Dr. Bob Pickering, director of Curatorial Affairs & Public Programs for Gilcrease Museum and director of the University of Tulsa’s Museum Science and Management, paid a second visit to the Osage County Historical Museum last Saturday. Pickering’s first visit was shortly after the January 2013 fire when museum artifacts were in temporary storage at the Business Development Center. He was accompanied by his wife, Mary. Hosts were Museum Director Barbara Pease and OCHS Director Frederick Drummond.

The Pickerings viewed artifacts in the museum’s 1.920 square-foot annex and various exhibits under construction.

"When the Museum opens to the public in a few months, visitors will be able to enjoy numerous displays of artifacts from area and Osage County residents," said Pease. "As we open boxes that have been in storage, it’s like a treasure hunt. Our goal is to have the museum’s grand opening in May to coincide with our annual meeting."

The Pickerings said the progress to date is impressive.

"The transformation is incredible!" said Mary Pickering. "It broke my heart when we first came in after the fire. (Now) The Museum smells fresh without any trace of the fire."

Dr. Pickering interjected, "This renovation has created an ideal environment for the artifacts. No longer will you (the museum) have to fight issues so prevalent with an old, drafty building, including insects. This is huge."

Dr. Pickering was referring to the Museum’s structural repairs and the numerous upgrades. This included an open-concept with new wiring, museum-quality lighting, three-climate controlled HVAC and the much-needed annex.