The Edmond Sun


March 21, 2014

New executive director welcomed by Historical Society and Museum

EDMOND — Visitors stepping through the door of the Edmond Historical Society & Museum will be greeted by the new Executive Director Anita Schlaht.

Schlaht took over the position in January and is getting ready for a full year of celebrating Edmond and its year of firsts.

“We will be starting with our first exhibit in August celebrating Edmond’s first newspaper, The Edmond Sun,” Schlaht said. “After that we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Historical Society and Museum, then two more 125th celebrations, one for the City of Edmond and the other for the University of Central Oklahoma.”

Displays are being worked on by the five full-time employees as they get ready for the year of fun.

Schlaht said the Historical Society & Museum are getting ready for a remodel including all new lighting and a functional kitchen.

The city owns the building and with the new lighting and dimmers installed, there will be a 70 percent savings on utilities, Schlaht said.

“It will be nice to have new kitchen facilities because the Historical Society & Museum can be rented for birthday parties, receptions and get-togethers,” Schlaht said. “DEBA recently had a pot-luck dinner here.”

The Historical Society & Museum workers had an Arts and Crafts session each day of spring break for children 3 years old and older.

“We had 164 children come for the quilt block square session Tuesday,” Schlaht said.

At this time there is an Arbor Day Art Show is on display from now through April 5.

Included in the show are art pieces from fifth graders attending 16 Edmond elementary schools showing their interpretations of the theme “Trees in Our Town.” The artwork can be seen from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 1-4 p.m.

The ceremony recognizing the artwork that placed and a reception will be at 7 p.m.  Monday.

There is still time to sign up for the Historical Society & Museum Summer Camp, although the first two weeks are already full.

“We hope to add two additional weeks in July,” Schlaht said.

The Edmond Historical Society & Museum is at 431 S. Boulevard and admission is free. For more information, call 340-0078.

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