This summer the Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar is celebrating music with our new exhibit tied to our 2nd Saturday and 3rd Thursday activities, and our popular Cool Classics series this July. 

Our new exhibit, “Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma in Stillwater,” is now on display at the museum. This exhibit was put together by Rachel Cox, one the museum’s History students. Rachel is also a member of the OSU Marching Band. She shared that the 2019 Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma National Convention will be held in Stillwater this July and is expected to bring thousands of visitors into the community. The exhibit looks at the history of music at OSU, in Stillwater, and the history of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. It also includes a QR code to link to a map that will take visitors to visit many Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma significant sites right here in Stillwater.

In conjunction with our new exhibit, this month’s exploration theme will be musical instruments. Stop by with the family anytime between 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8th or between 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 for musical instrument fun. Families will have a chance to experience four stations of musical exploration, including Native American instruments, creative pioneer musical options, marching band fun, and make-and-take popsicle stick harmonicas. Our 2nd Saturday/3rd Thursday series is always free to the public and a great time to come explore your local history museum. 

In July, the “Cool Classics” summer concert series will return to the Sheerar Auditorium. This will be the 13th season of this summer tradition, and all concerts within the series take place at 7:30 pm. Each concert will be approximately one hour in length. Admission is completely free, but seating will be limited to the first 200 people in attendance. Each concert will be followed by a reception sponsored by local community groups, including the Daughters of the American Revolution on July 12, League of Women Voters Stillwater on July 19, and the Payne County Historical Society on July 26. 

A new addition to this year’s Cool Classics series will be a performance by Erin Yeaman, an award-winning classical cellist, who will be accompanied by pianist Monica Tessitore and flutist Jennifer Peck on July 12. The OK Strings will be joining us on July 19. This group was put together by Kaleb Benda who is accompanied by Assistant Conductor of the Enid Symphony Orchestra, and Director of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Concert Band. The series’ final performance will be on July 26 when Trio Aleszky hits the stage. This group is made up of Allyson Eskitch on piano, Paulo Eskitch on violin, Krassi Figg on cello. 

In addition to all of the great free museum sponsored activities at the Stillwater History Museum, we are thrilled to have the Stillwater Children’s Theater back at the Sheerar this summer for three weeks of summer camp fun. To learn more about the theater camps go to www.stillwaterchildrenstheatre.com 

And don’t forget to check the Stillwater History Museum website at www.sheerarmuseum.org 

For all of our upcoming events, including our new children’s Curator Camp, happening this July.

Amy Loch is the director at the Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar.