Photographing the Plains, Depression Era Oklahoma What: The Chisholm Trail Museum will host Photographing the Plains, Depression Era Oklahoma, February 1 through May 31, 2020. This traveling exhibit from the Oklahoma History Center features images from social reform photographer Lewis Hine (1874–1940). The Farm Security Administration formed in 1937 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Roy Stryker was hired in 1935 to head the Historical Section and establish a photo documentary project that would provide photographs to public relations outlets, including newspapers and magazines. Stryker would initially hire Arthur Rothstein, Theo Jung, Ben Shahn, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Carl Mydans, Russell Lee, Marion Post Wolcott, Jack Delano, John Vachon, and John Collier. He would also hire other photographers during his tenure, most notably Gordon Parks, Esther Bubley and Edwin and Louise Rosskam. During the run of the project, from the early days of the RA (1935-36), to the FSA (1937-42) and later as the Office of War Information (1942-45), approximately 175,000 black and white negatives and 1600 color transparencies were produced. The photographs in this exhibit represent a sample by the six photographers who visited Oklahoma, or photographed displaced Oklahomans looking for work and date from 1936 to 1943. Russell Lee visited the state and produced around 1600 images, whereas Marion Post Wolcott captured a mere handful of images of Oklahomans working in the oil fields of Kansas.
When: February 1 - June 30, 2020
"Negro drinking at "Colored" water cooler in streetcar terminal, Oklahoma City. 1939
"White migrant child setting in back seat of family car east of Fort Gibson, Muskogee Count, Oklahoma. 1939
Wanted: Dead or Alive What: The Chisholm Trail Museum will host Wanted: Dead or Alive, August 28 – October 30, 2020. This traveling exhibit from the Oklahoma History Center features images of some of Oklahoma’s most infamous criminals. Images from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the University of Oklahoma Western History Collections, the National Archives, and the Oklahoma Historical Society include mugshots, crime scene locations and group shots with criminals, and law enforcement officers. They span more than 70 years, starting before statehood in 1907 and reaching into the late 1950s.
While there may be a few familiar names, such as the Doolin and Dalton Gangs and Ma Barker, the exhibit showcases stories that might not be as well known. Visitors will learn about whiskey towns, the Tulsa Central Park Gang, Spencer State Bank, Wanda Bartram, Ralph Roe, and many more. Many of the people featured were born and raised in Oklahoma or moved here and began their lives of crime. Sometimes the stories are as much about the location as the individual. Although many of the tales feature truly despicable characters, others tell of people who temporarily went astray. Some of the accounts include strange twists and turns, and there is even an unsolved mystery.
When: August 28 - October 30, 2020
Ralph Roe was an Oklahoma bank robber, captured in 1933 after a shootout with local police. As a known escape risk, Roe was transferred to Alcatraz where he would gain his notoriety. Roe, alongside fellow prisoner Ted Cole, was part of only the second escape attempt from Alcatraz. Roe and Cole disappeared while working in the tire repair shop at the prison in 1937. They escaped through a window and were never seen again. Though believed to have drowned in San Francisco Bay, Roe and Cole’s remains were never found and conspiracies around their survival persisted for decades.
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