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!
Oh, that's right, the dumpster. Forgot for a moment. More pictures from today. Whew, am I ever tired.
We feel sorry for the guys doing the demo work in Louise D McMahon Hall at the museum. What a task! Dust, dust, and more dust. (And then a little bit of dust on top of that.) In the main part of the hall, the crew is getting back to the barebones. These are elements of the structure that haven't been seen since 1959. Have a look.
As we mentioned back in December, here, the Louise D McMahon Hall and adjacent areas are being remodeled. More chaos at the museum! But largely invisible to the public this time. Demolition started this week. Here are a few photos. The project will be complete in late August, just in time for us to host the 2017 Annual Conference of the Oklahoma Museums Association.
Here are a few photos of the snow today at the museum. We didn't catch the name of the woman who took these pictures, although you can see her in the selfie. Enjoy!
Happy New Year! If you're planning on visiting the museum around New Year's Day, please note we have special hours. Of course we're closed January 1, but we have limited times on these days, too:
December 31 (Saturday), open 10:00 - 4:00
January 1 (Sunday), closed
January 2 (Monday), open 10:00 - 4:00
On New Year's Eve, we have Old Father Time to deal with, and then on New Year's Day, Baby New Year. So the aged and infirm one day, and a screaming new baby the next. See, we have our hands full and need the time off....
Happy Holidays, everyone! If you're planning on visiting the museum around Christmas Day, please note we have special hours. Of course we're closed December 25, but we have limited times on these days, too:
December 20 (Tue), open 1:00 - 5:00
December 23 (Fri), open 10:00 - 4:00
December 24 (Sat), open 10:00 - 3:00
December 26 (Mon), open 10:00 - 4:00
It's difficult for Santa to get his work done without us, so we take off a few hours here and there to assist!
We're so pleased, and grateful, that the McMahon Foundation has agreed to fund a remodel of the Louise D McMahon Hall (our meeting space) at the museum. The foundation has been a steadfast supporter of the Museum of the Great Plains since we were just a wee slip of a thing. Where would we be without them?
We'll begin the renovation sometime in February 2017, and expect to be complete by August 2017, just in time for the Oklahoma Museums Association's Annual Fall Conference, to be held in Lawton in 2017.
Not only will the Louise D McMahon Hall itself be a stunning remodel, but adjacent areas like the public restrooms and kitchen are included, too. So, if you want to go to the bathroom in a vintage, early 1960s setting, better hurry to the museum before it's too late!
The Terry K Bell Gallery at the Museum of the Great Plains will host Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to the Matanzas Bay, beginning November 13. The traveling exhibit features 72 contemporary native artists from across the country. Their works portray the experience of American Indians forcibly imprisoned at Fort Marion, in St Augustine, Florida, from 1875-1878. The modern pieces, "reproduced in the same dimensions as the historic ledger drawings made at Fort Marion...[are] a contemporary response to a historical experience held intact within American Indian communities...." More information at reridinghistory.org.
Riding Home, by Juanita Pahdopony (pictured). Pahdopony, one of the artists featured in Re-Riding History, is a resident of Lawton, Oklahoma. And a good friend of the Museum of the Great Plains!
From now through March 2017, the Oklahoma Museum Network (OMN) gallery will host the temporary exhibit, Grossology: the Impolite Science of the Human Body. Come again, you ask? Well, let's put it this way:
Can snot or vomit be fun and interesting? Explore this and other secretions in a kid-friendly investigation of, er, icky topics. May be inappropriate for some adults. Must be accompanied by a child.
Now, feel better?
From time to time, we'll post info here about what's going on at the museum.