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In the Vernacular: Everyday Images of Oklahoma Life

In the Vernacular: Everyday Images of Oklahoma Life is a celebration of everyday image-making featuring thirty-two photographs from the Oklahoma Historical Society’s collections. Visitors will see fun, quirky, and sometimes odd images of Oklahomans. The photographs on display were captured for a variety of reasons, including souvenir postcards, government archives, magazines, newspapers, and family albums.

Vernacular photography is a genre comprised of family and professional studio portraits as well as casual snapshots. These images are usually created by amateur photographers documenting personal history.

The exhibit will be on display in the Cooper and Gladys West Atrium Wing and Gallery. In the Vernacular: Everyday Images of Oklahoma Life opened on June 22, 2020, and is expected to run for one year.


A member of the The Standley Players traveling tent show
(2010.175.1.057, Standley Players and Knott Family Collection, OHS).