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Inaugural Impressions: Oklahoma’s First Ladies Go to the Ball exhibit opens

June 7

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This summer, the Oklahoma History Center Museum (OHCM) will be dressed to the nines as it opens an exhibit in the Noble Gallery highlighting the gowns Oklahoma’s first ladies wore to their inaugural balls.

The exhibit Inaugural Impressions: Oklahoma’s First Ladies Go to the Ball will open on Friday, June 7. The show will contextualize their roles by highlighting how they presented themselves to the public at their husbands’ inaugurations. An array of fashions worn by first ladies will be displayed, along with biographies that explore their contributions to the people of Oklahoma.

Many of Oklahoma’s first ladies have taken a leading role in our state’s history as dedicated homemakers and mothers, political activists, or by raising money and awareness for social causes. The exhibit will encourage visitors to walk in the shoes of Oklahoma’s first ladies, from Lillian Haskell, to the first female governor, Mary Fallin, while learning more about the state’s history.

A special members-only reception at the Oklahoma History Center will be held on Thursday, June 6. The reception will feature hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Some of Oklahoma’s living first ladies have promised to attend the event. Details to follow.

Inaugural Impressions will be open in the Noble Gallery through May 30, 2025.


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Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105