaimed writer Ralph Ellison. Deep Deuce attracted African-American professionals of every stripe—Roscoe Dunjee, Dr. Frederick Douglas Moon, Mrs. Lucy Tucker, Dr. William Lewis Haywood, Mary and Sydney Lyons. These doctors, educators, entrepreneurs, and activists came together, creating a critical mass that transformed 2nd Street and the surrounding neighborhood into a thriving corridor of Oklahoma City.

Born and raised in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, photographer Ron Tarver has devoted much of his professional career to documenting the African American experience. A staff photographer for the Philadelphia Inquirer for more than twenty years, Tarver has earned numerous awards, grants, and fellowships including a 2001 Pew Fellowship in the Arts; the 2001 Margaret Danby Visual Arts Award from the Black Liberated Arts Center, Oklahoma City; and a 1993 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant to explore the lives of modern day African American cowboys.

This exhibit contains twenty-six framed photographs measuring 24"x 30" and accompanying labels. The exhibit's space requirement is a minimum of eighty linear feet of wall space for a single-hung exhibit. The exhibit fee for Deep Deuce & Beyond is $250 per each eight week venue with one week before and after for transport, exhibit set-up, and takedown. Shipping is not included with the exhibition fee.

Black Hope/Black Dreams

Black Hope/Black Dreams features the accomplishments of three individuals who had a vision for greater opportunity and equality for themselves and others. Their accomplishments opened doors and opened minds; their influence reached beyond their generations and lifespan. Edward (Edwin) Preston McCabe arrived in Oklahoma Territory in 1889. He was experienced in finance, law, land development, and politics. McCabe sought a place where African Americans could establish their own towns similar to other groups of Americans. Roscoe Dunjee was a newspaperman, activist, humanitarian, and a man of extraordinary conviction and legendary accomplishment. He was one of the most influential men in Oklahoma history. As he was only one generation removed from slavery, Dunjee was a general on the battlefield for civil rights. Founded in 1915, Dunjee's newspaper was titled the Black Dispatch. Dunjee also took aim at the legal system and the issues, incidents, and laws that deprived African Americans of their rights of citizenship and human dignity. Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher was the first African American admitted to the University of Oklahoma Law School on June 18, 1949, and the first to graduate in August 1951. Through her, African Americans succeeded in challenging the separate but equal doctrine as it applied to educational opportunities.

This exhibit consists of five free-standing retractable banners with double-sided graphics. The minimum space requirement is 22' x 9'. It is shipped in one high-impact plastic case with wheels. The exhibit fee for Black Hope/Black Dreams is $250 per each eight week venue with one week before and after for transport, exhibit set-up, and takedown. Shipping is not included with the exhibition fee.