The Museum Broken Arrow Set to Debut January Special Exhibits

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(BROKEN ARROW, Okla.)   The Museum Broken Arrow is set to open two new special exhibits this month, “Preservation 50” and “Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Historic Places 2017.” Visitors can experience the exhibits Jan. 6 through Feb. 1 at The Museum Broken Arrow, 400 S. Main St. in Broken Arrow. “Preservation 50” focuses on the National Historic Preservation Act’s impact on Oklahoma and explores the resulting conservation efforts of our state’s historical landmarks. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Act into law in 1966, establishing the structure and mechanisms for treatment of the nation’s archeological and historic properties. During the exhibit, visitors experience photos of buildings and structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and learn more about why the Act is important to preserving Oklahoma’s historic resources.“The purpose of the exhibits is to remind Oklahomans of the impact these sites provide to our history and culture,” said Lori Lewis, executive director of The Museum Broken Arrow. “We are excited to host these exhibits offering perspective and cultural enlightenment to visitors.”“Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Historic Places 2017” brings the issues of the neglected historical or architectural properties and sites in Oklahoma to light. Across the state many sites have succumbed to deterioration after years of disregard, poor maintenance, insufficient funding or other causes. The exhibit reflects the history of Oklahoma by acknowledging the citizens who crafted and inhabited these historical places.Both traveling exhibits were created by Preservation Oklahoma, the only private, nonprofit membership organization that is dedicated to historic preservation activities in Oklahoma.The Museum Broken Arrow also offers a series of permanent collections in the main gallery telling the history of Broken Arrow and its residents. Museum admission is $5 per adult or $8 for two adults. Members and children under the age of 18 are admitted for free. For more information on this exhibit or to plan your visit, go to BrokenArrowMuseum.org.The Museum Broken Arrow is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in historic downtown Broken Arrow near the site of the original Katy Train Depot. The Museum’s mission is to preserve the local history of the city and its residents and to serve as an educational opportunity for future generations. In addition to showcasing local history, the Museum also offers events, educational opportunities and facility rental. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (918) 258-2616 or visit BrokenArrowMuseum.org.

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