Telling history through objects
Our fundraising goal is to purchase exhibition quality cases for the Liberal Arts South first floor student area. These cases will provide real-world learning opportunities for museum studies students to hone their experience and develop as museum studies professionals.
Using objects from the UCO collection at the Laboratory of History Museum on campus, students will curate exhibits that preserve and interpret the history of UCO, Edmond, Oklahoma and our nation.
Located for maximum impact in the pedestrian concourse of the Liberal Arts South Wing, the cases contribute to a sense of community for students and visitors. Museum studies students and those visiting Liberal Arts South will all benefit from the exhibition cases and the stories told within them.
“The UCO Museum Studies program is a resource to our state and region, educating some of the best museum professionals in our country. I am proud to be a graduate of the program and I am thrilled to support this initiative that will enhance the students’ learning experience through real-world opportunities.”
UCO alumna, MA History/Museum Studies, ‘91
Executive Director, Oklahoma Museums Association
Please join us at the UCO CLA Research Symposium on March 29, 2023, to visit with Museum Studies students and learn more about this project. No RSVP necessary. Please contact Tiffany Phelps, firstname.lastname@example.org, about free parking.
*Any additional funds raised will be used to support the Museum Studies Program.
Museum Fun Fact Photos:
Museum Fun Fact: The wedding dress that served as the model for the Y-Chapel of Song’s stained glass “Marriage Window” is on display in the museum. It was worn by seven brides during World War II when materials like silk and satin were scarce. One of the brides was UCO student, Patricia Shiner, who designed and built the stained glass Marriage Window. A photo of her standing next to the window while wearing the dress is on display next to the dress.
Museum Fun Fact: The Central State Historical Society and the Laboratory of History Museum (which was originally called the Laboratory of Original Evidence) was founded in 1915 by history professor Lucy Jeston Hampton. She believed in using objects to help students connect to history.
Museum Fun Fact: TNSO’s first (and only) football from 1904-1906 is on display in the museum. The school presented it to Ed Klein in 1906 for scoring Central’s first touchdown. Autographs of team members are written on the ball. Mr. Klein donated it to the museum in 1932.