We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma
In 1891, Henry M. Wantland and his young family arrived in Oklahoma Territory and settled in Stillwater, a small town born of the Land Run and bustling with opportunity. He purchased a photography studio and spent the next two decades recording his world, not just the people, but also the streets they walked, the stores they frequented, the churches they attended, and the progress they celebrated. The diverse communities of central Oklahoma emerge from his photographs. The Museum presents a selection of Wantland’s work from the Dickinson Research Center’s Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection. The exhibit utilizes new research to reveal stories and details behind the images. Visitors will meet small town characters such as Fern Lowry and the Sanford West family, enjoy an early example of Photoshop, witness a protester exercising his right to free speech, and experience the fun of a 19th century carnival. This exhibition is organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.