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MtMan-List: Chouteau Museum opening



Friends,

The following is from a 3 page press release faxed to me by Kathy Dickson,
Oklahoma Historical Society Museums Director.

Hears-The-Quiet


(paraphrased)

YVONNE CHOUTEAU TO CUT RIBBON FOR REOPENING OF CHOUTEAU MUSEUM IN SALINA
WITH FOCUS ON TRADE IMPACT OF A. P. CHOUTEAU.

Chouteau, direct descendant of the famous fur trading Chouteau family, will
cut ribbon for the rededication of the Chouteau Memorial Museum on June 21
in Salina, Oklahoma (east of Tulsa).  Ceremony will also feature political
dignitaries, historians, and a living history encampment of fur trade
reenactors.  Rededication ceremonies will begin at 10 AM.  The Museum was
closed in 1993 due to severe budget cuts.  John Littlefield will be
introducd as the interim curator of the museum, according to OHS Museums
Director Kathy Dickson.

Historical Society Executive Director Blake Wade said that the museum "will
be the first in Oklahoma to focus entirely on the trade that brought
European goods to the Three Forks Region (Arkansas, Verdigris, and Neosho
Rivers),  in what is now eastern Oklahoma during the early years of the
19th century.  We are extremely fortunate that Yvonne Chouteau will be able
to join us," Wade said.  Ms. Chouteau, a world class ballerina, is a direct
descendent of Jean Pierre Chouteau, who pioneered fur trading in the west
from St. Louis, outfitted Louis and Clark's Corps of Discovery, and traded
with Native Americans in Oklahoma.

The museum is fully funded for a year, and the OHS continues to collect
artifacts, documents, and tax deductible donations for the museum.  The
regular hours of the Museum will be 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday,
and from 2 PM to 5 PM Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information on the museum or Saturday's event, please call Kathy
Dickson, Director of Museums, Oklahoma Historical Society, at 405/522-5231.

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