The Stafford Museum hosted nearly 200 guests at its annual open house and membership drive last Saturday. The event was a super success shining a light on the museum’s membership program and engaging the public to learn more about General Stafford and the museum named in his honor. Museum staff member Tanner Wheeler began the day with a guided tour to an excited bunch, anxious to hear the stories of the exhibits and the history behind them. Staff member Sharon Butcher welcomed guests as they arrived, greeting them with a smile and directing them to each area of activities. All day guests had the opportunity to sign up for a membership of their choice, choosing from several different levels created to meet the needs and comfort of each guest.  With each signup, guests were able to enter a drawing for a pair of Thunder tickets to a home game the following week. The lucky winner was Mrs. Ann Wilson of Weatherford.

Another drawing at the museum was the chance to win one of two books about General Stafford and which were signed by him. Every guest had the chance to enter the drawing and the lucky winner of one of the books was Amanda Currier of Moore, Oklahoma. In the Rose and Tom Luczo Education Center, science demonstrations were performed by SWOSU professors Dr. Wayne Trail and Dr. Brian Campbell. The professors engaged the audience with the science of physics, with examples of static electricity and how sound resonates. The creation of a comet was also performed using dry ice, sand, and water, demonstrating the components of what makes up a comet.

After the crowd was dazzled with the elements of science, another physics demonstration had been taken place: grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. Museum member Randy Nabors volunteered to grill up some delicious lunch for the event. The museum guests were treated to a free lunch served by museum staff and board members including Harold Wright and Blake Sonobe. United Supermarket graciously donated the hamburger buns. Guests chose their drinks which were provided by Bancfirst, who donated soft drinks, and water donated by Pioneer Cellular. Board Member Carol Moses donated twelve dozen cookies to the event. The afternoon events kicked off with free planetarium shows for anyone who wanted to enter inside the museum’s big black dome theatre. Guests of all ages enjoyed the shows during the early afternoon. More tours and membership signups lasted throughout the day. The museum wishes to thank everyone who came out and had a good time and extends a heartfelt thanks to all those who volunteered to help with the event. Plans are already underway for next year’s open house!  Stay tuned for the next exciting event!