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August 25, 2011

CSRHC opening an outdoorsman exhibit

ENID — The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is preparing to open a new, temporary exhibit developed by the Oklahoma History Center and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife

Conservation entitled Field, Forest & Stream: The History of Oklahomans and the Outdoors. Beginning on Sept. 2, Field, Forest & Stream will relate the history of outdoor recreation and conservation in Oklahoma. The exhibit space will include historical artifacts, dynamic graphics, audio-visual elements, and fun, hands-on interactive features.

Visitors to the exhibition will find lots of interesting things to see and do. Artifacts and manuscripts from collections such as those of the aviator and avid outdoorsman Wiley Post, the pioneering outdoor television producer Don Wallace and various Oklahoma-based companies will be on display throughout the exhibit space. The beautiful craftsmanship of a Plains Indian bow and quiver, the diverse shapes and colors of Oklahoma-made fishing lures and the charm of vintage Oklahoma camping equipment are only a few of the artifacts.

Three main topic sections are represented in the exhibit; hunting, fishing and camping. A special feature of the exhibit for Northwest Oklahoma is the addition of historical material on the Grand National Quail Hunt, held every November in Enid. The Grand National started in 1967 and has grown into the leading invitational celebrity hunting event in the United States.

At the turn of the nineteenth century, rivers and prairie streams were the highways upon which the early explorers and settlers depended as they crossed the wilds of Indian Territory.  Later, as some of these waterways were dammed to create the large lakes we know today, sporting opportunities increased for all Oklahomans.

Visitors will learn about the development of Oklahoma’s national forests, game management areas, wildlife refuges, preserves, and state parks. Since the Territorial Legislature of the 1890s enacted the first hunting laws, it has been a long road to recovery for Oklahoma’s wildlife. Visitors will experience this dramatic comeback and how Oklahomans past and present have enjoyed this valuable resource. Guests can choose between a number of outdoor sport and conservation activities with a history lesson or two thrown in.

The camp section of the exhibit explores the cultural history behind this popular form of outdoor recreation. See and experience examples of vintage camping equipment, camping methods and Oklahoma recipes from over the years.

An exhibit Preview Party for the CSRHC membership will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 1. CSRHC members attend free of charge. Non-members admission is $5 at the door. The exhibit will run through Jan. 15.

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