Tales from the Trail: 20 Years in Words and Pictures
May 24 – July 5, 2018
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center to celebrate 20 years with summer exhibit
In this upcoming summer exhibit, “Tales of the Trail: 20 Years in Words and Pictures,” visitors will get a retrospective look at its first 20 years as seen through the eyes of news reporters, photographers, writers, area youth and staff.
“Tales of the Trail” will include a curated collection of newspaper clippings, original photographs, books about the Chisholm Trail, published student art and writings and more. There will also be a special model train station exhibited in the center of the room, which will remain up throughout the entire summer, as the featured exhibit changes mid-summer. In April 1998, the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center opened its doors and unveiled the highly-anticipated “On the Chisholm Trail Monument” created by Oklahoma sculptor Paul Moore over a two-year labor-intensive process. The opening was attended by dignitaries and hundreds of people and press from throughout the state.
“This exhibit will give many people a chance to relive memories, and for others, a chance to see history that they might not have experienced, or were too young to remember their involvement with the Heritage Center,” said Toni Hopper, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator, who is also curating the collections for the exhibit. “There are so many wonderful news articles and actual photographs that have been preserved over the years and now we get a chance to show them off in one exhibit. It is quite fascinating to look back and see how much has changed in 20 years.”
At the time, the bronze monument at nearly 35-feet long and 15-feet high, was the largest of its kind in a tribute to the Chisholm Trail. The statue, commissioned by Thomas McCasland Jr., was named in 2014, as a “20 Objects that Shape Oklahoma” in “Oklahoma Magazine.” Additions in facility and exhibits have expanded what was once a small visitor center into an Oklahoma top attraction, and a top 10 western museum as designated twice by True West Magazine. It also earned a National Day of the Cowboy “Cowboy’s Keeper Award” in 2016. The Heritage Center is also known for its exclusive 4d Experience Theater, featuring the On the Chisholm Trail movie.
Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George
July 7 – Sept. 3, 2018 (Opening Date Tentative)
“Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George” will be the second exhibit during the summer of 2018.
Photographer Preston George became interested in the steam locomotives during the Great Depression, and captured black and white images using a Kodak camera. Eventually, he switched to a Graflex camera to photograph the trains as they cruised through Oklahoma. This exhibit is from the Oklahoma History Center and the Heritage Center staff and members are excited for its arrival. A special exhibit is being installed in the center of the room, by longtime CTHC Association member Rick Duncan, who is also a train enthusiast. Numerous railroad lines traversed through Oklahoma – including the Frisco, the Katy and heavy duty locomotives from the Kansas City Southern and Santa Fe lines. Duncan’s history is deeply connected to the railroad industry, which even today, promotes an active railroad organization and is home to the Rock Island 905 Historical Museum. Duncan’s interactive train set should delight all ages. Images to be featured in this exhibit are included in a book of the same title, by author Augustus J. Veenendaal Jr.
Tiger Art: The Legacy Lives On
Dana Tiger, Christie and Coleman
Oct. 18 – Jan. 16, 2019
Dana Tiger is the daughter of the late Jerome Tiger (1941-67) and she, along with her children, both adults now, Hvresse Christie Blair, and her brother, Coleman Tiger Blair, will exhibit their work, Oct. 18 to Jan. 16, 2019.
More information will be added soon!