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. Schoolhouse field Trips: A Six Hour Schoolhouse/Schoolroom Experience
  2. Historic Spring Break Crafts
  3. 1889 Summer Camp
  4. Victorian Tea
  5. Scout Night
  6. Museum in the Classroom!
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

Self-reported

Mrs. Anita Schlaht

Keywords

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history, children, museum, exhibits, education

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Also Known As

Edmond Historical Society & Museum

EIN

73-1329354

 Number

2138418691

Contact

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

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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. In our main gallery we offer permanent, temporary and traveling exhibits related to the founding of Edmond during the first Oklahoma Land Run of April 22, 1889. Housed in the Old Edmond Armory, built by the WPA in 1936 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, we are continuing to upgrade our facility by restoring and uncovering the original windows, adding new LED energy efficient lighting and upgrading our ADA accessibility. In 2016 we renovated and relocated our 5,000 volume Research and Genealogical Library into the main gallery to make it more user friendly and accessible to our visitors. Edmond Genealogical Society members staff the library to help with family research. Our Children's Learning Center continues to be a popular gathering place for the young children and families of our community. Children ages toddlers through early elementary enjoy dressing up and living life in our miniature 1889 town. In September of 2016 we held the Grand Opening of the Rodkey House Event and Education Annex. This 1900's Victorian Painted Lady home built by community leaders Isaac and Catherine Rodkey and owners of the Rodkey Mill, will become a gathering place for private celebrations such as small weddings, receptions, parties, and community meetings. We will also host our annual Victorian Tea in the house beginning in February of 2017 with children's Living History Field Trips and Summer Camp following in Spring and Summer 2017. This fall in the main museum gallery we hosted Homeschool Day and Scout Night with close to 100 in attendance. In 2017 we look forward to hosting another traveling exhibit, The Power of Children, and transforming our gallery to accommodate the set up of three rooms depicting the lives of Ryan White, Ruby Bridges and Anne Frank. A companion exhibit of local documents and artifacts relating to the early days of diversity in Edmond is planned. Our staff consists of five full-time museum professionals and four part-time Resident Teachers who provide programming at the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse and the Rodkey House, two Work-study students from the local University and two interns. We have two new Board members who began serving in July as well as several new volunteers.

Programs

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Program 1

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 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 a quill pen and ink wells, chalk and slate boards, dress and eat as if they were living in 1889. This program has minimal costs for students to attend.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Physically Disabled nec

Budget

$4,000.00

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, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Other Named Groups

Budget

$1,500.00

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 quill 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, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 4

Victorian Tea

The Edmond Historical Society & Museum's authentic inter-generational Victorian Tea is a special program, hosted beginning in February 2017 at the 1900's Victorian Rodkey House Event and Education Annex, for ladies ages mature kindergartner and up. During the program, ladies learn the importance of Tea Time in the 1800 and 1900's presented by two living history performers acting as Catherine and Bess Rodkey. 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!

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Other Named Groups

Budget

$3,200.00

Program 5

Scout Night

The Edmond Historical Society & Museum has a long-standing collaborative partnership with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. Fall Scout Night is scheduled in October. This minimal cost program provides Scouts with sessions on Museum etiquette and handling of artifacts, Edmond and Oklahoma History, activities related to our current exhibits and more and is hosted in the main gallery of the museum. A few of our volunteers who are former scouts will pitch in and help lead many of the sessions.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Males, all ages or age unspecified

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

$120.00

Program 6

Museum in the Classroom!

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. We are hoping to create additional kits on the Rodkey Family and Rodkey Mill History in the near future

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$0.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

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

* General Operating - additional ongoing general operating funding to help grow our programming and operations* Program Funding and Technology for the Rodkey House Event and Education Annex $15,000* Technology updates for the Main Gallery $15,000* Additional staff for processing donations for our collection $35,000/year* Children's Learning Center updates and repairs - $5,000 - $8,000

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

Oklahoma Museums Association member

Edmond Chamber of Commerce

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate

National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution

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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

"Partnering with organizations in Edmond is a high priority for the Edmond Historical Society & Museum. We have partnered with the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust to provide programming at the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse since it reopened in 2007. We have partnered with the Edmond Genealogical Society to provide meeting space and a research and genealogical library for over 20 years. The Edmond Stamp Club holds their monthly meetings at the museum and our partnership with Edmond Scouting goes back over 30 years. We partner with the Edmond Public Schools, local private schools, home school parents and the University of Central Oklahoma to provide field trips and exhibits that meet requirements for assignments for their students. We partnered with the City of Edmond to renovate and open the Rodkey House Event and Education Annex as a venue for rentals and local educational programming. We partner with the Urban Forestry Department of the City to provide a location for the Arbor Day Art Show - Trees in our Town, for local 5th grade students. We partner with local authors to provide space for the Edmond Authors Book Fair where they can display and sell their latest creations. This year we are partnering with the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust to host Holiday Hop with free family activities at the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse, the Museum and the Rodkey House."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Betsy Mantor

Citizen

Term: July 2016 - June 2017

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