2007 Library News

Two Exhibits on Display at Midwest City Library in February

The Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno , will house two displays of historical interest during the month of February, 2007.

In observance of African-American History Month, and as part of the continuing celebration of Oklahoma 's Centennial year, the Midwest City Public Library is hosting the traveling exhibit " Land of Promise : Europeans and African Americans in Oklahoma ." Created by and on loan from the Oklahoma Humanities Council, the exhibit explains how and why these groups came to Oklahoma . It points out as well some of the cultural differences and similarities in the ways that Blacks and various European groups adapted to their new circumstances and contributed to Oklahoma 's development.

The exhibit uses reproductions of documents and historic photographs

from around the state to tell the story of work, worship, and daily life as families learned to live in their new environment. "The state's diversity made it an interesting and exciting cultural environment," said Dianna Everett, the project's coordinator.

In addition, the Midwest City Library is also presenting a display created by local author Sean Chandler. His exhibit is about the “Unknown West: African-American Marshals, Cowboys, and Scouts,” and the history behind them.

In addition to the photos in the exhibit, Mr. Chandler has compiled an excellent resource guide on the topic. Mr. Chandler, who lives in Oklahoma City , is the author of “Ebony Marshal” and “Ebony Marshal: Bitter.”

" Land of Promise : Europeans and African Americans in Oklahoma " is part of the Oklahoma Humanities Council's TRACKS traveling exhibit project.

Both displays will run through February 26 at the Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno in Midwest City . For more information, contact the library at 732-4828.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City . You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.