The Purcell Public Library, as part of a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution and the Oklahoma Humanities Council, are bringing a taste of the famous museum to McClain County this winter with the traveling exhibit, “Key Ingredients: America by Food.”
The exhibit’s run in Purcell will begin with a Key Ingredients Kickoff Event, set for 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the library. The exhibit will be displayed at the library through Saturday, March 3.
The kickoff will begin with a welcome and ribbon cutting, followed by a variety of activities during the afternoon, including:
- Taste of Purcell, featuring local food favorites in bite sized samples donated by Purcell restaurants
- Presentations by Anne Masters, director of the Pioneer Library System; Peggy Cook, Purcell Public Library Branch Manager and local coordinator for the exhibit; and Julia Abramson, University of Oklahoma professor and scholar for the program.
- Live music from local bluegrass band Dutch Creek
- The Chickasaw Nation’s Get Fit! Nutrition Program, featuring the Three Sisters Stew Legend and a demonstration
- The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s “Operation Game Thief” educational trailer and Skins and Skulls exhibit set up outside the library
- Hands-on crafts and activities for children, including apron making, butter making and Native American snack making
In addition, guided tours of the exhibit will take place starting on the hour and half-hour throughout the afternoon.
The festivities for the day and throughout the six-week exhibit aren’t limited just to the library.
The McClain County Historical Museum, 203 W. Washington, will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. the day of the kickoff. The museum has been a key partner in the exhibit coming to Purcell and has contributed many pictures and stories from McClain County’s past.
The museum, open in downtown Purcell since 1973, typically is open noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with tours available by appointment.
Maps for a walking tour of historic downtown Purcell will be available to guests at the kickoff. Participating merchants and restaurants throughout downtown Purcell on the walking tour will be giving away souvenir recipe cards during the time of the exhibit as well.
“Key Ingredients: America by Food” is a Smithsonian Institution outreach program that is visiting six sites in Oklahoma this fall and in 2012. The exhibit is part of Museum on Main Street, a partnership of the Smithsonian and state humanities councils, including the Oklahoma Humanities Council, which helped bring the exhibit to Oklahoma.
Further local support has been provided by the Pioneer Library System, the McClain County OSU Extension Office, Chickasaw Nation’s “Get Fresh” Program, The Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce, the McClain County Historical Society and Museum, the City of Purcell, Oklahoma Home and Community Education and the Friends of the Purcell Public Library.
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