Resources - Arts & Humanities Division
Resources – Because of our work for the City of Lawton in support of its cultural endeavors, we can provide information about resources that you may be in search of or have questions about.
Frequently Asked Questions - Resources
The City of Lawton has many different types of venues available from meeting spaces to outdoor lake locations,
- McMahon Memorial Auditorium
- City of Lawton Lakes
- Lawton Public Library Meeting Rooms
- Recreation Centers, Parks and Carnegie Library
Also, the City of Lawton has many venues that are on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)
- Lawton City Hall (old Lawton High School), 809 "C" Avenue, Built 1910, NRHP 2/27/97, A,C, 97000197.
- Banquet Hall
- Carnegie Library, 427 SW "B" Avenue, Built 1922, NRHP 8/19/76, A, 76001560.
- Central Fire Station, 623 SW “D” Avenue, NRHP 9/7/16, A,C, 16000618, not available for rental
- Lawton National Guard Armory, 600 NW Cache Road, NRHP 6/5/07, A,C, 07000519, not available for rental
- Arts for All, Inc. 425 SW B Ave, Lawton, OK 73501, Tel:580-248-5384, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: http://www.lawtonafa.org
- Business Development Center, Great Plains Technology Center, (Arts Incubator, Commercial Kitchen, Small Manufacturing and more...) 1604 SW Parkridge Blvd, Lawton, OK, Tele: 580-250-5519, Cody Holt, Business Center Coordinator, email: email@example.com
State and Regional
- Oklahoma Arts Council, P.O. Box 52001-2001, Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2001, 405-521-2931, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.arts.ok.gov Note that select programming is made possible in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA), 7403 N. Kelley Ave., OKC, OK 73111, Tel: 405- 848-8501 or 800-879-6382, www.oeta.tv
Oklahoma Film & Music Office, 900 N. Stiles Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73104, Tel: 405-230-8440 In State, 800-766-3456 Toll-Free, 405-230-8650 Fax, Website: www.ok.gov/oklahomafilm
Oklahomans for the Arts, 405-887-3515, www.oklahomansforthearts.org
Oklahoma Humanities 428 W. California, Ste. 270, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, Tel: 405- 235-0280, Fax: 405-235-0289, www.okhumanities.org
Southwest Performing Arts Presenters (SWPAP), http://swpap.org
National and Federal
The Army Community Covenant, Supporting Those Who Serve
The Army Community Covenant was signed by state and community partnerships with the Army to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families, both at their current duty stations and as they transfer to other states. For more information about the Army Community Covenant visit www.army.mil/community
Fort Sill Fires Center of Excellence - http://sill-www.army.mil
- United States Army Garrison Fort Sill - http://sill-www.army.mil/usag
- Public Affairs Office - http://sill-www.army.mil/usag/pao
- Community Relations Branch 442-4500
- Media Relations Branch 442-2521
- Public Affairs Office - http://sill-www.army.mil/usag/pao
There are various art education opportunities in our community from theatre to singing. For private lessons, use of social media or advertising in the local news paper is a good way to get the word out. In all cases, always check references. Don't hesitate to call our office, 580-581-3470 or 581-3471 as we may be able to share your search via our Arts Evine.
There are many cultural organizations in the Lawton-Ft.Sill area. Check out the link to area events calendars as sometimes that is also a great way to make new discoveries and find common interests. Below is a partial listing, if you have an organization and would like to be added, call our office at 580-581-3470 or 581-3471.
Lawton Harmony Chorus, Chapter of the Sweet Adelines
Mexican Folkloric Dancers - Isidra "Chila" Chavez, Dir. 580-353-7293
Museum of the Great Plains (volunteer and educational opportunities)
Three Rivers Foundation for the Arts & Sciences (Comanche Springs Observatory)
Most artwork has a signature located at the bottom of artwork. Using a community library’s resources is one way of helping to find out more about an artist through newspaper archives as well as look for a Family History Library.
For more information about Art Therapists in Oklahoma, visit the Art Therapy Association of Oklahoma’s website at www.arttherapyassociationofoklahoma.org or contact them at Art Therapy Association of Oklahoma, P.O. Box 300327, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73140
Sharing from the Oklahoma Museum Association's Website - Organizations and Online Guides
- The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) has a Cultural Emergency Response Team (CERT) to respond to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public. Team members are trained to assess damage and initiate salvage efforts, and are available to provide telephone assistance and to visit the affected site as soon as it is accessible. Contact 202-661-8068 for 24-hour assistance. (The number also connects to a monitored e-mail address.)
- The Midwest Art Conservation Center's Field Services Department is available 24 hours a day to assist in emergency response and recovery, 612-870-3128 or email@example.com.
- The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) offers emergency telephone assistance 24 hours a day for institutions and individuals with damaged paper-based collections. Contact 978-470-1010.
The National Parks Service suggests planning methods to prevent additional damage to historic structures and to maintain historical integrity.
Alliance for Response is a national program on cultural heritage and disaster management. Through a series of local Forums, it builds bridges between the cultural heritage and emergency response communities before disasters happen. The Forums lead to new partnerships, policies, and cooperative planning efforts.
This webinar was presented for May Day 2012 and has valuable information.
Features concise information on air-drying paper, books and photographs and recovery from mold.
Salvage procedures for a wide variety of materials, including textiles, photographs, wooden objects, leather, paintings and paper.
The document addresses cleaning out mud, foundation problems, caring for wet plaster, treatment for saturated wood-framed walls and floors and treatment for historic wallpapers and interior finishes.
Several resources available as a free download.
Information about which counties are included in designated disaster areas and are therefore eligible for federal disaster assistance.
This free online publication, produced jointly by the Library of Congress and the Foundation Center, lists 1,725 grants of $5,000 or more awarded by 474 foundations from 2003–2007. It covers grants for activities related to conservation and preservation.
Outlines the process of applying to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance after major disasters as well as including links to the necessary forms.
Fort Sill National Historic Landmark & Museum - 435 Quanah Rd., Fort Sill, OK, Phone: 580-442-5123
Museum of the Great Plains - 601 NW Ferris Ave., Lawton, OK, Phone: 580-581-3460
Lawton Public Library's Family History Room - 110 SW 4th St., Lawton, OK, Phone: 580-581-3450,
The Family History Room at the Lawton Public Library, 110 S.W. Fourth Street, houses the combined collections of SWOGS, Lawton Chapter of DAR and the Lawton Public Library. Contributions have also been made by the Daughters of 1812, Southwest Oklahoma Historical Society, other heritage groups, authors and patrons. A full-time qualified genealogy librarian and a part-time assistant are provided by LPL. The Family History Room collection consists of over 20,000 books and periodicals; 150,000 microfiche, and 6,000 rolls of microfilm. It includes the International Genealogical Index, federal census schedules for many states, including the 1900 through 1930 Oklahoma, with soundex, local newspapers from 1901, Indian-Pioneer History Collection, Indian records, family histories, vital records, Oklahoma Tract Books with surname index, research reference aids, and much more. The area of emphasis is Oklahoma and the major migration areas from where its people and their ancestors came.
Lawton Family History Center (LDS) - 7002 SW Drakestone Blvd., Phone: 580-585-7071
Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society - Call the Lawton Public Library, 580-581-3450 for meeting date and time
U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum Archives - Corral Rd., Ft. Sill, OK Phone: 580-442-1819
State of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Historic Society is a great resource - www.okhistory.org
The Oklahoma Historic Society has a State Historic Preservation Office. They have an online publication called, "Oklahoma's National Register Handbook" where you can find historic locations all over the state.
Depending on your child's age, here are a couple of organizations that may be of interest:
- Cameron University's School of Arts & Sciences - (580) 581-2491
- Lawton Community Theatre - (580) 355-1600
- Wichita Wildlife Photographic Society - (580) 248-2371
- Lawton Harmony Chorus -
- Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (high school students) - (405) 605-7500
The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (OSAI) is an intensive 2-week residential school that provides professional training to artistically talented OKLAHOMA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, including graduating seniors, in the visual, literary and performing arts. We offer training in the disciplines of acting, creative writing, ballet, modern dance, orchestra, chorus, drawing and painting, photography, and film and video. OSAI faculty artists include winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Academy, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Awards. You’ll join over 250 students from across the state as you study your chosen field and attend or participate in performances, gallery openings, film screenings, poetry readings, and more. Optional activities include nature hikes, karaoke night, movie night, a talent show, and all-camp dances. You’ll make lifelong friends and study with amazing teachers for a summer experience you’ll never forget.
Lake Helen was named after Helen Statler Conn (b: 12/20/1910 - 10/30/2008)
She was serving as secretary to the late Ron Stephens when he was the WPA director, at the time the man-made lake was built and a name search began. It is also recognized by the USGS as a reservior.
Born in Elk City, Oklahoma to Claude and Iva Ellegood. She moved to Lawton, Oklahoma in 1916 where she attended local schools including Cameron College. She became one of the first female pilots in Oklahoma and even flew with Amelia Earhart. During the Great Depression she worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) on local projects including "Lake Helen."
Helen and James J. Statler were married in May of 1937 in El Reno, Oklahoma and moved to Ada. Later they moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada where she worked in and headed many charitable organizations including Easter Seals and the Symphony Guild. After Jim retired in 1967, they returned to Ada, where they were members of First Presbyterian Church. Later, as a widow, she married her lifelong friend Jack T. Conn in 1985 and moved to Oklahoma City.
At his death she moved to Colorado Springs to be closer to her daughter. Helen had a lifelong love of adventure and travel. At the age of 84 she went on a camel safari at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and recently went dog sledding in Alaska. Helen was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was beautiful to the core, an embodiment of all that is good in this world. Her grace was tempered only by her fiery determination to protect and to better those that she cared about, and, she cared about so many. A quintessential matriarch, her love had no bounds. Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister, brothers, nephews, nieces, friends, employees, and sometimes even strangers were among her brood. She was a mother-figure to countless through her life. She was preceded in death by her first husband James J. Statler, her second husband Jack T. Conn, her sister Florence Wade and her brothers Richard and Don Ellegood. She is survived by her daughter Jimmy Sue Guggenhime, her sister Francis Griffin, her granddaughter Kristin Wellens and husband Brian, her grandson David Guggenhime, her great grandchildren Jacob Guggenhime and Garrett Statler Wellens and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Rosedale Cemetery in Ada, Rev. David McCann will officiate. The family says those who wish may make memorials to: Feed the Children, P.O. Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.Criswell Funeral Home, Ada
Sources: The Lawton Constitution, Feb. 23, 1975 and from News OK website: http://legacy.newsok.com/obituaries/oklahoman/obituary.aspx?n=helen-conn&pid=119765928
The stadium was named after Ron Stephens who was the WPA administrator. The stadium's original name was Roosevelt Stadium.
The decision at the end of 1930 to permanently locate the U.S. Army Field School at Fort Sill ended 20 years of indecision and kicked off a round of construction. Fort Sill commanders played a vital role in the implementation of Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration projects throughout the 1930s. Some of the major projects included work on dams and buildings at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, the County Courthouse, Roosevelt Stadium (Now called Ron Stephens Stadium), the road to the summit of Mount Scott, and the Holy City of the Wichitas, among others