Thursday, October 26, 2017
What better time to play zoo detective than at Halloween? Although I didn’t sport my Sherlock Holmes hat, I did pull out my magnifying glass. After looking through documents and photos, clues about Haunt the Zoo’s beginnings in 1983 have fallen into place….
A Spooky Beginning
Haunt the Zoo didn’t start off as a kid-friendly event, it started as a haunted house. If you could pick one Zoo building that would make a perfectly, creepy haunted house,...
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Monday, October 2, 2017
You’re a nature-lover, right? Then maybe you have camped on the Native American ground that shares a connection to the Oklahoma City Zoo. It’s the Osage Hills State Park, near Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
How are the zoo and the park related, you ask? It’s a story that goes back 85 years, like this…
The 1930s Backstory :
During the Great Depression, the men of the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) lived and worked on Zoo property from 1933-1937. The government paid...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
I confess a love for the “National Treasure” movies. Finding clues, digging through history, solving mysteries. Such adventures capture my mind, taking me back to my childhood when I delighted in reading Nancy Drew mystery novels.
So, how cool is it that I now solve mysteries and hunt for treasures—at the Zoo?!
Because of my job, I’ve discovered obscured plaques and missing memorabilia. I’ve traced missing artifacts, pieced together history and...
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
“You’re glowing today!”
That’s what my co-worker said when I arrived at work on Saturday, Feb 18, 2017. I didn’t know it showed, but it was a proud day for me. The day represented the culmination of 12 years of hard work--rescuing lost Zoo history, saving an important building from destruction, reminding folks that the Zoo is in the recreational memory-bank of nearly everyone in this state for 115 years!
Landing the Zoo’s bathhouse on the...
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