Historical museum getting face-lift
EDMOND — The Edmond Historical Society and Museum is housed in the former armory of the 179th Infantry, 45th Division, of the Oklahoma National Guard.
Built in 1936, the native sandstone building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum is undergoing a face-lift.
“The first phase is to restore the original windows located on the west and south of the armory and to replace the windows on the north side to look like the original windows,” said Anita Schlaht, executive
Other projects include repainting the exterior, repairing the mortar and cleaning off moss and mold from the building, Schlaht said.
French drains will be installed to help get the water out of the basement, Schlaht said.
Phase two includes new LED lighting, geothermal heating and air, and renovations to the restrooms to bring them up to Americans with Disabilities Act codes, she said.
The exhibit “Edmond People, Edmond Politics” will run through Dec. 16.
Long-running exhibits are about American Indians, early pioneers, agriculture, settlers, schools, businesses, sports, religion and community life.
The museum's collection includes more than 35,000 artifacts, historic photographs and a non-circulating research library with books and documents relating to Edmond and Oklahoma from before statehood to the present, Schlaht said.
There is no fee to use the library and museum, she said. There are several newspapers on microfilm and a genealogical research area co-sponsored by the Edmond Genealogical Society.
The museum has five employees, 20 volunteers and three “schoolmarms” who teach at the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse.
The nearby territorial schoolhouse is the earliest one-room schoolhouse in the Oklahoma Territory and a popular field trip for third- and fourth-grade students from across the state, Schlaht said.
Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is at 431 S Boulevard. For more information, call 340-0078.