Oklahoma City – November 16, 2010 – Avoid the chaos of post-Thanksgiving shopping and gather the entire family for a FREE visit to the Oklahoma History Center!  In celebration of our 5th year anniversary, all guests will be admitted free on Saturday, November 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

 

Just five years after the doors opened, the Oklahoma History Center surpasses its 1-millionth visitor.  In addition to daily visitors, the museum provides educational services that have impacted more the 330,000 children and adults.  This includes field trips, living history programs, educational trunks, and other special events that creatively teach Oklahoma history.

 

 “This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to Oklahoma and all of our guests for making the Oklahoma History Center and its exhibitions and programs a huge success,” said Museum Director Dan Provo.  “We are looking forward to serving the state for many years to come.  Please join us on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and spend some stress-free time with the family.  We offer five galleries that explore the richness of Oklahoma history, a wonderful gift shop with something for everyone.  In addition, the Winnie Mae café offers a variety of sandwiches, salads and soups.  Come and celebrate with us!” 

 

Since opening in November of 2005, the Oklahoma History Center has continued to collect, preserve and share the history of Oklahoma through artifacts and interpretation.  In the special exhibits gallery, visitors can learn about some of the extraordinary musicians who are from our great state and how they changed the national and international music scene (“Another Hot Oklahoma Night”).  Learn about the many cartoonists who were born in Oklahoma and gave their talent to the world in an uncanny way.  The famous comic strip Dick Tracy and many others were produced from the creative minds of Oklahomans (“The Uncanny Adventures of Okie Cartoonists”).  Other galleries include the history of American Indians,  politics, the land run, African Americans, and oil and gas, and so much more!  There is something for everyone and for all areas of interest.  

 

The Oklahoma History Center houses the Oklahoma Museum of History, the administration of the Oklahoma Historical Society and its Research Divisions.  For more information about all the different types of educational programs, and upcoming events visit www.okhistorycenter.org or call (405) 522-0765.  Located just east of the Capitol, the Oklahoma History Center is on the corner of Northeast 23rd and Laird in Oklahoma City and is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

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Michael Dean

Public Relations Director

Oklahoma Historical Society

800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive

Oklahoma City, OK  73105-7917

(405) 522-5241

mdean@okhistory.org

www.okhistory.org