Oklahoma History Center
On Wednesday, the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, will open four new or updated exhibits in its 8,200-square-foot second-floor Kerr McGee Gallery.
For more information, call 522-5248 or go to www.okhistory.org.
‘Power to Grow: The History of Oil and Gas in Oklahoma'
The new exhibit exploring the oil and natural gas industry and its powerful affect on Oklahoma features a 15-foot-tall reproduction of Tulsa's Golden Driller statue, a miniature working pump jack, a recreation of a vintage Kerr McGee gas station and the world's first natural-gas powered chopper motorcycle (on short-term loan from Chesapeake Energy).
‘Realizing the Dream'
The updated exhibit focusing on African-American culture, experiences and civil rights struggles in Oklahoma includes an homage to the late activist Clara Luper; a recreation of Katz Drug Store; an interactive map of the state's all-black towns; a vintage movie projector from the Jewel Theater in Deep Deuce; and a new display on Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.
‘A Sense of Duty: Oklahomans Defending Their Country'
The updated exhibit delving into Oklahoma's military history spans from the 1834 Dragoon Expedition in Indian Territory to the stories of state servicemen and women fighting in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Artifacts include Civil War artillery used in the Battle of Honey Springs, personal effects from the U.S.S. Oklahoma and a dress uniform worn by Saddam Hussein.
The new exhibit recreates and tells the story of the Heroine, a steamboat that struck a submerged log and sank on May 6, 1838, while traveling up the Red River to deliver provisions to Fort Towson in Hugo. Along with interactive touch screens, the exhibit includes a recreation of the boat's starboard paddle wheel, various artifacts recovered from the shipwreck and detailed scale models.