KINGFISHER — 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.
“He had apparently seen our World War II exhibit and noticed that we were doing some different things,” Lynn said. “He called and introduced himself and that's how it started. We're just so fortunate and honored to have it here.”
The collector asked that some of the proceeds from the exhibit be given to charity. Lynn said visitors who bring two canned food items can get into the museum free. And for those who don't bring food, half the $4 admission charge will go to the Kingfisher County Food Bank and St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Other items in the collection include robes owned by nobility and worn at the coronations of King Edward VII, King George V and Queen Elizabeth II.
The exhibit opened Dec. 15. Lynn said those who have seen it have enjoyed the artifacts.
“Some people were stunned,” Lynn said. “They ask how did we get this in Kingfisher. But you know when the majority of individuals gather at one spot and look intently, studying every piece, it's a success.”
The Chisholm Trail Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
For more information about the museum and more things to do in Kingfisher, call 375-5176.