Oklahoma History Center

In celebration of #museumweek, I thought I’d share a little bit of our recent visit to the Oklahoma History Center. I have been doing some Oklahoma history reading recently so I was excited to learn a little more.  You can check out some of the books I’ve enjoyed here, here, and here.  Maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic, but because of the influence of Native Americans on Oklahoma’s past, I feel like I’m continuely finding ties between Georgia and Oklahoma! Do you know we have almost all the same county names in Georgia and Oklahoma? I really didn’t understand the significance of this until I delved a little deeper into Oklahoma history and uncovered the many interwoven stories of people displaced to Indian Territory, many of them from the southeastern United States.  Fun Fact, the Georgia state flower is the Cherokee Rose, which legend says grew where the tears of the weeping mothers fell of the Trail of Tears. How beautiful is that?! Ok, enough GA/OK romance, back to the History Center..

The museum is set up into several exhibit halls covering different parts of Oklahoma history.  The museum provides some great curriculum options on their website which can help prepare kids for things they might look forward to seeing.

As you would expect, there is a very thorough exhibit on the oil industry in the museum. It takes you through the history of oil in the state and then explains some of the most recent technology in the field.

In the exhibit explaining the era of pioneer settlers, the kids enjoyed the recreation of the one-room schoolhouse with hands-on displays and desks they could try. Viggo is looking at a cigar box filled with pencils which is where my grandparents always kept my crayons and I still keep a cigar box with my own crayons in my desk! I didn’t know that was a thing!

I looked over and saw Viggo getting a little emotional as he listened into this phone, and when I picked it up to listen, I realized it was people telling their stories of loved one gone off to war. So sweet.

He was really into the phones!

Actually he was happy all day 🙂

Question, have anyone’s children outgrown the fight to push the elevator button? (asking for a friend)