POWER AND PRESTIGE: HEADDRESSES OF THE AMERICAN PLAINS
August 26, 2016 -- May 14, 2017
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
War bonnets are an iconic image of the American West, but the truth behind these emblematic items is more complex than the name indicates. For centuries, feather headdresses have played a formalized role in both war and ritual with variants in style, use, and design. This exhibition explores the history and development of headdresses of the North American Great Plains tribal nations. Headdresses, ledger art, and photographs from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum permanent collection along with headdresses from the Gilcrease Museum and the Oklahoma History Center will be on display.
CHILD LABOR IN OKLAHOMA: PHOTOGRAPHS BY LEWIS HINE, 1916-1917
October 1, 2016 -- April 30, 2017
Oklahoma History Center
Chesapeake Events Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Photographer Lewis Hine spent 30 years photographing child labor in factories, mills, coal mines, farms and in the streets across the United States in the early 20th century. Hine visited Oklahoma twice in 1916 and 1917 on behalf of the National Child Labor Committee to bring awareness to the exploitation of children. This exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center will present 25 of Hine's photographs from Oklahoma along with research about child labor, social reform, and the art of photography.
A CENTURY OF MEDICINE IN LEFLORE COUNTY
November 2016 -- March 2017
LeFlore County Museum at the Hotel Lowrey
303 Dewey Ave.
Poteau, OK 74953
This exhibit traces the history of medical care in LeFlore County over the last century. The exhibit shows the impact of health care in a rural Oklahoma community by chronicling the evolution of medical care, including home remedies, Native American medicine, antique instruments and medical texts, hometown doctors, and the development of a local hospital. Part of the exhibit will also profile the community's recent grassroots efforts to save the local hospital from closing. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and arrangements can be made for special tours for student groups.
ON FREEDOM'S WINGS
February 3, 2017 -- March 19, 2017
Rudisill Regional Library
1520 N. Hartford Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74106
On Freedom's Wings is a traveling exhibition celebrating one of Oklahoma's great African-American heroes: James Herman Banning. Banning was the first African-American to become a licensed pilot and the first to complete a transcontinental flight across the United States. Click here to learn more about Banning's amazing life and career and about The Greatest Story Never Told, a project dedicated to bringing the stories of unsung heroes like James Herman Banning to life.
The exhibit will travel to other Oklahoma venues in 2017-18.
THE WAY WE WORKED
February 4, 2017 -- March 17, 2017
Perry Heritage Center
222 6th St.
Perry, OK 73077
The Way We Worked explores how work became a central element in American culture. The exhibit traces the many changes that have affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. The Way We Worked uses videos, photos, interactive materials, and artifacts to tell the story of the impact of work on American culture.
The Way We Worked has been adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives. The five Oklahoma host sites for this exhibit will also feature complementary programs and exhibits that highlight the history of work in their own hometowns. Following the exhibit's debut in Perry, it will travel to Grove, Broken Arrow, Waurika, and Poteau through November 2017. The exhibit is free and open to all ages.
WATER: CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION TO PROTECT A PRECIOUS RESOURCE
February 1, 2017 -- February 28, 2017
Travertine Nature Center
901 W. 1st St.
Sulphur, OK 73086
This free, interactive exhibit portrays the challenges of water management and conservation in Oklahoma and examines the Congressional policy-making process. The exhibit features educational items on the effects of national policies on Oklahoma's water resources and information about how to engage with the state's policy makers. The exhibit is presented by the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and will travel to eighteen libraries and museums across Oklahoma through February 2017.