Elmer Thomas Park is a great location, but occasionally we just can't compete. This Saturday, July 1, "Freedom Festival" will take place in the park. Most of the area will be reduced to pedestrian traffic, and the parking lots will be full. So, we're saying "uncle" and closing the museum on Saturday. But if you're in the neighborhood, enjoy Freedom Festival, which begins at 11am and ends after dark with a great fireworks show. More information here.
New at the Museum of the Great Plains! In the Oklahoma Museum Network Gallery, we're featuring "Tape & Tunnels" through August 2017. Next door, in the Terry K Bell Gallery, you can see miniature animals and sets from the museum's "Hamburg Zoo" collection, which will run through June 2017. And if you're really enterprising, maybe you can build a tape tunnel (skywalk) from the OMN area into the Bell Gallery.... Oh wait, you'd have to knock down a wall, so on second thought, nevermind.
It's that time again! Join us on Saturday, April 8, from 10:00-2:00 for this year's "Fifth Season" event, courtesy of KSWO-TV. Admission is free. For more information, visit <https://fifthseason.pgtb.me/7rsh7k>. See you on Saturday!
We're glad the floor scrapers, concrete saws and jackhammers aren't needed anymore, it's a lot quieter around the museum. Lately, the work has been mainly plumbing and power distribution. Kind of like this:
We (museum staff) may think it's bad, but the people hammering into the foundation, penetrating brick walls, removing mortar beneath flagstone, and scraping floor tiles off the slab must think it's that much worse. If wars were fought with jackhammers, that's what part of the museum sounds like lately.
It was a very noisy day. The demo guys were peeling up the flooring from the foundation. Looked like very intense work.
One section of the flooring is black flagstone. It's one of the few finishes that has survived (or a portion of it at least) since 1959. But now the slate is going, too.
Yesterday it was dead squirrels, and today, vagabonds. You must be wary of these people. They may be crazed flagstone addicts.
They say not to bury the lede, so here it is, dead squirrels!
There used to be a trophy case in this space, and the squirrels were found in the hollow space above the framing.
On the other side of the trophy case, in the hollow space at the base of the wall, we found this:
A "Virginia Dare" soda bottle, produced by the "Ellsworth Bottling Co, Lawton, Oklahoma," about 1960. We found a reference to the company, but in nearby Elgin.
And because everyone is so fascinated with I-beam numbering schemes--and who wouldn't be--here's the latest batch.
And then I guess there are these photos of things we're actually supposed to be focused on....
We skipped our photojournalism for a day (Thursday), so quite a bit changed by Friday close.
We warned people some time ago that the chance to go to the bathroom in a vintage-1959 setting was about to end. And so it has [moment of silence here].
This area (below) last served as storage for tables and chairs. Originally, it was a projection area for slideshows. There was a motorized stage here, too, that could extend into the meeting hall at the press of a button. Very Jetson-esque!
No, we don't do dishes. How could we, there's no sink. In fact, there's not much of anything in the kitchen now.
(Just some interesting shots that didn't fit in the other groups)
We're told the workers found skeletons in the demolition today. Seriously. And we weren't surprised. Last year squirrels found their way into the building, and traveled through the furdowns throughout this area. Apparently two or more were still inside when their entry point was blocked. Very "Cask of Amontillado," if you recall your high school English Lit class. And that leads us to our word of the day, "immurement." Bonus points on the pop quiz to follow!
From time to time, we'll post info here about what's going on at the museum.