Preserving a Moment in Glass:
The Cheyenne and N.E. Foster, 1911-1915


A new exhibit -- Preserving a Moment in Glass: The Cheyenne and N.E. Foster, 1911-1915 – will open Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 in the UCO Chambers Library. The exhibit features images reproduced from an early method of photography that used glass plates.

"These glass plate negatives were produced by a photographer who was in business for a very short period of time, so they provide a wonderful glimpse into a specific moment in the history of the Cheyenne and the Canton area,” said Heidi Vaughn, director of the UCO Laboratory of History Museum.

foster2The exhibit’s opening will also include presentations from Gordon Yellowman, assistant director of education for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, who will interpret the photos, highlighting the customs and values depicted in the images. Michael Elizando, Jr., Cheyenne junior apprentice, will be speaking about Communicating and Speaking Bravely — a language immersion project funded by an Administration for Native American grant and designed to preserve the tribes’ native languages and cultures.

The opening will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, on the first floor of the UCO Chambers Library and will be on display until March 1

Our Mission

To preserve and interpret the history of the University of Central Oklahoma within the broader historical context of the community, state, and the nation.

The Laboratory of History Museum is dedicated to the preservation of UCO history through the collection and interpretation of objects, oral histories, documents, and photographs. The museum serves the educational needs of faculty and students and offers programs and services to the university and the community.

Under the supervision of the museum director, students in the History-Museum Studies program serve as staff of the museum, giving them the opportunity for "hands-on" training. The students present programs and tours, and participate in the interpretation, exhibition, and care and management of the collection.

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