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Make Our History Less of a Mystery

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12:00:00 am

We know that all this history talk has probably whetted your whistle for more insight into what makes Oklahoma City the place it is today. Lucky for you, OKC is home to many history-focused museums and organizations that make it their mission to educate people about the past.

The Oklahoma Historical Society
The Oklahoma History Society has chronicled the history of Oklahoma for more than 100 years, and its Oklahoma History Center provides a self-guided exploration of Oklahoma’s past and present. In addition to having tons of resources available on their website (including several different first-hand experiences of the 1889 Land Run), the Oklahoma History Center currently houses an exhibit detailing the Century Chest Time Capsule unearthed in the basement of the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City in 2013.

The Gaylord-Pickens Museum
No one tells the story of Oklahoma like its own people, and the Gaylord-Pickens Museum specializes in honoring and preserving the stories of the individuals who have shaped this state into what it is today. Through its interactive exhibits, you will get to know the faces, voices and spirits of Oklahomans from every walk of life. You can also become part of Oklahoma’s history by sharing the story of your own heritage. Be sure to visit the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gallery to research the stories of more than 650 inductees dating back to 1928.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
The early days of Oklahoma City probably make you think about the Wild West, right? If you want to dive into Oklahoma’s Western past, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture – and it's located right in the heart of Oklahoma City. This museum is home to a vast collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including the awe-inspiring 18-foot “End of the Trail” sculpture by James Earle Fraser.

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