Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Edmond Historical Society

  • Edmond, OK
  • http://www.edmondhistory.org

Mission Statement

The purpose and mission of the Edmond Historical Society & Museum is: Celebrating Edmond History through Preservation and Education.

Main Programs

  1. 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse field Trips: A Six Hour Schoolhouse/Schoolroom Experience
  2. Historic Spring Break Crafts
  3. 1889 Summer Camp
  4. Victorian Tea
  5. Homeschool Day
  6. Museum in the Classroom! 1889 Oklahoma Land Run Curriculum Kit.
  7. Edmond Authors' Book Fair
  8. Trees in our Town Arbor Day Art Show
  9. Holiday Hop
  10. Living History Field Trips - 1900's Victorian Rodkey House
  11. Living History Summer Camp at the 1900's Victorian Rodkey House
Service Areas

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International

The majority of our visitors come from the Oklahoma City Metro area including Edmond. Many visitors come from travels down Route 66 or through the tourism department. We have students, international and local, from the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University, public and private schools, and home school students who visit to complete an assignment. Over 850 children visited the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse on a field trip last year and over 100 of those participated in Summer Camp this year. Admission is free to the museum with a small charge for some special events and programs.

ruling year

1989

Principal Officer since 2014

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Mrs. Anita Schlaht

Keywords

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history, children, museum, exhibits, education

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EIN

73-1329354

 Number

2138418691

Also Known As

Edmond Historical Society & Museum

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Edmond Historical Society & Museum serves as a resource to families, students, historians, tourists, homeschool children and teachers who want to explore the history of Edmond from Oklahoma Territory days to the present. This year we are celebrating our 30th Birthday with our largest exhibit ever "Celebrating Edmond History - 30 Years and Counting", with 172 objects and photographs on display, many that have never before been on exhibit. We have uncovered a section of the original walls of the 1936 WPA Armory building where we are located, with plans to uncover more in the future. We have purchased our first set of 6 museum quality walls for this exhibit and have taken down a section of the makeshift walls that make up our gallery. We have reinterpreted three of our permanent exhibits and have increased the number of tours offered with family guides to go along with several of our exhibits. Our Children's Learning Center continues to be a popular gathering place for the young children and families of our community. The future holds some major renovations and improvements to the building as well as the opening of the Rodkey House Event and Education Center in the 1900's Rodkey House adjacent to the Museum in 2016. This space will be used for rentals as well as additional space to increase our children's programming there. We also plan to move some of our smaller programs like Victorian Tea and Gingerbread House Contest to that venue. This fall we will be hosting a new Homeschool Day and re-imagining and reinstating our Scout Day for Girl and Boy Scouts. We are excited to host our first traveling exhibit since 2013 in the Spring. "Sign of the Times - The Great American Political Poster 1844-2012" to coincide with election year. We will add items from our collection to give this exhibit a local flavor and tell the story of political campaigns in Edmond and our state. We completed the fiscal year with a full staff of five full-time qualified professionals, three part-time Resident Teachers who provide programming at the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse, two Work-study students from the local University and one intern. We have two new Board members who will begin serving this year as well as several new volunteers.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

1889 Territorial Schoolhouse field Trips: A Six Hour Schoolhouse/Schoolroom Experience

Public, private and homeschools bring their students to Edmond's 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse (the earliest one-room schoolhouse in Oklahoma Territory) to experience a day in the life of an 1889 student. The immersion day is led by the on-staff Schoolmarm who utilizes a curriculum which incorporates the Oklahoma 3rd and 4th grade PASS Skills. The day includes reading from original period text books, lessons in social studies and even incorporates a moral lesson. The students use pen and ink wells for penmanship, chalk and slate boards for ciphering, and dress and eat as if they were living in 1889. This program has minimal costs for students to attend.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 2

Historic Spring Break Crafts

The Edmond Historical Society & Museum's Historic Spring Break Crafts program is a wonderful, safe, creative and handicapped accessible venue for students on spring break. This free walk-in program is held in the main gallery of the Museum, and coincides with the Edmond Public School District's spring break vacation. Historic Spring Break Crafts is designed for elementary aged students, and each day the Museum offers a different activity/project to our young visitors. Crafts are planned with an historic theme in mind and storytime related to the theme is offered twice/day

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Other Named Groups

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Program 3

1889 Summer Camp

The Edmond Historical Society & Museum's 1889 Summer Camp program is a wonderful and engaging program for students during the summer. This minimal cost program is set in Edmond's 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse (the earliest one-room schoolhouse in Oklahoma Territory) and led by a real Schoolmarm. The 1889 Summer Camp allows students to unplug from the digital age and experience life as 1889 students by dressing, eating, learning and playing as if they are living life in 1889. Campers learn how to write using pens and ink wells, learn moral lessons by reading nineteenth century age-appropriate literature, learn the importance of agriculture and enjoy making music using historical instruments. They create fun arts and crafts, eat time-period appropriate snacks—which exclude all processed foods, experience the art of storytelling and play games outside that were popular 125 years ago, such as Red-Rover, potato-sack racing, and Jacks. On the last day of camp parents are invited to share in an afternoon picnic, and watch a short program produced and performed by the students.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 4

Victorian Tea

The Edmond Historical Society & Museum's authentic inter-generational Victorian Tea is a special program hosted beginning February 2017 in the 1900's Victorian Rodkey House Event and Education Annex of the museum. Ladies ages mature kindergartner and up are invited to attend. During the program, ladies learn the importance of Tea Time in the 1800s presented by two living history performers dressed to share the stories of Catherine Rodkey and her daughter Bess. Ladies also learn the etiquette, traditions, and history of a traditional Tea, including how tea changed the American culture and how it relates to life in Edmond, Oklahoma Territory. In addition to enjoying polite conversation, attendees savor authentic tea foods, enjoy live chamber music, and take home a tea favor. They learn about prominent women in Edmond's history and about their contributions to our city. To make the experience as realistic as possible, Victorian attire is encouraged. This event brings women and young ladies from all generations together for an unforgettable hands-on experience!

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Other Named Groups

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Program 5

Homeschool Day

The Edmond Historical Society & Museum has a long-standing collaborative partnership with Homeschool students and parents. Fall Homeschool Day is a minimal cost program that provides students with exhibits and sessions on Edmond History, Commerce, preservation of artifacts and museum careers, graphic design and early education hosted in the main gallery of the museum. One of our 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse marms will be on hand to offer a lesson and story time and a lesson for preschool students will be presented in the Children's Learning Center.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 6

Museum in the Classroom! 1889 Oklahoma Land Run Curriculum Kit.

We love bringing the Edmond Historical Society & Museum to students in their classroom, library or after-school program with our Museum in the Classroom! 1889 Oklahoma Land Run Curriculum Kit. The program is designed for 3rd grade students, but can be adapted for multiple learning environments and grade levels. The kit includes photographs, books, and a teacher resource guide with information and activities. The educational kits are available for teachers to borrow from the Museum free of charge! We will also be providing some additional resources on our website available for teachers to download. Curriculum Kits include: A class set of reference books and land run stories that can be used in the classroom to enhance the lessons or provide extra reading for students. Four lesson plans that align with the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Social Studies, Grade 3: Oklahoma Studies are included. Six historic photos, excerpts from pioneer letters and historic newspapers, journal pages, graphic organizers, and much more are also a part of the kit. All the materials needed to implement the lessons in the classroom are provided.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 7

Edmond Authors' Book Fair

Each year we invite local authors to purchase a table and share and sell their latest books to our community. We have children authors as well as adult. We have a wide variety of genres represented. Authors of children's books are invited to share one of their books in our story time for our youngest visitors.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 8

Trees in our Town Arbor Day Art Show

The local art teachers in the public and private schools invite 5th grade students to draw pictures of trees to be judged in an art competition. We partner with the Urban Forestry Department of the City of Edmond who judges the artwork and presents prizes to the 3 students from each school. Winners works are framed and displayed in the main gallery of the museum from mid-March through early April. Family members and friends are invited to a reception to honor the winners and see their work.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 9

Holiday Hop

This new Christmas event will include a Christmas exhibit and craft making opportunity at the museum, historic photo op, cookie decorating, and a food truck at the Victorian Rodkey House Event and Education Annex, and a tour and ornament making at the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse hosted by our partners, the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust. Attendees will be invited to hop over to the Mayor's Tree Lighting in Shannon Miller Park and attend Edmond Electric's Downtown Christmas Parade later the same evening.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 10

Living History Field Trips - 1900's Victorian Rodkey House

Designed for Kindergarten - 2nd grade and Homeschoolers, this 3 hour, hands on learning experience will incorporate map-making skills, history, and social studies curriculum to meet Oklahoma PASS skills. Learning about the history of the Rodkey Family, Rodkey's Best Flour and the operation of the Mill, civic and community growth and involvement, and life as a Rodkey child in the early 1900's will make history come alive. Presented by living history actors representing Catherine Rodkey and her daughter Bess, this new opportunity promises to become a favorite destination.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 11

Living History Summer Camp at the 1900's Victorian Rodkey House

Home life in the early 1900's will come alive as students, ages 5-12 learn about gardening, needlework, cooking, music, and the Rodkey Mill from living history actors playing the roles of Isaac, Catherine, and Bess Rodkey. Students will dress, prepare foods, do actual gardening and chores and play games typical of the early 1900's in Edmond, Oklahoma Terrirory. They will learn about the architecture of the Painted Lady Victorian home built in 1900 by Isaac Rodkey, how Edmond grew to the town it is today, and the work needed to preserve history for future generations. This is a 3 day/ half-day camp in July beginning in 2017.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Service Areas

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International

The majority of our visitors come from the Oklahoma City Metro area including Edmond. Many visitors come from travels down Route 66 or through the tourism department. We have students, international and local, from the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University, public and private schools, and home school students who visit to complete an assignment. Over 850 children visited the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse on a field trip last year and over 100 of those participated in Summer Camp this year. Admission is free to the museum with a small charge for some special events and programs.

Funding Needs

1. General Operating funding for the ongoing programming and operation of the museum. With the new overtime restrictions we are looking at having to hire additional part-time staff with a goal to add an additional permanent staff for processing donations for our collection. 2. Children's Learning Center updates and repairs 3. Money for exhibit upgrades and technology in the main gallery. Money for technology for the Rodkey House.

Affiliations + Memberships

Oklahoma Museums Association member

Edmond Chamber of Commerce

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate

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EDMOND HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC .
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Edmond Historical Society

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Anita Schlaht

BIO

Anita Schlaht, Executive Director, comes to the museum with 6.5 years of experience as a Program Director and Director of Grants and Special Projects for a state-wide nonprofit organization. Prior to that Anita was a Kindergarten teacher in Edmond and owned and operated her own preschool in Edmond for 25 years. Anita and her family moved to Edmond in 1960 and have always been active members and participants in the activities of the Society and Museum. Anita holds a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters degree in Gifted Education. Anita is also a published author.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Edmond Historical Society & Museum celebrated it's 30th Birthday in June 2015. Through the years we have grown from one room in our current building, to housing a collection of over 35,000 artifacts. Last year we welcomed over 15,000 visitors from all over the world to our museum. We have programs and exhibits for children ages toddler through senior adults. With have easy access for those with special needs and offer guided tours by reservation. We continue to allow visitors to enjoy the museum free of charge.We are excited about the possibility of upgrades to our building and the addition of a completed Rodkey House Event and Education Annex to our rental space and programing venues. The 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse continues to be a popular destination for school field trips and Summer Camp."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Beth Kerr

University of Central Oklahoma

Term: July 2014 - June 2016

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