June 23, 2021

Hunter’s Home in Park Hill is the only remaining pre–Civil War plantation home in Oklahoma. A kitchen garden, field crops, orchards, animals, and a mercantile store give visitors a window into life on an antebellum Cherokee plantation. Visitors can experience a vibrant living history season this summer with interpreters demonstrating 19th-century trades, chores, cooking, gardening, and crafts. In-person guests will see a new addition to the 19th-century authenticity in the form of a five-year-old registered Merino ram that came to live at Hunter’s Home in May. A new spilt-rail fence enclosure now secures a place for Harvey, the first ram to inhabit the site since the Civil War. 

After more than a year of closure due to the pandemic, Hunter’s Home has resumed guided house tours Tuesday through Saturday, every hour beginning at 10 a.m. The last tour will begin at 3 p.m. For the first time in decades, the stanchions inside the historic home have been removed and staff will be leading tours into the home’s rooms along designated paths. Guests and staff are required to wear masks correctly at all times while inside the home.

For those who are not quite ready to tour the house in person, during the month of July Hunter’s Home will continue its “Life at Hunter’s Home” subscription Facebook group. “Life at Hunter’s Home: Cooking and Crafts” will present video workshops including a kitchen demonstration about roasting ears of corn and a video about making handmade fans for the warm months of summer.

“Life at Hunter’s Home” is a paid subscription Facebook group. Each month, staff feature behind-the-scenes videos, a cooking or gardening segment, and a craft demonstration or miniworkshop. The cost for all-access to the “Life at Hunter’s Home” Facebook group for the month of July is $10. Members have access to the demonstrations and workshops of the month as well as those from past months. Call 918-456-2751 or come by the site to register. 
Experience Oklahoma’s inspiring and adventurous past
at the Oklahoma History Center
The Oklahoma History Center (OHC) is where the past comes alive! As Oklahoma's preeminent state history museum, the expansive 215,000-square-foot building highlights the many people and stories that make the state truly unique. From oil and gas to aviation, the Dust Bowl to space exploration, tornadoes to the Land Run, All-Black towns to military history, and American Indians to Route 66, there’s a compelling story around every corner. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the OHC allows young people, families, and students to experience a piece of the Smithsonian—their national museum—through immersive exhibit experiences that educate and inspire through sights, sounds, and a number of hands-on learning experiences.

Inside the ONEOK, Inc. Gallery at the OHC, visitors can see a broad representation of past and current American Indian experiences through artifacts, tribal music, photographs, American Indian art, and oral histories from members of the 39 tribal nations headquartered in Oklahoma. Learn about Oklahoma's territorial history in the Sam Noble Gallery, then move on to the Kerr-McGee Gallery for African American history in Oklahoma, featuring information, artifacts, and re-created locations related to important figures in the community and civil rights history.
Featuring 25 black-and-white photographs taken during the decades-long fight over prohibition in Oklahoma, this exhibit explores the debate over the legality of alcohol sales through historical imagery. Born Dry is on display in the Chesapeake Event Center and Gallery.
This exhibit focuses on the many Oklahomans who played a part in the US air and space program, as well as early Oklahoma pioneers of aviation. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the Skylab 4 Apollo Command Module (CM-118). The final Skylab mission was the longest mission flown by any Apollo command module. Launch to Landing is on display in the Gaylord Special Exhibit Gallery.
In the Vernacular is a celebration of everyday image-making featuring 32 photographs from the Oklahoma Historical Society’s collections. Visitors will see fun, quirky, and sometimes odd images of Oklahomans. The exhibit is on display in the West Atrium Gallery. 
Outside the museum, the Red River Journey offers visitors a walking tour of the Red River Valley featuring landforms, vegetation, and important historical locations. The grounds also include the Devon Energy Oil and Gas Park, an outdoor oilfield exhibit with drilling derricks, a portable derrick, and machinery associated with Oklahoma oil exploration.
Discover more about the artifacts and exhibits at the Oklahoma History Center in our audio tour, which is available in English, Spanish, French, and German. Use the tour at the Oklahoma History Center to guide you through exhibits. If you are not ready to visit us in person, the audio tour is available by clicking here.
Complimentary wheelchairs, audio tours, audio tour scripts, and large-print versions of exhibition labels are available. Please ask at the Admissions Desk. View our Social Story by clicking here.
The Oklahoma History Center is conveniently located off of I-35 and I-40, with easy passenger pickup, drop off, and free motorcoach parking. To learn more about accessibility at the Oklahoma History Center, please visit the Oklahoma History Center's accessibility and inclusion resources page.
The Oklahoma History Center offers a unique setting for your special events, from the most elegant celebration to informal gatherings. For more information about holding your event at the Oklahoma History Center, click here.
The Oklahoma History Center Gallery Guide is packed with useful information including color codes to help visitors find the location of featured exhibits, maps of the museum galleries, and outdoor exhibit locations.
OHS COVID-19 safety measures

Per CDC guidance, we recommend that visitors who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination wear face masks and maintain social distancing in indoor public areas. All visitors, staff, volunteers, contractors, and vendors should continue to use appropriate handwashing techniques.

We ask that you avoid visiting OHS museums, sites, and affiliates if you have COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms, have a fever, or are otherwise feeling sick or unwell.
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