Spirit of Color is meant to be a celebration of the talent that is and always has been in Oklahoma. The motivation came actually came from Randal Barnes- one of Inclusion in Art board members. He was asking who the artists of color were in the later 20th century in Oklahoma. And so begins this journey. It was under the leadership of the board president Byron Perdue, that this show would gain momentum and drive.
Literally. Byron, myself and other members of the board would spend time visiting with each artists that is represented. It was such a treat to listen to each of their stories. I think some were even a little surprised that we wanted to feature their work in this manner. However each artists: Marty Avrett, Al Bostick, Edward Grady, Mary Ann Moore, Wallace Owens, Melvin and Rose Smith, Michi Susan and Corazon Watkins, were so gracious and generous with their time. In fact when the interviewing part was done, I personally was a little sad it was over; but I was also thankful for the opportunity.
It has been an honor, probably one of the biggest honors of...more
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame is leading the way, creating an intergenerational experience for our very youngest learners in the community. My name is Carri Hicks and I am honored to be named a Gaylord-McCasland Fellow for the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. This experience stretched me to use my background expertise in Early Childhood, to rethink the museum experience for our young learners.
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame provides field trips at no cost to all interested Oklahoma schools. This approach honors the commitment of commemorating our state’s rich tradition by telling Oklahoma’s story through its people. I am so grateful that every student has this opportunity. This summer we spent time listening and learning, watching and observing how young learners experience the museum on their field trips.
We drafted a series of training modules for museum staff and made some adjustments that you are sure to notice when you visit the museum. This early childhood friendly approach to the museum helps us create more opportunities in the community. We aligned our activities to the Social...more
Today was the last day of Fall Ya’ll—so it’s fitting that we wrap things up with Mummy Day! You looked so spooky awesome wearing your mummy mask that you made with Patrick Riley. It was so colorful! I also liked seeing you take your picture as a mummy with the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art. Did you enjoy touching all the cool ancient Egyptian stuff that they brought with them?
I've really enjoyed watching you run through the cornstalk maze all week. Thank you for coming out and spending your fall break with us at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. We’re going to miss seeing you here every day. School breaks are a great opportunity to spend time with family and we’re so happy that you’re part of our Museum family—we love spending time with you!
We hope that you enjoy the rest of your autumn and we look forward to seeing you this holiday season for Deck the Hall of Fame on Saturday, December 14!more
Well...today was simply amazing!!! We had so many awesome families visit us for a perfect day! I have never seen so many colors on a pumpkin before! Thank you for a great day! We will see you on our Final day of Fall Y'All, tomorrow, which is Mummy Day!more
Today was a great day for dancing! I loved watching you dance while wearing the dance mask you made with Patrick Riley. You have some awesome moves and so does Prairie Dance Co.! Wasn’t it cool to see them move and jump and shake in a dance that was about getting a tarantula off? What a perfect dance for the spooky fall.
All of the masks turned out so good! I saw you wearing it to dance, watch Happy Feet in the theater and play basketball in the courtyard. The weather was perfect for running through the corn maze and jumping rope. We were so lucky to have great helpers here thanks to Whitney Rainbolt and Standley Systems.
Thanks for spending your Fall Break with us! Are you coming back tomorrow for the Fall Festival? I hope so! We’re going to have a great day with the Little Dixie Chuckwagon and pumpkin painting!more
Did you see the T Rex in the Museum today? I saw it dancing on the second floor, delivering mail in the lobby, showing off its teeth during arts and crafts, running through the corn maze, and stealing hugs wherever it went! I think it was excited that you voted it your favorite dinosaur.
It looked to me like you were pretty excited too! I hope you enjoyed snuggling up in the theater to watch “Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs.” Did you grab some popcorn? I saw that you discovered the prize in the corn maze—good job finding your way out! That dinosaur tail headband you made was amazing! You sure had on an awesome dinosaur shirt! Who put the roar in dinosaur? You did! Good job roaring during the story time with Greg Elliot!
I love that you came and spent your fall break with us at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. We’ve been getting great feedback from you all on our evaluations and it means so much to us to know that you’re making memories with your family, feeling pride in your state, and connecting with your community while you’re...more
Wow—so many soon-to-be stars walked the red carpet at the Museum today! You were so glam in those star sunglasses! I hope that you enjoyed making an Oklahoma Hall of Fame star craft with Lauren. I liked seeing so many different stars—striped, polka-dots, and abstract; some even had eyes!
Did you like watching the movie Sing in the theater today? It was so much fun pretending we were in Hollywood and watching a movie on the big screen. Reading the story about Buttons was fun with Ms. Bethany. What was your favorite part?
My favorite part of today is imagining all you kiddos all grown up, huge stars to your family and friends, making your impact on our community in big and small ways.
Thank you for spending your fall break with us. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow for Dinosaur Day!more
Today we kicked off Fall Ya’ll and it was fantastic! Wasn’t it fun to wear your PJs to the Museum today? I saw so many cool PJs: Star Wars, Dia de los Muertos, Mine Craft, Mario Bros, princesses, and more! You looked so comfy and happy. We’ll have to do this theme again!
Did you enjoy Mr. Jeff’s reading of the Pajama Llama book? I thought it was fun that he wore his PJs and sleep mask too! Did you pick up a sleep mask to match your pajamas? Did you watch Peter Pan? That’s one of my favorite movies—they stay in their PJs all day!
The teddy bear that you made in crafts today was really good! I liked how everyone made their bears: some were dark and some were light, some were fuzzy and some were smooth—a few were even abstract, and I’m pretty sure one was a werewolf. Just like everyone’s PJs, everyone’s bears were all different, but they were all awesome!
Thank you so much for coming out and celebrating autumn with us. I can’t wait to see you tomorrow for Hollywood Day!more
My name is Avery Brown and I am a member of The Oklahoma Hall of Fame Teen Board. The Teen Board has already made such an immense impact on my life. I’ve gained new friendships, leadership experience, and the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing group of individuals.
This year, we are selling the book If the Fence Could Talk by Brad Robison and illustrated by Margaret Hoge, to raise money for the Free Field Trip Program, a program that provides schools around the state the opportunity to visit the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum for free. Our mission is to give students from all over Oklahoma the chance to learn about Oklahoma’s story through its people and hopefully change their lives because of it.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to meet with author Brad Robison in person. He told me his story and how the Oklahoma Bombing inspired him to write his book. After the meeting, I learned that he is a person who used his gift of writing to teach children that no matter who you are, you can make a difference in the world. There is...more
Clayton I. Bennett
Boone Pickens was born an entrepreneur. As a teenager in Holdenville, Oklahoma, he slowly and methodically expanded his paper route by acquiring adjacent routes one at a time. After earning his degree in geology and working for Phillips Petroleum for only three years, Pickens struck out on his own and began Mesa Petroleum with $2,500, birthing what would become an international powerhouse. BP Capital, his energy-based investment firm, became one of our Nation’s most successful hedge funds.
No matter where life took him, Boone remained loyal and true to his Oklahoma roots. He never stopped investing in his home state and its people. It is through the Oklahoma Hall of Fame that I had the privilege of getting to know and working with this legendary native son.
The organization had been gifted the historic Mid-Continent Life Insurance Building in Midtown Oklahoma City as its new home by the late Edward L. Gaylord. Next came the major undertaking of renovation to allow the expansion of programming and outreach of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Boone immediately saw the...more
Thank you so much for spending your summer with us at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame! Today we celebrated going back to school—what a fun day! I loved watching your faces and seeing how much you enjoyed the book by Oklahoma Hall of Fame member Ree Drummond, read by Dr. Ann Caine. The pencil toppers that you created with artist Patrick Riley were super! I hope they make doing your homework fun.
We’ve enjoyed having fun with you each Thursday this summer and we look forward to seeing you for It’s Fall Ya’ll in October, when we can celebrate autumn with pumpkin painting, mummies, and more!more
Thanks for moseying on down to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. It was so great to see you dissed up in your boots and hats. Y'all looked swell!
I enjoyed watching you react to the story read by Jason Harris of the Chisholm Trail Museum. The face you made when he talked about eating beans was sooo funny!
I loved the hat mask you made with Patrick Riley! That was the most amazing, most sparkly hat mask I’ve ever seen! I hope you enjoyed seeing Toy Story in the theater.
Thanks for being part of our posse here at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Your always WANTED here! I hope we’ll see you next Thursday for our last Summer Thursday—our back to school bash!more
This year’s 5th Annual Oklahoma Born & Brewed was one for the ages. This has become one of my favorite events in Oklahoma, I look forward to it every year. If you have attended, you likely feel the same way. Spending an evening with local brews, live music, great eats and 400 of your new best friends all while supporting our kids, I mean come on!
Oklahoma truly has the most special people. Not only are they some of the kindest people, we have people making incredible strides in the arts, business, entrepreneurship, science and so much more. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame does a beautiful job telling Oklahoma’s story through its people, inspiring current and future generations that they too can leave their mark. The Second Century Board hosts Oklahoma Born & Brewed to fund free educational programming for kids all across our state. Funding these opportunities for our kids is vital. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum programming provides students with exposure and inspiration that anything is possible for them and they can go on to do great things. While...more
Through the retrospective exhibit at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, one can see how Patrick Riley's art has grown more whimsical as he's matured. The contemplation that is evident in his early Self Portrait, and the gravitas of his first mask, Medicine Man, give way to fanciful beasts and kaleidoscopic color in his later work. Much like Patrick, this playful art, such as Universe Man, take a jab at the would-be seriousness of life, following it up with a smile and mischievous wink. Inspired primarily by Patrick’s cultural experiences, the masks and totems explore positive and negative space through skillful manipulation of leather, splashes of colorful beads and paint, and the inclusion of textures and found objects. Many of masks are teaching tools, and Patrick regularly takes them to schools and workshops, allowing them to be worn by his students. This use has created a natural patina and a wearing on many of the works that adds another layer of intrigue.
Patrick Riley has a long and distinguished history as...more
Summer is made for Baseball and a great day at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame! It was so much fun with Brix and Brooklyn and the rest of the OKC Dodgers as we celebrated Home Run Day as part of Summer Thursdays. After a great story about baseball from Dodgers President and General Manager Michael Byrnes, I know we are all going to dream about hitting one over the fence and hear the crowd cheer! We had some help with our crafts and games from the Casady School football team. Go Cyclones! There were so many great glove and balls made at craft time and it was so refreshing to end the day with a cold popsicle and an official OKC Dodgers cap! See everybody on Cowboy day next week y'all!more
Today, Lucas Ross from the American Banjo museum played some amazing songs on his banjo! I really like the one called My Dog is a Ninja; I could tell that you also like it because of your big smiles and your giggles. I enjoyed hearing the music you were playing on your little harmonica. Maybe, next time, you can play a song with Lucas!
The mask you made with Patrick Riley was amazing! I loved all the jewels and pompoms that you added to it. It was the most glittery, poufy, colorful blue-grass mask I’ve ever seen! When you put it on, you looked like a superhero! A bluegrass superhero—that’s even more fun than a ninja dog!
Hearing a banjo and bluegrass music always makes me feel at home. It’s as Oklahoma to me as waving wheat or the wind whipping down the plains. What makes you feel at home? What feels like Oklahoma to you?
We really enjoy sharing Oklahoma’s stories, people, and traditions with you. Thanks for being part of our family here at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, the Official Museum of Free Family Fun! Even though school is...more
Today was out of this world! It’s awesome seeing you imagine and dream about reaching for the stars. Wasn’t it neat reading a book written by an actual Oklahoma astronaut? You can lean more about Oklahomans who’ve been important to space exploration by watching this video: Insert link here.
The space scenes you created with Patrick Riley were incredible! I liked the colors you used for your rockets and those shiny stars! It was super that some of you got so into the theme that you dressed up. You are so creative!
Thanks for spending your Summer Thursday with us. I’m looking forward to seeing you next week!more
Many of our amazing Oklahoma Hall of Fame members have served in the military. As we honor those members’ lives and legacies, we also celebrate the brave Oklahomans who keep us safe.
Over 19,000 men and women are currently listed as being on active duty in Oklahoma and another 13,031 are in the reserve forces. These numbers don’t account for the Oklahomans who are stationed or deployed far from home, serving overseas. There are also more than 300,000 veterans living in our state. To those men and women, thank you for your service and your sacrifices. Also, to the families of America’s warriors, thank you for your support and your sacrifices.
To honor our active duty and veteran service members, the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, is proud to be a Blue-Star Museum. Though we’re free every Summer Thursday for everyone, we’re also free every business day to military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Our thanks also goes out to our special partners today: the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum...more
Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Welcome to Oklahoma’s newest safari at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum where the Oklahoma City Zoo’s animals partner with the best kids in town to celebrate the release of Lion King!
We spent our day celebrating the safari and embracing the animals we all love so! From a story time filled with mini safari adventurers to craft time where we made animal masks so we could be the animals, we had such fun preparing for Lion King. Our friends from the Oklahoma Zoo and Botanical Garden visited and introduced us to their animal ambassadors native to Africa. We learned so much about the environment they live in, the food they like, and got to pet them! A very special thanks to our friends at Standley Systems that helped with extra hands today as awesome volenteers!
All of us, adults and kids alike, are ready to see Lion King and we couldn’t think of a better way to get ready or it than by spending time with our community and learning about safari animals! Thank you to all who joined us today!more
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman--and Spiderman, and Wonder Woman, and Captain Marvel, and Batman, and...
Evil villains beware! Don't you dare cross the threshold of the Gaylord-Pickens Museum,--or prepare to meet your doom! After all, every super hero visits the Oklahoma Hall of Fame!
Forgive me, I get a little campy and a tad bit nostalgic when I see the pint-size super heroes running through the courtyard. The excitement on tiny faces during story time, the incredible imaginations at work during crafts, and the confidence that radiates from those mini muscles during courtyard games leaves me as loopy as Lois Lane. It's all that amazing potential! I know that those kiddos will someday be featured on the walls of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Someday these kids will change the world!
I'm shouting out now to all the parents, grandparents, teachers, camp counselors, and other caretakers who flew across OKC in your SUVs, who wrangled screaming siblings, who leaped tall schedule conflicts in a single bound. Thanks for being super! Thanks for making your kids feel super! Thanks for joining us at the museum.more
I know the Fourth of July always ends with the bang and the flash of fantastic fireworks, but I have to say, I liked the way we started this Independence Day!
It was so much fun to enjoy bomb pops in the courtyard, read Abe Lincoln’s Dream, watch This is America Charlie Brown. I had a great time creating sparkler sticks together that we can use to celebrate tonight!
Independence Day is about us having the freedom to celebrate with family and friends. Thanks for being our Museum family. We always LOVE celebrating with YOU at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum! Happy Independence Day!more
As you celebrate America, keep in mind the 10 reasons you don’t want to miss the 5th Annual Oklahoma Born & Brewed!
What’s better than ice cold craft beer in the heat of an Oklahoma summer? Absolutely nothing! Come join the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s Second Century Board and the Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma on August 16th for quality beer and quality fun.
Reason #1? Beer. Always. As Oklahoma’s craft beer industry continues to grow, so does Oklahoma Born & Brewed! This year’s event will feature a variety of Oklahoma breweries, including (405) Brewing Co., Angry Scotsman Brewing, Anthem Brewing, Bricktown Brewery, COOP Ale Works, Iron Monk Brewing Company,...more
Today’s Summer Thursday was a dream come true! I had so much fun watching you all sing and enjoy a story with Rapunzel and Flynn from Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust Parties. I saw so many beautiful young princesses and handsome princes in the crowd—did I see a wizard and a pirate too? Did you catch Beauty and the Beast in the theater? It’s one of my favorites!
What did you think of the art activity with Mandy Messina? I thought it was magical! I love watching you all create art. I’m so glad so many of you drew your self-portraits in the maker space; we are going to share those with our donors so they can see that giving to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame helps inspire and grow the dreams of kids like you!
Thanks for spending your Summer Thursday with us at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum! I hope that you enjoyed the day and that it was extraordinary for you!more
Woo hoo! I LOVE Ice Cream Sodas. I like when it gets a little melty! I'm glad it is National Ice Cream Soda Day! I started thinking about Ice Cream Sodas the moment I walked in the Museum. My mouth was watering when Mr. Bruce Benbrook read Is it Warm Enough for Ice Cream? I almost didn’t make it through that super-cool art activity with Mandy Messina. Even though I am always excited to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, I just kept thinking about ICE CREAM SODAS!
You may think my favorite part of this day was the Ice Cream Sodas, but that’s not true; my favorite part of the day is YOU! I love watching you have a great time at the museum. It’s so great seeing families and friends share special time here—especially when that time includes smiles and Ice-Cream-Soda-covered faces. Thanks for spending the day and sharing your smiles with us at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum. I’ll see you and your smile next Summer Thursday!more
On a spectacular day here in Radiator Springs (or the Gaylord-Pickens Museum) we has so much fun exploring the museum and playing games. Luckily, we had popsicles to keep us cool! Our favorite part was exploring the cool cars from our fiends at the Route 66 Cruisers Car Club! We felt just light Lightning and Sally cruising the road, although we look more like Mater!more
Though it was raining outside, weather couldn’t dampen the Oklahoma spirit inside the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. Thanks so much for coming out and celebrating Oklahoma with us today!
I had a great time reading the book O is for Oklahoma with you, and learning more about our great state! However, my favorite part was listening to Wood Willow play and sing Woody Guthrie and other folk songs. It game me goose bumps when we all sang and clapped to “This Land is Your Land.”
Next, we went upstairs to create our own Oklahoma stamps with Lauren. There were so many creative artists in the room! Some kiddos colored pictures, and some drew their own. I even saw a stamp with an elephant on it and a stamp made into a paper airplane!
We also explored the Maker Space. Gabe designed a totally awesome track for cars out of the blocks and several people added their self-portraits to our walls. I love seeing new faces there! Finally, we gathered into the theater to sing along with Oklahoma.
This seems like a pretty perfect day. It may be raining...more
On a perfect (DRY!) day here at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, we kicked off summer in spectacular fashion! We got to explore the NEW Picture Yourself experiences RODEO! SLAM DUNK! WEATHER! We also had story time with Bethany, colorful and exciting craft building and popsicles in the courtyard! There was so much to do and so much fun was had. We can't wait to do it EVERY THURSDAY until Labor Day!more
Helping Hands Day was a hit! Working with the OK Regional Food Bank was a new opportunity and we loved being able to share that with our guests. We made masks with Patrick too! The best part was hearing Oklahoma Hall of Fame Members Frank and Cathy Keating read The Spiffiest Giant in Town. Governor Keating acted out the part of George the Giant while Mrs. Keating read to us about the importance of sharing with others. We can’t wait to have fun with everyone again for Summer Thursdays!more
Today we met the sweetest dogs in OKC! We had so much fun with Hank, Dixie, Charley, Elle, and Mona! These service and therapy dogs from H.A.L.O. (Human Animal Link of Oklahoma) help people all over the area when they are in the hospital, or need some love only dogs can give. They are very sweet and it seems like they really like to be petted!
We all barked and howled our way through the rest of Dog Day! We learned about May the Iditarod Dog and even made our own dog puppets! We relaxed in the theater with Air Bud and then planted a flower and made a bird feeder out of Cheerios! Tomorrow we are going to bring a can of food to support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and take home a copy of Will Rogers: Our American Legend! Our special guest re will be Cathy and Frank Keating, who are both Members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame!more
There was so much shaking goin on today at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame! Serving as accompaniment to the amazing musicians from OK SESSIONS we added to the bluesy jams by playing our shakers! It was so great to learn about the instruments and see how these amazing musicians bring them to life. Ms. Anita Arnold treated us to a great story Squeak, Rumble, Whomp, Whomp, Whomp and reminded us of the great contributions the legendary Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Charlie Christian made to the world of jazz music. Thanks to our friends at Standley Systems who volenteered to help us today!The courtyard was perfect today for planting a pretty flower to bring home, play a game of checkers, and make some chalk drawings. What an amazing day!more
Superhero Day was awesome! Bob Burke read A Superpower for Me and we had planted so many pansies! Captain America and Spiderman and many more all came to visit. The best part though was seeing Kevin Stark from the Toy & Action Figure Museum design a superhero with all of the visitors. They gave it unique characteristics and we decided what powers they would have. Then we all got to design our own! Superhero Day was so fun and we can’t wait for tomorrow’s Jazz Day!more
Today we ventured through the Wild Wild West! We built pueblo houses with Mandy and planted pansies in the courtyard. Our favorite part was Mattie Reading Cowboy Camp to everyone! It was a great story and we all felt like we were exploring the Wild Wild West right here at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame! We had so much fun today and we can't wait to do it again tomorrow!more
Spring is in the air and that means baseball season is here! Today we loved having the OKC Dodgers here to read about the Commerce Comet - Mickey Mantle, make a baseball mask and play in the court yard! The sun is so warm and there is so much to do! Checkers, chalking, planting and tossing rings keep us busy and happy! Thanks to the Junior League of OKC for the snack, we needed the energy to keep up the fun!more
Giraffes, Elephants, Hedgehogs, Turtles and Lemurs OH MY! Thank you to all the explorers who visited us today! There was so much to see and do throughout the museum! Thank you to the OKC Zoo & Botanical Garden for bringing us some awesome animals to see and touch! We learned so much about their habitats! The craft was so much fun as you created the most unusual finger puppets we have ever seen! We are so happy it is spring and that you took home a flower and a birdfeeder to celebrate spring at your home! See you tomorrow on....Home Run Day!more
Sorry Kermit, but at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, being green is easy! Green Thumb Day started off with the tale of Grandpa Green. Artist Mandy engaged all ages during the craft time to create their own unique flower. Special Thanks to Kam’s Kookery who led the planting activity with Mint and Cilantro. When they grow, we will use them in some yummy recipes! It was so nice to relax in the Chesapeake Oklahoma Theater and watch Up all afternoon! Before we left, we even played in the green grass, jumping rope and tossing rings. We had a great time being green today, it is what I want to be!more
Courtney Shelly - Museum Associate
What a Wacky Wednesday we've had at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame! Thank you for wearing your most WACKY outfits, crazy socks and funny shirts! We are so glad you enjoyed special guest Kris Kanaly, OKC's own local artist, muralist, and rapper, who gave a colorful reading of Dr. Suess' "Wacky Wednesday" and lead a Plaza Walls inspired craft.
The Holy Kids joined in on the fun and inspired adults and kids alike to create their own mural art on butcher paper that will be hung around the museum! We watched Horton Hears a Who, planted our own flowers to take home, and put together cheerio birdfeeders! Whew, we're tired just talking about it.
See you tomorrow, where the fun continues with Green Thumb Day!more
A little spring rain couldn't deter the fun on the first day of Spring Thing! The vibe was mellow when we enjoyed the book Spring is Here!, read to us by Bruce Benbrook who visited us from Woodward! Then everyone got groovy when they made a flower power mask with artist Mandy Messina. Pedals of all shapes and colors decorated smiling faces. Next we got in touch with mother earth when we planted some flowers with the help of Cody from OSU-OKC Farmer's Market! We were pretty tired after all this activity so took a seat in the Chesapeake Oklahoma Theater to watch the far-out movie, A Bug's Life. Thank you to the Junior League of OKC for ending the day with a rightous treat! Today was a gas!more
Despite a wintery and icy forecast the storm missed us to the south and freed-up dozens of families to explore the Oklahoma Hall of Fame's Winter Wonderland at the Deck the Hall of Fame Teen Board event. We had a great day of crafts, movies, stories, food, drink, and a special visit from Santa! Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Teen Board!more
Johnathan Tully - 2018 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Teen Board Chairman
Throughout my years in high school, I have had many defining moments and realizations. The most impactful being when I began to understand my role in serving others. Helping others is a key characteristic in many great Oklahomans. Having both my mother and father working in medicine and law enforcement, I have always known what it means to serve. However, it was only when I began to volunteer and help other people that I truly understood the impact service has on my life.
Whether it be through volunteering around the community, or committing to service after graduation, I have learned how much seemingly simple acts of service can affect people. For example, something as simple as assisting an elderly person rearrange their home, had a very positive affect on both of our lives.
As I am approaching graduation in May, time seems to be slowing down as I look forward to the future. I look at those around me and feel great pride remembering all the people who have made an impression on me, over the years. Only now, can I truly grasp how the decisions I have made and the...more
Oklahoma Hall of Fame
On an amazing night in Tulsa, we celebrated the 91st Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony. The event showcased the deserving Class of 2018 Honorees and their Presenters, which were loudly and enthusiastically supported by the hundreds of guests in attendance. Oklahoma state pride and a commitment to bettering the state of Oklahoma were sentiments shared by all guests, who were inspired to continue to make an impact in the communities where they live, work, and play.more
Wow! What an amazing day at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame! We had so much fun reading a story about fall, watching Charlie Brown in the theater, playing in the courtyard and painting pumpkins! There were so many smiles! Thank you for coming to Fall Y'All and for celebraiting with us!more
Oh the places you’ll go, oh the sights you will see! Today at the museum our guests have joined the fun for the Dr. Seuss themed Friendly Friday! It was a treat to have Frank Merrick as our guest storyteller today, reading Oh the Places You’ll Go. After heading upstairs, the kids created lovely Halloween collages and masks of their own during craft time with visiting artist Patrick Riley. Our guests then got to enjoy all the excitement the museum has to offer, including our wonderful exhibits, our hay maze, and a special screening of Horton Hears a Who!more
Throwback Thursday sprang to life with Hall of Fame member Bart Conner reading “Rainbow Fish”. The Olympic champion displayed a glittering gold medal for guest to see while taking pictures and signing autographs. It is pretty hard to describe the moment that you see an Olympic GOLD Medal! I'll try. It was AMAZING! It was SO shiny! It is SO heavy!
Our partner the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City showed us some moves with a fun active game involving “Frozen” cards. This game offered chances to do some push-ups, squats and even burpees! Kids enjoyed coloring the craft and then headed to our theater for the movie, “Toy Story”.more
Sometimes you have to pick sides, but today at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame we celebrated two different schools, united by our love for Oklahoma. What a spirited day at The Oklahoma Hall of Fame! Bedlam Day was host to many special visitors, including Dr. Ann Caine who serves on our board of directors, as well as spirit squad members from The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. We started the day with a special story time lead by Dr. Caine, reading Austin Plays Fair by Tony and Lauren Dungy and made special football themed crafts with our favorite artist Patrick. Thank you to all the future Sooners and Pokes for making today great!more
The glamour! The stars! The bright lights! The POPCORN!
Fall Y’all has Gone to the Movies today! Guests arrived via our red carpet and walk of fame featuring Members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, then they were treated to story time and Oklahoma Gourmet Popcorn by our special guest, DJ Boles. Guests got to learn about one of Oklahoma’s most beloved movie stars, Will Rogers with the story Will Rogers: Our American Legend. The kids then delighted in a fun movie-theater themed collage craft with our guest artist, Patrick Riley. Afterwards, many of our guests enjoyed a special showing of Sing in our Chesapeake Oklahoma Theater.
We can't wait to have you visit tomorrow!more
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame was rocking today! With sounds of Jazz echoing the hallways, we enjoyed the funky and smooth sounds provided by OK Sessions! This gig had some real heat and those cats put together a real jam session on the keyboard, guitar, bass guitar and drums! What an awesome day movin' and groovin' at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame!more
Great Outdoors Day was a hit with a special thank you to Virginia and John Groendyke who read Where the Wild Things Are. Also a special thanks to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for exhibiting various animal furs and skulls for our visitors to handle. Teaching Artist Patrick Riley continued the fun with creating animal masks and coloring your own fishes! Plus with the outside games, hay maze, and take home s’mores added so much extra fun!more
Everyone has a story to tell! Today, we had a great opportunity to hear stories that were exciting and meaningful. With help from Governor Bill Anoatubby from the Chickasaw Nation, we heard about a cool rattlesnake and from special Chickasaw storytellers, we heard about how the rabbit got his tail! It was a great day to explore the hay maze and take home a special prize!more
Fall Y’All was off to an excellent start and even the stormy weather couldn’t put a damper on the fun! Starting us off was story time with Mike Turpen, who read Born on Broadway. The kids really enjoyed getting to interact with Mr. Turpen and his story, while also learning from him a little bit about Oklahoma’s own Broadway star, Kelli O’Hara!
Next, our guests loved their chance to become Broadway stars themselves! Thanks to our partners from the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, we were treated to a performance from the hit musical The Music Man and then everyone got a chance to be a part of the show! Watching our guests, and even our own team members, become Broadway actors and march about the room in a parade was truly a joy to witness!more
Cancer touches everyone, loved ones, friends, colleagues, or yourself. It might be mild and treatable or it can be severe and devastating. I’ve come to see that EVERYONE is affected by cancer.
My mom was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 and my dad with pancreatic cancer in 2016. Cancer is a hard disease to wrap your brain around because you can’t see it. You just see the symptoms. You see the outside of a person. But what is this invader on the inside? I needed to know what it looks like, how it works, what it does.
Being a visual person, I explored what cancer actually looks like under a microscope. It’s quite beautiful for such an ugly disease. A paradox. Cells are mostly colorless; labs use vibrant dyes to show the contrast between healthy and abnormal cells. What I found was something quite striking and eerie. It was captivating, even beautiful. How can something so malignant possess so much beauty?
To process this paradox and find meaning, I created a body of work dedicated to my family, friends, and strangers who have experienced cancer. Whether a...more
We all know that healthy eating and exercise are good for us, but did you know that an Oklahoman is the one who developed that concept? Yes, Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Dr. Kenneth Cooper pioneered the theory of exercise for good health and coined the term “aerobics,” which has now been translated into more than 40 languages. It’s incredible to think that this concept, which is very much a part of our daily lives (whether we follow it or not), was developed by a fellow Oklahoman and is now accepted worldwide.
On September 20th, our Friends of the Medallion enjoyed a special event featuring Dr. Cooper as the speaker. We met at Cooper Hotel and were able to see his vision in action through the Cooper Institute, a research facility, Cooper Clinic, where people from across the country receive yearly...more
Summer Thursday has come to a close as school gets back in session and September is upon us, but we couldn’t be happier with the summer we had! We saw so many of our returning visitors and met some wonderful new people in our community. Each program brought in a great group of visitors that we hope enjoyed it as much as we did! Thank you for making the 2018 Summer Thursdays so exciting and fun! We loved having you at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame!
We worked with some awesome community partners that we are very grateful to and hope to work with again. We loved having the Central OK Humane Society, the Thunder Rolling Book Bus and Thunder Girls, OSUOKC Farmers Market, and the OKC Ballet back for Summer Thursdays. We also had the chance to work with new partners such as the Toy and Action Figure Museum, YMCA, and Hearts for Hearing. Working with community partners allowed us to reach so many more visitors and share both missions with the community.
Thank you to all of those who visited and came to enjoy the summer with us! It was definitely a fun one and we hope you all...more
There’s nothing quite like rounding out another Oklahoma summer with local brew, good eats, music, and 400 of your greatest friends. Yes, it may sound like an evening at one of your favorite spots. But no! The Second Century Board, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, just wrapped our 4th annual Born & Brewed event on Friday, August 17th.
This evening has, for the past two years, been a highlight of my summer. And, if you attended, I hope you felt the same. For me, I find that returning to work on Mondays and working alongside a younger crowd, I always feel a little more “hip” in my content in contribute to the routine “water cooler” chat! Why? Allow me to share.
1. Local. Craft. Brew. This year we had over 15 breweries share their love for craft beer. Not only are they providing samples of some of their favorites from their shop, they are providing the science and methodology for how they came to this particular taste, what it means when they say “sour,” and why passion makes a great brew! I’m not what you would call a “beer enthusiast,” but I...more
Oh the places we'll go! Where to begin with Stories Across Our State? How about Tishomingo, with a jaunt through Coalgate, Atoka, Heavener, Stigler, Wilburton, Antlers, and Hugo. And don’t forget Hollis out west! What a great program this has been this year! We met wonderful people throughout these towns and experienced so many wonderful stories and activities.
Stories Across Our State is a free program designed to get kids excited about literacy and teach them about our state's history and heritage. Thanks to the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation we were able to meet 230 wonderful people in 9 different towns. Each librarian helped us coordinate and reach as many people as possible with this program. We spent time talking with visitors and exploring the towns we were in. Because of this program, we were also able to give a copy of Jane McKellips’s Dust Storm to each child that attended the program!
Travelling with us was Christopher Nick, the illustrator of Dust Storm! At each location, Christopher did a presentation for the visitors that went...more
Today we had the Oklahoma City Ballet here and we loved seeing so many of our guests dressed up to join in the fun! We started with the chicken dance, but were doing plies by the end of it! Our visitors loved making their own ballerinas with teaching artist Al Bostic as well. Dance Day was a great experience and we loved having a great partner and so many dressed up guests!more
One of the highlights of Hoops day is seeing how excited children got when they heard they would get a free book from the Thunder Bus! Combing one of their favorite sports team, an awesome colorful bus, and letting them choose their new favorite book while getting to meet the Thunder Girls is a great experience to witness. Volunteers from Ascent helped us celebrate Hoops Day too by shooting baskets with kids as they waited their turn on the Book Bus. Our visitors loved having more people to play games in the Courtyard with and we are so appreciative of our volunteers and partners. Hoops Day was another awesome day here at the Hall of Fame!
Have you ever ridden a dinosaur? I know that is a strange question to ask someone….but have you ever ridden a dinosaur? I have. And it was awesome. Today’s Summer Thursday’s theme was Dinosaur Day and it was legendary! Straight up pre-historic! I got to interview a special T-Rex and we learned that they can’t touch their toes.
We had over 250 guests exploring the Jungle…I mean Museum! First, we read “Me Want Pet” by Oklahoma author Tammi Sauer. We had a very special guest reader today, Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member class of 2013, Reggie Whitten! Mr. Whitten even brought fossils with him today! Next, we created stegosaurus headbands with teacher artist Al Bostick.
The last activity of the day was planting dinosaur food (carrot seeds) into ice cream cones with our friend Cody Yount with the OSU OKC Farmer’s Market! We could not have greeted so many faces today without the help of our volunteers from Ascent! Thank you guys! We had a full day and can’t wait for next week’s Summer Thursday! Come back and see us!
What a spectacular day of crafts, courtyard chalking, story time, popsicles and watching the movie UP! So many guests got into the spirit of the day and were so helpful! Our friends at Hearts for Hearing gave us great insight into the importance of helping others and we learned a lot about the great work they do to help children with hearing loss learn to listen and talk for a lifetime. Take a minute today to help a friend, or even somebody you don't know! You will have a big impact!more
Question: What is better than sharing an evening with family, friends and fellow Oklahomans?
Answer: Nothing, and it’s easy to say that Oklahoma Born and Brewed is all of those things and more.
For those that have never attended, or even for those that have joined us the past three years, Oklahoma Born and Brewed is a night like no other. The theme of the event every year is Oklahoma: from the food selection, flower arrangements, to the breweries, the event lives up to the theme and features the state’s best of the best.
The feature of the event is you guessed it, the breweries. With the help of the Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma we secure the best breweries, currently brewing or in progress, to feature at the event. This year we’re excited to have 14 breweries joining us including (405) Brewing Co., Angry Scotsman Brewing, Anthem Brewing, Bricktown Brewery, Cabin Boys Brewery, Coop Ale...more
As part of Chesapeake Energy’s HELP program, members of the Marketing Accounting team partnered with the Oklahoma Hall of Fame to assist with their weekly Summer Thursday event on July 19th. This week’s theme was Dog Days of Summer, and it lived up to its name because it ended up being one of the hottest days of the summer! What better way to spend the day than in the nice air conditioning and getting to play with puppies??
Activities included story time, getting to craft our very own puppy, exploring the museum’s many displays, as well as getting to meet some furry friends from the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. The HELPers had a blast helping out the kids with their puppy dog crafts and learning about all of the things the Hall of Fame has been doing in the community. We are excited that we got to help out with such a fun event and look forward to coming back and visiting very soon!
Amanda Dietz and Casey McCormack
On June 21st, the Friend of the Medallion hosted an event at the Aubrey K. McClendon Whitewater Center at the downtown Riversport Adventure Park. The event speakers talked about the past, present, and future of the OKC MAPS projects. Highlighting the event was keynote speaker Ron Norick, former Oklahoma City mayor and visionary of the MAPS program.
Mayor Norick provided insightful background on the history of MAPS including the precipitous event that kicked it off; the failure to land a contract with United Airlines maintenance in Oklahoma City. He spoke on how he and the planning team recovered from this disappointment and held their vision strong. Tom McDaniel, chairman of the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board, told of the implementation and planning to get MAPS to where it is today. In addition to the well-known MAPS 3 projects such as the Convention Center, Scissortail Park and Streetcar, the project also have opened 2 new Senior Health and Wellness Centers with an additional 2 planned to open by 2021.
Mike Knopp concluded the event detailing the origins of the...more
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame…What an unexpected treasure! I am beyond blessed to have been a part of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame these past weeks. I am honored to have been able to spend this time with such amazing people in this incredible place. The staff here are the very picture of excellence and show a true love and a singular focus for their mission. The Hall of Fame is inspiring generations of Oklahomans to do more and be more. No matter how old we get, we should never stop learning and I have learned so much during my time here!
Being the Educator in Residence has been a joy for me and an experience I will never forget. I love seeing the awe on the faces of the children as they move from room to room. I love watching them point to portraits with big round eyes and ask, “Who is that?”. I am proud to be part of a place that puts education at the top of the list and goes above and beyond to connect Oklahoma’s students to the stories that have made our state what it is today! I hope that my small contribution serves the Hall of Fame and the schools in our state well....more
We had such a great day with Route 66 Day! Oral enjoyed reading so much that he did it again and all of our guests helped him with the story of Route 66. We had OSUOKC Farmer’s Market in to help us plant again and our visitors loved it! Each kid got to take home their own plant and Cody from the Farmer’s Market taught them how to care for it. We also had volunteers from BKD here to help us today and that was great! They were such a great help and our visitors loved getting to meet, craft, and plant with them!more
What a great day!
Stars & Stripes Day was such a fun experience for all of our guests! We had our development officer Oral Blankson reading and the kids loved helping him act the book out. We all got to make our own shooting stars during craft time too. All at once each of the kids rose their red, white, and blue stars up in the air and made a “WHOOSH” sound as their stars flew! We watched the classic This is America Charlie Brown to celebrate the 4th of July. We had such an enjoyable day with our guests!
It may be hot outside, but it is always cool at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame!more
Whew! Am I tired! We did so much moving today that I could use a nap! It is funny though, I feel GREAT! There were so many smiling faces here today, it was so fun.
Our director of museum experience Marissa Raglin reading our story, Froggy Bottom Blues, and making all of our visitors into an awesome band!
Our partners at the YMCA did great leading our guests through exercises! It was great to see so many kids and their parents get active and enjoy the class together with such engaging leaders from the YMCA!
I have to admit, I also liked sitting in the Chesapeake Oklahoma Theater watching Madagascar! See you next week!more
What a great day celebrating all things Superhero! We had Kevin Stark from the Toy and Action Figure Museum and he read to all of our guests and then helped them create their own villain and superhero. All of the guests got creative so our superhero had a toucan nose and fox ears! The Incredibles played in the theater and we made the coolest craft and learned a lot about how to make colors out of other colors. Needless to say, we had a great time today! Remember...YOU are the HERO of your OWN story!more
The Second Century Board had the honor of hosting Gary England to present on his life, his career and Oklahoma weather. England has made many contributions to Oklahoma and beyond through his innovations in weather technology, many severe weather broadcasts, and of course his appearance in the movie Twister.
After growing up in Seiling, OK, England joined the Navy but after his time serving was happy to return to his home state to attend college at the University of Oklahoma. After graduating, he spent a short stint of his career in New Orleans but again couldn’t wait to get back home, “the grass is always greener in… Oklahoma” said England.
When asked about memorable TV moments England had lots of stories but said “the things that make you grow in TV and help the viewers connect are often just the real moments that happen by accident.” When asked about his developments in weather technology and what motivated him he said “I started everyday asking myself how can we make things better? How can we save lives?” Great...more
Today Governor Keating came to read his book Will Rogers: Our American Wordsmith for Cowboy Day! Our visitors loved hearing from such an inspiring Oklahoma legend. Governor Keating stayed after and spoke with many guests and the kids loved getting to meet him. There were some awesome crafts designed by some creative kids! After popcorn and a movie, we loved planting our own flowers with help from OSU Farmers Market to take home!We had such a great crowd for Cowboy Day and we are thankful to both our guests and Oklahoma Hall of Fame reader! We had a Yippie Ki-Yea Day!more
Ikbi means “to create” in the Chickasaw and Choctaw languages. In our new exhibit; IKBI: Chickasaws and Choctaws Sharing Our History and Culture Through Art, it was an honor to work with the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations to curate an incredible temporary exhibition that showcases the incredible talent and rich heritage of each Nation. This exhibition would not have come together without the hands of many, including Laura Stewart, executive officer of the Arts and Humanities Division of the Chickasaw Nation and Verree Shaw, marketing director of the Choctaw Nation.
Here are two beautiful works created by talented artists included in Ikbi, on display May 31 through September 22, 2018.
Joanna Underwood Blackburn is a contemporary artist inspired by tribal lifeways and designs of the Southeast. Her modern artwork depicts themes of nature, textures, and patterns. Joanna studied graphic design at the University of Oklahoma where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While there, she was introduced to various art disciplines including ceramic sculpture. This...more
All Star Day was so much fun! Despite the weather being soggy and wet, we had a great crowd. Teaching artist Brendon Williams led our guests through a craft about all stars. The craft was enjoyed by the kids, but the most interesting part was how Brendon kept everyone (including staff!) engaged with his process. To get the visitors to focus on him, Brendon used the gloomy weather and we made our own thunder! Brendon led everyone in a ‘boom, boom, clap’ that went right along with the weather and then he rapped to the rhythm about the craft that day! The energy in the room built until everyone was joining him!more
Emma Fritz and Musuem Associates
THANK YOU for a great ten days of Free Family Fun! During Spring Thing each day had its own theme so we really got to invest in those day by day. One day we were wearing cowboy boots and petting horses and the next we were playing with puppies in the Courtyard! Every visitor had the opportunity to dress up and really embrace those themes with us, which always enhances the experiences. Having different themes everyday also created a new experience each time for our return visitors. One of my favorite parts about these programs that run for several days straight is that we really get an opportunity to get to know our visitors, and encourage them to join us for our other programs in the future!
Overall, this program went so well! We had a chance to interact with so many new visitors and reconnect with a lot of our return guests. We always enjoy getting to spend days with our visitors, but being able to influence young kids to enjoy learning and exploring is my favorite part. Days like Hoops Day where kids are having a great time meeting Rumble, but also being encouraged to...more
Mattie Barlow - Archives Administrator
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame was founded in 1927 by Anna B. Korn to celebrate the wonderful history of Oklahoma and to honor Oklahomans for outstanding service to their state. The Oklahoma Memorial Association was the first name of the organization that would organize the induction ceremony and statehood banquet every year. Also happening in 1927, the Mid-Continent Life Insurance Building in Oklahoma City opened to the public and, just a few blocks away, Judge Robert A. Hefner, Sr. was moving his family into the home that would become known as the Hefner Mansion. The histories of these Oklahoma institutions would be connected over the course of the next 90 years. This is the history of the homes of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Robert A. Hefner, Sr. first arrived in Indian Territory in 1906, to practice law in present-day Ardmore, Oklahoma. After seeing all of the opportunity Oklahoma had to offer, he moved his family from Texas to Ardmore in 1909. In 1926, Hefner, Sr. was elected a Justice of the State Supreme Court. This meant that he needed to relocate his family to Oklahoma...more
Congratulations to the 2017 Class of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame! We had a great night of celebration and excitement as this deserving class was showcased to a full house of dignitaries, friends and family. This group truly personified our passion vision: The Oklahoma Hall of Fame believes there are no limits to what is possible. Every day we celebrate the legacy of inspring Oklahomans with all generations because Oklahomans are changing the world!more
Governor Bill Anoatubby
At the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, we believe there are no limits to what is possible. Every day we celebrate the legacy of inspiring Oklahomans with all generations because Oklahomans are changing the world. We strive to ensure that people in all 77 counties know that they can make a difference in our state, our country, and our world. Each of our organization’s programs strive to accomplish that goal.
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame addresses the need to build character, pride, and community to facilitate the growth of our youth in a positive environment. By experiencing our state’s rich history and heritage through its people, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame inspires people to reach their full potential.
Our mission now lives larger and louder than ever through our publications and growing presence on social media and digital platforms. Today you can search and find the “how to” of anything from changing a flat tire to building a drone. So, what is our “how to”? When people visit the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, they leave having learned the five characteristics of all...more
Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gaylord-Pickens Museum Staff
For two weeks this fall, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum was transformed into the perfect family fall fun zone. Daily story time, crafts, movies, and exploring the hay maze to find a special prize made for two great weeks of smiles and good times for all...Fall Y'All! Here are some highlights from our great staff who had a blast with our guests!more
Now Oklahoma students have one more reason to read about the accomplished Oklahomans depicted in our I Am Oklahoma Children's Series - all five of the current titles have been added to the Accelerated Reader list! These books tell the stories of opera singer Leona Mitchell, scientist Jordan Tang and more.
Accelerated Reader is software for K-12 schools for monitoring the practice of reading. Students select books on their reading level, read independently, and take an independent comprehension test on the computer. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level.
You can get copies of the I Am Oklahoma Children's Series from our Museum Store, bookstores statewide and Amazon.com.
Click here to learn more about our publishing arm Oklahoma Heritage Association Publishing. We are the leader in publishing Oklahoma's history!more
Last week we had the honor of inducting six outstanding individuals to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, recognizing them with the state's highest honor. The 2016 honorees were: Rita Bly Aragon, Michael Burrage, Dan Dillingham, Becky Dixon, Kelli O'Hara and Russell Westbrook.
The Induction Ceremony included speeches from each of the honorees and biographical video vignettes. Kelli O'Hara entertained the sold out crowd with two musical numbers, V. Burns Hargis and Mike Turpen emceed the event.
Watch the 89th Annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony On Demand on Cox, Sunday, November 27 at 6:00 p.m. on KAUT-TV and Saturday, December 17 at 4 p.m. on OETA.more