January 6, 2016
"Stars on Their Shoulders: Military Uniforms of the 20th Century" Exhibit to Open at the Chisholm Trail Museum
Kingfisher, Okla. — The Chisholm Trail Museum is proud to announce the grand opening of a temporary exhibit highlighting the evolution of United States military general's uniforms throughout the 20th century. The exhibit will open to the public on Saturday, February 13, at 1 p.m. It will showcase the T. S. Akers Collection, the largest privately owned collection of military general's uniforms in the state of Oklahoma.
"The 20th century was a period of rapid advancement in military technology. The first World War saw the widespread use of machineguns; many firsts were made with aircraft in combat; and mechanization marked the end of the horse. In time, automatic weaponry would become the standard; jet engines would replace propellers; and tanks would establish their dominance on the battlefield. As the technology of warfare evolved, so did the uniforms of the American military; an evolution that was often spurred on by the men in command," said T. S. Akers.
The exhibit, "Stars on Their Shoulders: Military Uniforms of the 20th Century," will feature 14 original military uniforms all previously worn by generals of the United States Army and Air Force. Three of the original uniforms on display will feature generals from Oklahoma. Through photographs and original uniforms, the exhibit will reveal the evolutionary history of United States military uniforms from the turn of the century, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War era and ending with the Persian Gulf War era.
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 Ave. 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, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children. 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 and its people. 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.