Oklahoma

Post image for The Sculptor Who Merged Cherokee and Art Deco Styles

TULSA, Okla. — Willard Stone’s wood-carving style might be described as Art Deco Cherokee, with a distinct, streamlined movement and natural themes that reflect his indigenous heritage.

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Post image for A Mural Honors the Ruins of an American Indian Boarding School

CONCHO, Okla. — Overgrown grass creeps up around the decayed remains of the Concho Indian Boarding School, its faded yellow walls pocked with gaping doorways and boarded windows.

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Post image for The Brutality of Little Bighorn, as Seen by Someone Who Was There

TULSA, Okla. — Decades after the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn, Stephen Standing Bear, who participated in the tumultuous engagement, recalled its chaos: “I could see Indians charging all around me. Then I could see the soldiers and Indians all mixed up and there were so many guns going off that I couldn’t hear them.”

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Post image for The Monumental Totem Poles Built by a Retired Oklahoma Art Teacher

FOYIL, Okla. — In 1937, art teacher Ed Galloway began his retirement project: a 90-foot-tall totem pole rising from the back of a big blue turtle.

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Post image for An Icon of Midcentury Organic Modern Architecture Is Destroyed

A spiraling 1955 house that was considered one of the icons of 20th-century organic modernism has been destroyed.

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Post image for 19th-Century Storm Chasers Took the First Tornado Photographs

In the 19th century, when photography was developing into a mass medium, a few intrepid early adopters pointed their glass plate cameras at one of the most intimidating natural forces on Earth: the tornado.

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Post image for Oklahoma City School Discovers More 1917 Chalkboards Hidden in Its Walls

Chalkboard drawings from nearly a century ago were uncovered in the walls of a downtown Oklahoma City school.

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Post image for Mold-A-Rama: An Affordable Art Machine That’s Survived Half a Century

OKLAHOMA CITY — In zoos, museums, and other attractions around the United States, visitors can still get a retro souvenir for just a couple of bucks.

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Post image for A Granite Sculptor’s Last and Largest Work Completed in His Memory

On June 15, Jesús Moroles was driving from his home in Rockport, Texas, to Chickasha, Oklahoma, to continue work on the largest granite project of his career when he was killed in a car crash.

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Post image for A Restaging of ‘Oklahoma!’ Thrusts the Audience into the Action

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, New York — The original Oklahoma! musical from 1943 is set in the 1900s, during a much “simpler” time.

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