OKLAHOMA CITY – The Ataloa Lodge Museum at Bacone College was recognized for its work to preserve and restore the Lodge’s unique fireplace constructed of more than 500 rare stones from every part of the United States where Native American history has been made, and was accepted into the “Top 10 Artifacts: Saving Oklahoma’s Heritage” program in a May Day ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol on May 1, according to a media release.
In addition to being accepted into the program, the Ataloa Lodge Museum at Bacone College was presented with a Cultural Heritage Stewardship Award signed by Governor Mary Fallin, Senator Earl Garrison and Representative Jerry McPeak. The award recognizes the Ataloa Lodge Museum’s commitment to the preservation of Oklahoma’s rich culture and heritage.
“Each year thousands of visitors have the opportunity to experience and enjoy irreplaceable treasures in institutions across the state,” said Susan Feller, co-project director of the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust. “This program allows us to assist with ongoing efforts to provide for the proper care of these items and ensure their preservation to allow future generations to continue to enjoy these cherished treasures.”
The unique stone fireplace is one of 10 artifacts from institutions across Oklahoma accepted into program sponsored by the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust. Now in its second year, the program increases awareness and support for items that illuminate, celebrate and preserve the story of Oklahoma.
Organizations from across the state nominated items for consideration. In selecting the top 10, a review committee considered the uniqueness of the item and its importance to Oklahoma. Additional consideration was given to the level of commitment the nominating organization has exhibited to being good stewards of Oklahoma’s historical collections.
The top 10 items are the Frank Griggs Cellulose Nitrate and Acetate Negatives, circa 1938-1950 from the Bartlesville Area History Museum, The Dr. Orange Starr Collection, circa 1915 from the Drumright Historical Society Museum, Woodring Wall of Honor, circa 2000 from the Woodring Wall of Honor, Oklahoma Colored Agricultural & Normal University teaching certificates book, circa early-1900s from the Melvin B. Tolson Black Heritage Center, 16mm Film Reel of Senator Robert S. Kerr, circa 1954 from the Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Spiro Pottery Illustration, circa 1940 from the Sam Noble Museum, Porter Steam Engine #7466, circa 1942 from the Oklahoma Railway Museum, Photograph of Ned Christie and Jim Christie, circa 1885 from the Cherokee National Historical Society, Stone Fireplace from the Ataloa Lodge Museum at Bacone College and Votaw Military Uniform Collection from the Hughes County Historical Society and Museum.
The “Top 10 Artifacts: Saving Oklahoma’s Heritage” program is sponsored by the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust, an alliance between the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma Museums Association and many additional supporting partners. The Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust is dedicated to working together with Oklahoma’s collections-based archives, libraries and museums to improve support for collections care through training and public awareness. Activities are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency. For more information about the trust, visit www.culturalheritagetrust.org or call 405-522-3515.