Christmas arrived a few days earlier for the employees, trustees and guests of Woolaroc, according to officials with the museum and wildlife preserve.
Thanks to record crowds at Woolaroc, the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery exhibit, which has been on display since late September and scheduled to close on Dec. 29, has been extended to remain in the Woolaroc museum through April 30, 2014.
“Obviously we are thrilled with the news,” said Woolaroc CEO Bob Fraser. “We were already sadly counting down the days until it was time to ship it back. The exhibit has exceeded all expectations that the staff and our trustees had for this show. Our attendance numbers have been outstanding and we are having so many first-time visitors thanks to this wonderful show. The educational interest from area grade schools, high schools and from several colleges has been very rewarding to all of us.”
Dean Zervas, a trustee of the Frank Phillips Foundation and co-chair for the art show, contacted the owner of the collection, Tim Peterson, last week and told him how well it had been received and the large crowds that were continuing to view the exhibit.
“Tim loves history and he loves how his collection tells such a rich story about our nation’s history and when he heard how well the show was doing, he suggested we leave it on display for several more months. To say we were pleased is an understatement; it was a great example of what this collection and sharing it means to the owner,” said Zervas.
The show features 100 paintings by noted artist Charles Fritz, who carefully followed the journals of Lewis & Clark and painted what they described from the very locations identified in their journals. The show also features 45 bronzes by famed sculptor Richard Greeves. These bronzes show the period and the expedition from the Indians’ perspective and this is the first time that these two collections have ever been shown at the same time.
Woolaroc, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Woolaroc is located 12 miles southwest of Bartlesville on State Highway 123.Formore information on the exhibit or on Woolaroc, call 918-336-0307, ext. 10, on weekdays or visit the Woolaroc website at www.woolaroc.org.