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April 1, 2014

New display on view at CCHS

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Historical Society has a new display for the public to view throughout April, “Memories of Early Cleveland County.”

Installed at the Moore-Lindsay Historical House Museum, the display presents original photographs and heirlooms of early Cleveland County in honor of the upcoming ’89ers Day celebration April 12.

The photographs in the display are from the CCHS archives, which are housed at the Moore-Lindsay home. The archives contain some 9,000 rare books, photographs and artifacts in two upstairs rooms within the museum.

The photographs include images of the namesake for Norman: Abner E. Norman, surveyor of the U.S. Land Office, 1871-1873; Thomas R. Waggoner, Norman’s first provisional mayor and member of the first territorial legislature, pre-1889; Main Street Lexington, Oklahoma Territory, 1896; and a photograph of Norman’s First Methodist Church, 1890, which was on the northwest corner of Gray Street and Porter Avenue.

A number of artifacts from the CCHS’ collections are incorporated in the display, including the 1894 Magee Bible, the oldest bible in the CCHS’ archives.

The 115-year-old Moore-Lindsay Historical House was originally built in April 1899 and established as a museum in 1973 by the city of Norman. The CCHS, which was established in 1967, now manages the museum. The Historical House, 508 N. Peters Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

To contact the museum, call 321-0156 or visit normanmuseum.org.

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