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Calendar of Events - 2018

Event: Historical Society Meeting and Pot-luck Lunch
First Wednesday of every month (except June/July)
  2018 meeting dates: Jan 3rd, Feb 7th, Mar 7th, Apr 4th, May 2nd, Aug 1st,
Sep 3rd, Oct 3rd, Nov 7th, Dec 5th
11:30 a.m.
Lee/Chamber of Commerce Building located in downtown Wilson at
1108 US Highway 70A (i.e. Main Street).

Recent Events

Highway signs directing visitors to the Museum
We received approval from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to have five large blue “tourist oriented” highway signs installed (on Highways 70 and 76) informing visitors of the direction to the Museum. We hope these signs will have a positive impact on the Museum, and the entire city of Wilson.

New lettering on the Museum building
Age and hailstorms caused the “Wilson Historical Museum” lettering on the outside of the building to start deteriorating. With the assistance of the Westheimer Family Foundation we had new lettering installed which should last for another 15-20 years.

Monument celebrating Wilson’s Centennial and mural donors
Wilson celebrated its centennial on November 5, 2014. As a part of the Centennial murals were painted on six buildings in Wilson. A monument celebrating Wilson’s Centennial and thanking the donors who made the murals possible has been installed between city hall and the library. It is complete except we still plan to have lights installed so the monument is visible at night. For more on the murals, please click here.

What's Happening at the Museum

Annual Newsletter

Mindy Taylor’s book honoring Wilson’s Korean and Vietnam era veterans was published
A Tribute to Wilson’s Korea-Vietnam Era Veterans is a hard back book almost 600 pages in length and is fully indexed. This extends Mindy’s work honoring Wilson’s veterans, and is a companion to her earlier A Tribute to Wilson’s WWII Veterans. These two books, along with The Centennial Cookbook: Honoring Wilson’s Cooks from the Past, are helping preserve Wilson’s past. The books are available through the Museum store.

Carole Gandy Pinches history of early Wilson to be published.
A first draft of Carole’s book, compiled primarily by going through all available Wilson newspapers, as well as Ardmore newspapers when Wilson newspapers were not available, was completed by the end of 2017. During the spring and summer of 2018 work will be ongoing to “finalize the book,” add many pictures, and then turn it over to the publisher. Orders will be taken when the book is closer to completion. The book will be a comprehensive history of Wilson—from its founding in 1913 to the beginning of World War II.

Annual celebrations in November 2016 and 2017.
At our 2016 annual celebration Orval and Nita Segroves were honored as “Friends of the Museum.” Both were founding members of the Wilson Historical Society and lifetime members. Orval helped with all Museum projects and also served on the Museum Board and provided steady insightful wisdom and expertise. Nita has always been available to plan, cook for events, decorate, and provide her able assistance in many ways, including The Centennial Cookbook. At the November 2017 celebration Beth Tucker was recognized as a “Volunteer of the Year.” Since Beth started working at the Museum she has shown great commitment and enthusiasm, and is always happy to show visitors about and assist with various research projects. Mindy Taylor was recognized as a “Friend of the Museum.” Since Mindy stated volunteering many years ago, she has been our genealogical expert and is responsible for the over 10,000 obituaries we have in the Museum’s collection. She has also put together a series of Lawmen and Outlaw books and has published two books honoring Wilsons veterans—one focusing on WWII and the other featuring Korea-Vietnam veterans. In addition, she serves as a docent and always helps with any Museum project.

A viewing station is in operation every day the Museum is open. It includes the following:
Correna Wilson-Pickens digitized television tapes, 1996 – 2002
School census records, 1914 – 1949
Early maps of Wilson, Healdton and Ringling, 1920 – 1924
Pictures of the last trains to Wilson, Healdton and Ringling, 1976: Ken Fitzgerald
Old oilfield equipment videos, 2007 – 2008: Duane Stevens
Spudder drilling rig video with Frank Carriker, 2007
Centennial slide show pictures of Wilson’s past
Bettes-Craddock funeral home records, 1923 – 1981

In addition, information stored on the Museum accessioning software is available for viewing in the Museum. This greatly increases access to pictures in the Museum’s archives, but still needs to be made more user-friendly.

New Museum displays and a thorough cleaning
We have established a policy of closing the Museum in January to provide time for a thorough cleaning and to update and change some of the displays. In January 2017 and again in January 2018 we have made significant changes to what is on display in the Museum.

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