November 3, 2017
Lewis Hine Photography Exhibit at Pioneer Woman Museum
PONCA CITY, Okla. — The Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City currently is hosting “Child Labor in Oklahoma: Photographs by Lewis Hine, 1916–1917,” a traveling exhibit. The exhibit will be on display at the museum through November 11.
Social reform photographer Lewis Hine spent thirty years photographing child labor across the United States. Hired by the National Child Labor Committee, Hine photographed children working in factories, mills, coal mines, farms and in the streets to bring awareness to the abuse of child labor in early nineteenth-century America. Children often were severely injured or fatally wounded by the unsafe working conditions. Most of the children were kept out of school and many were illiterate. Although Hine focused on major cities, he did take brief trips to other parts of the country to document child labor, including Oklahoma. Hine photographed in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Lawton, Shawnee, Okmulgee, Sulphur and a few other communities.
The Pioneer Woman Museum is located at 701 Monument Road in Ponca City, Okla. For more information about admission and museum hours, please call 580-765-6108 or visit www.okhistory.org/sites/pioneerwoman.
The Pioneer Woman 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 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.