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May 21, 2020

Contact: Larry O’Dell
Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-6676

Oklahoma Historical Society Museums and Historic Sites to Begin Reopening June 1

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) will begin the process of reopening its museums, historic sites and affiliates to the public starting Monday, June 1. Although the sites are opening to the public, all OHS-sponsored events at all OHS sites and affiliates are canceled or postponed through July 31. For more information about cancelations or postponements, please contact the OHS site at which the event was scheduled.

“As always, the priority of the Oklahoma Historical Society is the health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers,” said Dr. Bob Blackburn, OHS executive director. “We will take every precaution to make sure our museums and sites adhere to local, state and national regulations related to the ongoing pandemic.”

For the safety of the public, staff at OHS museums and historic sites will wear masks, and the OHS requests that visitors wear masks as well. Some museums and sites may have changes to normal operating hours or other restrictions, so please check the OHS website or call the site before visiting. For example, at Hunter’s Home in Park Hill programming will occur on the grounds, but the historic home will not yet be open to the public.

Opening Monday, June 1
Oklahoma History Center museum galleries
Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery
Cabin Creek Battlefield
Chisholm Trail Museum and A. J. Seay Mansion
White Hair Memorial
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch
Will Rogers Memorial Museum

Opening Tuesday, June 2
OHS Research Center (at the Oklahoma History Center)
Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
Fort Gibson Historic Site
Fort Supply Historic Site
Fort Towson Historic Site
Henry Overholser Mansion
Honey Springs Battlefield
Museum of the Western Prairie
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum
Oklahoma Territorial Museum
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum
Pioneer Woman Museum
Sod House Museum
Tom Mix Museum

Opening Wednesday, June 3
Fred Drummond Home
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center

For people not ready to visit OHS sites in person, an abundance of online resources are available at www.okhistory.org. Additionally, the OHS needs the public’s help to document how the COVID-19 pandemic has touched the lives of Oklahomans. The OHS is collecting personal stories, documents, photographs and items connected to the pandemic at www.okhistory.org/covidstories.

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.


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