Snapshots, that is. Here's some stuff. Fluff and stuff. From here and there around the museum. Today and in recent weeks. Enjoy.
My phone made this video while I wasn't looking. It does that. Weaves together sets of photos I've taken, and then later says, “Hey, here's a video of what you've been doing lately.” (It hasn't asked me for hush money yet.) "Yesterday" was probably two weeks ago, by the way.
This came recently in the mail. A large, bronze plaque for the new gallery. It was a heck of an envelope.
The plaque is still in the shipping crate for now, but will be mounted in the new gallery before the dedication on November 17.
What's this? Coming soon, that's what.
Here, try the side view.
Now, let me just turn it upside down…. A little more....
Got it now? Teeth? Red Dirt Dinos opens in our Oklahoma Museum Network gallery on November 18! Follow this link to a news story about the exhibit.
Hmm, what else. Oh, the museum store and foyer areas!
(above) This is the backing for the donor wall. Major contributors to the "Donald W Reynolds Great Plains Discovery Center" project will be recognized here. The panel is roughly 15 feet long and 7 feet high.
(below) A herd of 50 longhorn bison (Bison latifrons), like this one, will appear on the wall. Latifrons is an ancestor of the modern bison, and serves as the museum logo.
A couple more shots from the foyer, taken a few minutes ago.
We're learning how to make dirt in these photos. Looks hazardous. Caution!
(above, left) Who is the guy? No, really. He appears in so many museum pictures. Like a ghost. You don't see him when you take the photo, but then later, there he is.... (center) Stirring her cauldron.... (right) Jeff, our Montessori teacher from the Science Museum of Minnesota. I had to keep telling him not to stick his hand in the boiling pot! Just does not listen.
That's it for now. Well, just a few more....
New toy! As part of our store remodel, we purchased a "penny press." What's a penny press? It's a machine where we charge visitors a 4,900% markup for a souvenir penny, of course! For only 51-cents (two quarters and a penny) visitors can select one of four designs, a prairie dog, buffalo, steam locomotive, or trading post, and have the image transferred to an elongated (apparently that's the technical term) penny. And for all you busybodies out there, yes, it is in fact legal to elongate a penny. Everyone should buy all four designs! Now let's see, 4,900% four times is 19,600%.... (ka-ching)
The Science Museum of Minnesota folk wrapped up their last big installation visit today. We're going to miss them. Here's a photo of the final crew, taken in our new ranching area beside the chuck wagon.
(standing, from left) Jeff, Aaron, Steve, Yana, Paul, and Dale. (front row, from left) Clark, Dan.
Some of us are more photogenic than others (looking at you, Clark).
And, speaking of ham(s)....
So long, guys, it really has been good to know you!
A month has passed since our last post. Hard to believe. But we've been busy. In fact, "busy" doesn't even quite cover it. How about really, really busy. Have a look at some recent photos and see if you can tell.
On the left, above, is the title wall in the entrance to the main gallery. It says, "Donald W. Reynolds GREAT PLAINS DISCOVERY CENTER." And so what's that on the floor? A closer view on the right.... The Great Plains! You can walk from Mexico to Canada, and from the Mississippi to the desert. It's a really big map. And in these photos, it's only partially complete.
Archaeology, anyone? The interactive dig site, based on an actual museum project in 1961, has finally arrived. This is a walk-in environment where visitors can excavate hidden objects. What's that? A mammoth tusk you say? But of course, what else were you expecting?
Although these two images are from different subject areas, they kind of go together visually. On the left, the take-apart bison. (Look at that eye, I think it follows me when I move.) On the right, a reminder that buffalo in North America were almost hunted to extinction.
(Below) All across the gallery, we still exhibit artifacts from the museum's collection. For the bison area, here's an example, objects made from different parts of the buffalo.
The Tingley Store area is way cool. There's an interactive area, a walk-in diorama, and this beautiful exhibit (below).
Another space is devoted entirely to the permanent settlement of the area. That is, the beginning of Lawton. You can step inside a homesteader's tent; look at a chair used in the 1901 townsite auction; examine surveyor's tools; or peek inside a trunk packed with personal and household objects.
Here's a glimpse of one of several large wall murals, this one in the early-Lawton section. Nearby is this case with firefighting artifacts, exhibited beside a 1920 Stutz fire truck.
Another walk-in diorama guaranteed to capture visitors' interest is the Council Saddle Shop. The exhibit has remained true to the actual feeling of being in Howard's store. You can watch a master at work, and then try some leathercraft for yourself!
There is so much more. The team from Science Museum of Minnesota has done an incredible job building our exhibits. It's all coming together. Our foyer remodel is well-underway, too. Here's a shot (left) from August 16, and a more recent one (right) from September 6.
Lastly, a wall mural--and future photo op for visitors--in the dig site area. This big guy is Bison latifrons, an extinct form of buffalo that serves as the museum logo. He's life size. Wait until you see what that looks like close-up!
From time to time, we'll post info here about what's going-on at the museum.