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December 7, 2015

Contact: Adam Lynn
Chisholm Trail Museum and A. J. Seay Mansion, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-375-5176

"Charity, Companionship and Comfort" Quilt Exhibit on Display at Chisholm Trail Museum and in Kingfisher

Kingfisher, Okla. — The Chisholm Trail Museum is proud to announce a new temporary quilt exhibit entitled "Charity, Companionship and Comfort." This unique and rare exhibition of historical quilts dating as far back as 1841 will be on display inside the A. J. Seay Mansion Sunday, November 1, 2015, through Sunday, January 31, 2016.

The exhibit features more than 40 original quilts and several original dresses from the antebellum era, the Civil War era, the Oklahoma land run era, through to the Oklahoma statehood era. Also on display is an original quilt from the late 19th century previously owned by Governor Seay's family. Through photographs, narrative and artifacts the exhibit reveals the history of these threads from which everyday life was sewn. Additionally, the exhibit reveals examples of how quilts and those who made quilts expressed different political views, fundraised for communities in times of war and disaster, and transcended economic and social lines to bond over the art of quilt making.

The exhibit is also a celebration of the rich history of one of the first governor's mansions in Oklahoma's history. The Governor Seay Mansion was constructed 123 years ago by the second governor of Oklahoma Territory, Abraham Jefferson Seay. While touring the exhibit visitors also will learn about this influential figure in early Oklahoma Territorial history. The mansion will "come to life" as it did so many times before when Governor Seay held balls and celebrations inside.

After touring the exhibit visitors are encouraged to tour the rest of the museum, where they will learn about the histories of Jesse Chisholm, the Chisholm Trail, the 1889 Land Run, and early territorial and statehood days in Kingfisher and Kingfisher County. There is also a Victorian era historical site on the museum grounds with five original structures including two log cabins, the first bank building in Kingfisher, an original one-room school house and a one-room rural church.

For more information about the Kingfisher Chisholm Trail Museum and to learn about upcoming events and programs, please visit www.ctokmuseum.org or call 405-375-5176. The museum has a Facebook page as well. The Chisholm Trail Museum and Governor Seay Mansion are located at 605 Zellers Avenue in Kingfisher, Okla. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on major holidays. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and $4 for seniors. For more information about Kingfisher and Kingfisher County, please visit the Kingfisher Chamber of Commerce website at www.kingfisher.org.

The Chisholm Trail Museum is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


Editor's Note: For photographs of the exhibit, please contact Chisholm Trail Museum Director Adam Lynn at 405-375-5176.

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