PAST SPECIAL PROJECTS
Bronze-Colored Park Bench
The Ponca City Leadership Class of 2004 and the Pioneer
Woman Museum Advisory Board, with support from the ConocoPhillips
Corporation, joined together to improve the visitor experience to the
Pioneer Woman Statue.
In an effort to continue beautification of the
grounds and to provide a more complete visitor experience, these two
groups worked together on a project to install a concrete pad with
bench seating and an electric sound post with graphics located near the
Pioneer Woman Statue.
This offers visitors a comfortable outdoor seating area
and the opportunity to learn more about the history of the statue and the
A unique and beautiful bronze-colored park bench was designed and
installed on the site as was the electric sound post.
began with a conversation at lunch, about how history is a constantly
evolving process and how extraordinary things happen to ordinary people
everyday-- about those people, especially those women who had stories to
tell-- important, inspirational, exciting stories that shouldn’t be lost to
the future. Out of that conversation grew a partnership between the Pioneer
Woman Museum and the Ponca City Chapter of the Daughters of the American
Revolution to record those stories for future generations.
A video interview series was developed, entitled I See No Boundaries. Five
Kay County women who had made significant achievements in their personal
and/or professional lives were chosen to be interviewed for the first
series. The first series was completed and aired on the local television
channel KSBN in October 2003. All five interviews are available for viewing
daily at the Pioneer Woman Museum and videotapes are available for purchase
at the museum.
With the first series a rousing success, the Pioneer Woman Museum and the
Northern Oklahoma Historical Association have teamed up in 2004 to film a
second series of interviews. This time the series will be available on DVD.
Filming took place last month and interviews will be available for viewing
in the museum and for purchase in March, National Women’s History Month.
More interviews are planned for the future.
I See No Boundaries
First interview series
Eleanor Hayes—Her career as an educator began in the 1930’s during the
depression. She discusses her experiences as a young teacher in the rural
Oklahoma schools; the changes she has seen throughout her career, both
positive and negative; and shares advice for teachers starting out today.
Louise Abercrombie—A Ponca City journalist and newspaper reporter, she
shares her experiences, memorable moments, and advice for future
journalists gained during a successful career that has spanned more than 30
Jo Saylors—World-renowned sculptor, she relates her rise to prominence in a
field usually closed to women. She discusses her artistic vision and shares
stories of the creation of some of her most famous works of art.
Jane Morris—As only the second female pilot hired by United Airlines, she
discusses her role as a female in the world of aviation in a time when
women pilots were a rarity. She relates the challenges of balancing a
demanding career with the responsibilities a wife and mother.
Lillian Taylor—A BFTS Link Instructor during WWII, Secret Service agent,
and goodwill ambassador for Oklahoma, she reveals the experiences of a long
and varied career. From WWII to the present, she shares the stories of her
adventures and her causes.
Second interview series
Marquetta Brown—An educator and writer, she discusses her quest to tell the
story of the woman who designed the flag of Oklahoma and the book that
resulted. She also talks about her role in the fight to save the Marland
Grand Home for the citizens of Ponca City and her plans for the future.
Paula (Dusty) Branstetter—The first woman to fly over the magnetic north
pole in a single engine airplane, she relates the story of the family
adventure that set three world records and strengthened her faith in God.
Erma Carmack—A pioneer in the field of public health, she relates her
experiences in the field of nursing while raising a family and designing
and implementing new and innovation programs for the citizens of Kay