Stars on Their Shoulders: Military Uniforms of the Twentieth Century
The Chisholm Trail Museum is proud to announce the grand opening of a temporary exhibit highlighting the evolution of United States military general’s uniforms throughout the 20th Century at the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, located at 605 Zellers Avenue. The exhibit will open to the public on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at 1:00p.m. The exhibit will showcase the T.S. Akers collection, which is the largest privately owned collection of military Generals uniforms in the state of Oklahoma.
“The twentieth century was a period of rapid advancement in military technology. The first World War saw the widespread use of machineguns; many firsts were made with aircraft in combat; and mechanization marked the end of the horse. In time, automatic weaponry would become the standard; jet engines would replace propellers; and tanks would establish their dominance on the battlefield. As the technology of warfare evolved, so did the uniforms of the American military; an evolution that was often spurred on by the men in command.” T.S. Akers. The exhibit, Stars on Their Shoulders: Military Uniforms of the Twentieth Century will highlight this “evolutionary history” by featuring fourteen original military uniforms all previously worn by generals of the United States Army and Air Force. Three of the original uniforms on display will feature generals from Oklahoma. Additionally, the exhibit will feature a general’s uniform formerly owned by a military aid to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and an original bottle of champagne, which was given as a thank you to Colonel Arthur Buswell of Kingfisher, Oklahoma from President Dwight D. Eisenhower on October 19th, 1953 during a trip to El Paso, Texas for serving as the President’s army physician. Through photographs, artifacts, and original uniforms, the exhibit will reveal the evolutionary history of United States military uniforms from the turn-of-the century, World War I, World War II, Korean War, the Cold War era, ending with the Persian Gulf War era.
605 Zellers Avenue Chisholm Trail Museum- Kingfisher, OK Phone 405-375-5176 Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am- 5 pm *closed on major holidays