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Queen Victoria exhibit now open in Oklahoma museum

“Queen Victoria and the Victorian Era” is on exhibit through Feb. 22 at the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher. Artifacts exhibited include clothing and other personal items owned by Queen Victoria.
by Matt Patterson Published: December 25, 2012

Working late on a Friday is something Chisholm Trail Museum curator Adam Lynn enjoys, when he has a chance to handle artifacts from one of England's best-known monarchs.

“Queen Victoria and the Victorian Era” is on exhibit through Feb. 22 at the museum at 605 Zellers Ave.

Queen Victoria's reign began in 1837 and lasted until her death in 1901. The exhibit includes Victoria's stockings, petticoat and nightgown as well as a letter she wrote to a friend about the death of her uncle. There are also plates commemorating her golden jubilee in 1887.

The collection includes a signed document from her grandfather, King George III, who was England's king during the Revolutionary War.

Lynn and volunteers set up the exhibit Dec. 14 after the museum closed, working into the early morning hours to get it done.

“It was amazing to set up,” Lynn said. “It was sort of a whirlwind. But to be able to hold and touch artifacts that were signed and written by important historical figures in England, and in many ways this country, gave us chill bumps.”

The artifacts are owned by a private collector in Dallas who wishes to remain anonymous. The collector grew up in Kingfisher and still has ties to the area. After a recent visit to the museum, he contacted Lynn with the idea of loaning the museum part of his collection.

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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