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Oklahoma History Center traveling exhibits bring Oklahoma history and culture to communities across the state and country. Please contact the venue listed for more information.

“Where They Went”: A Photographic History of Oklahoma Animals

The exhibit “Where They Went”: A Photographic History of Oklahoma Animals features photos curated from the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Photograph Archives. The images in this exhibit represent just a few of our many images that express the friendly relationship between humans and their domestic and farm animals throughout Oklahoma’s history.  

Funding for this exhibit was provided by the Kirkpatrick Foundation.

On Exhibit
Jim Lucas Checotah Public Library
Checotah, Oklahoma
mid-November 2020 to mid-January 2021

Wanted: Dead or Alive

Images from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the University of Oklahoma Western History Collections, the National Archives, the vast photographic archives of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and private lenders are included in this exhibit. These black-and-white images consist of mugshots, crime scene locations, and group shots with criminals and law enforcement officers. They span more than 70 years, starting before statehood in 1907 and reaching into the late 1950s.

On Exhibit

Pioneer Townsite Museum
Frederick, Oklahoma
late March through early June 2021

Catoosa Historical Society Museum
Catoosa, Oklahoma
early June through early August 2021

Sand Springs Cultural & Historical Museum
Sand Springs, Oklahoma
late August through early November 2021

Jim Lucas Checotah Public Library
Checotah, Oklahoma
mid-November 2021 to early January 2022

Votes for Women: 100 Years of Women's Suffrage

November 5, 2018, marked 100 years of the women’s right to vote in Oklahoma. Oklahoma became the twenty-first state to grant suffrage to women by a vote of 106,909 to 81,481. This exhibit explores a history of women since 1890 who were among the first in Oklahoma Territory to lobby for the right to vote. It started with the Woman's Christian Temperance Union who wanted a voice in school elections. The grassroots efforts grew in 1895 when Laura A. Gregg, a National American Woman Suffrage Association leader, came to Oklahoma to push for a universal right to vote.

On Exhibit
Sapulpa Historical Society & Museum
Sapulpa, Oklahoma
early November 2020 to early January 2021

All-Black Towns of Oklahoma

Shortly after the 1889 Land Run opened the Oklahoma Territory to settlement, black leaders hoped to make the newly-opened lands a home for oppressed African Americans throughout the United States. Oklahoma was promoted as the land where African Americans could come for the dream of self-government. As many as fifty communities arose where only African Americans lived and governed themselves. Even though “Jim Crow” became the law of the land after statehood, All-Black towns survived and continue to thrive in modern Oklahoma.

On Exhibit
Black Caucus of the American Library Association National Conference of African American Librarians
Tulsa, Oklahoma
July 28 to August 1, 2021

Homestead National Monument of America
Beatrice, Nebraska
January to February 2021

Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George

This collection of images represents the railroad photographs taken by Preston George during the 1930s and 1940s. George photographed trains in his spare time while working as a civil engineer in Colorado and Oklahoma. Born in 1906 in Indian Territory, George's interest in trains began at an early age, but did not culminate into a full-fledged pastime until the 1930s when he said, “I ran across a copy of Railroad Stories, later renamed Railroad Magazine, and saw the many photos of locomotives and trains. This started me on a new hobby...Soon, I was snapping still pictures of locomotives with a cheap Kodak camera and trading them far and wide with other fans.”

On Exhibit
Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum
Sand Springs, Oklahoma
early January through early March 2021

Pioneer Townsite Museum
Frederick, Oklahoma
late August 2020 through early November 2021

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