Who would've guessed that in Hawaii, the day that recognizes the practice of giving and receiving floral wreaths (you know, like on Fantasy Island), May 1, was first suggested by a Lawtonian? Don Blanding? Did you know that? (If you say yes, we're not going to believe you. So don't spoil our fun.)
Through September 30, the Museum of the Great Plains is featuring selections from A Grand Time Living: The Art of Don Blanding. The temporary exhibit is located in the museum's Terry K Bell Gallery. Pottery, poetry, pen and ink drawings by Blanding--even a Hawaiian shirt in his signature design--are on display.
Be sure to visit! If you stop at our People of the Plains exhibit on your way to the Bell Gallery, you can read about Don Blanding there, too. You might discover another piece of trivia, someone Blanding knew as a child in Lawton, a girl who became, well, famous. (We're not saying any more than that.)
That's the job of museums, of course, to make you, the visitor, a smarty pants, so people groan whenever you start with, "Bet you didn't know...." Spend some time with us, and mission accomplished.
From time to time, we'll post info here about what's going on at the museum.