Chisholm Trail Museum curator Adam Lynn is always researching new avenues to showcase exhibits and attracted the attention of a Kingfisher native with items personally owned by Queen Victoria.
The Queen Victoria and the Victorian Era exhibit was set to run until Feb. 22 at the museum in Kingfisher at 605 Zellers Ave. But due to the overwhelmingly positive response the collector has agreed to extend the exhibit until March 31.
Queen Victoria’s reign began in 1837 and lasted until her death in 1901. The exhibit includes Victoria’s stockings, petticoat and nightgown as well as a letter she wrote to a friend about the death of her uncle. On display also will be her plates commemorating her golden jubilee in 1887.
“The fact that we actually have items that were personally owned by Queen Victoria, such as personal clothing items is what stands out to me,” Lynn said. “There are not many places in the United States where one can actually tour an exhibit like this, you would have to fly to London to enjoy this kind of exhibit.”
The artifacts are owned by a private collector in Dallas who wished to remain anonymous. The collector grew up in Kingfisher and still has family ties to the area. Lynn’s efforts to evolve the museum attracted the collector’s attention and he contacted Lynn with the idea of loaning the museum part of his collection.
The collector asked that some of the proceeds from the exhibit be given to charity. Visitors who bring two canned food items will get into the exhibit for half the admission cost. For those who don’t bring food there will be a $4 admission charge, $2 for children and ages 5 and under are admitted for free.
Other items on display include original letters written by Princess Dianna and Prince Charles, plus the robes owned by nobility and worn at the coronations of King Edwards VII, King George V and Queen Elizabeth.
“When people come they can except to tour a royal exhibit, with a little bit of everything,” Lynn said.
The Chisholm Trail Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The museum will be open on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. through the weekend of Feb. 22.
FOR MORE information about the museum and other attractions in Kingfisher, call 375-5176.