Exhibit C to host train display in partnership with local non-profits
OKC Non-profit Retro Metro to debut new diorama
OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 26, 2017) – Exhibit C in Bricktown is now home to a historic display that showcases the history of commerce and passenger rail and includes rare photographs of the development of Oklahoma City’s premier downtown destination. The display, formally featured in the Miller-Jackson building, has been revitalized and updated, giving the more than six million estimated visitors to Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district an insight into how the area was transformed from a hub of commerce and industry into one of the state’s top destinations for entertainment, culture and history.
The display is one of a series of cooperative efforts between two local non-profits, the Oklahoma Railway Museum and Retro Metro OKC. The Oklahoma Railway Museum restores and operates vintage trains and preserves and displays the state’s railway heritage. values preserving artifacts and history of the railway heritage. Railways used to consume a large portion of the Bricktown area and the museum strives to uphold the memories and images of these railways through education. Retro Metro OKC is also dedicated to educating the community and its visitors about local history by collecting, preserving, displaying and interpreting materials reflecting the heritage of Oklahoma City. Both organizations value telling the story of the critical role passenger and freight travel played in Bricktown’s development.
Paige Williams Shepherd, director of corporate development and tourism for the Chickasaw Nation, said Exhibit C partnered with OKC non-profit Retro Metro to house the display in Bricktown that showcases the history of how our district came to be after the depot originated.
“Exhibit C is honored to host this historical display,” said Shepherd. “While offering visitors to Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district a place to gather information on history and art of the Chickasaw people, we are now able to also offer an exclusive location where guests can find out more about Oklahoma City history as well. By offering a dynamic collection of art and culture, Exhibit C strives to serve as an information hub for Bricktown guests. Our visitors can now learn about the rise of the thriving district Exhibit C calls home from the days of the railroad era.”
Visitors to Exhibit C can expect to learn about Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district though an array of photos, detailed information, and a diorama created by Sam Mills with the Oklahoma Railway Museum that depicts the two-story Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway passenger depot that stood just south of Reno Avenue on the current site of the Lower Bricktown fountain. The two-story depot, constructed from Oklahoma limestone, was the only passenger station in Bricktown, which also was home to multiple freight depots. The display also offers historical insights to the heritage and culture that built and founded Oklahoma City.
“The mission of the exhibit is to educate people about the role Bricktown and its railroad operations played in the early development of Oklahoma City,” said Steve Lackmeyer, president of Retro Metro OKC. “Bricktown is rich with history and full of beauty and we want people to experience the narrative of our premier historic and entertainment district that was once the industrial and rail hub of Oklahoma City.”
Those interested in viewing the Retro Metro OKC Bricktown exhibit can visit Exhibit C daily from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
For more information, please visit Exhibit C’s website at: http://www.exhibitcgallery.com/.