The Oklahoma Military Academy Museum in Claremore hosted a group of officials Jan. 4 from another Oklahoma-based military museum who made the trip to Claremore to inspect recently made renovations and restorations.
Dr. Denise Neal, executive director of the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City; museum project manager Doug Hayworth; and legislative liaison Chief Master Sergeant Scott Irwin were among the guests led on a private tour of the OMA Museum to review renovations and to consider ideas for potential renovations at the 45th Infantry Division Museum.
The 45th Infantry Museum is based in Oklahoma City. It tells the story of one of the first National Guard units to be activated for World War II, serving from the shores of France and all the way to Berlin, liberating Dachau along the way, along with later service in the Korean War. The 45h Infantry Division Museum honors not just their service, but that of all Oklahomans.
Located in Meyer Hall on Rogers State University’s Claremore campus, the renovated OMA Museum showcases the OMA’s history from 1919-71 through a series of new displays and interactive exhibits. Numerous individuals guided the creation of the museum’s new exhibits, including Dr. Bob Blackburn, retired director of the Oklahoma History Center; Cameron Eagle, nationally known artist and museum-exhibit specialist; Dan Provo, director of the Oklahoma History Center at the Oklahoma Historical Society; and several others.
OMA Museum’s renovations and restorations were made possible through a comprehensive fundraising campaign and by the generosity of OMA alumni, family and friends, along with critical support from RSU and the RSU Foundation.
For more information about the OMA Museum, visit https://www.rsu.edu/alumni/oklahoma-military-academy/oma-museum.