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Oklahoma History Center to open oil, gas exhibit

The Oklahoma History Center will unveil a new exhibit next week, featuring an interactive look at the oil and natural gas industry in Oklahoma.
Oklahoman Published: February 7, 2014

The Oklahoma History Center will unveil its newest exhibit next week, an interactive look at the oil and natural gas industry in Oklahoma since World War II.

The exhibit, titled “Power to Grow,” chronicles the industry from exploration to refining to distribution.

Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, said the industry is an important part of the state’s past, present and future.

“This is where Oklahomans have become pioneers,” he said.

The new exhibit was designed to connect everyone to the industry by invoking their experience at the gas pump, Blackburn said. It opens to the public Wednesday after an invitation-only unveiling the night before.

About the exhibit

The exhibit, one of four in the museum’s Kerr-McGee Gallery, is flanked by a 1951 Studebaker under a sign from Cushing-based Deep-Rock, which was bought by Kerr-McGee Corp. in 1955, and the Chesapeake CNG Chopper, a custom-built motorcycle commissioned by Chesapeake Energy Corp. to run on compressed natural gas.

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