Where They Went: Animals Exhibit

Barnyard Cats c. 1909-1912
Photograph of a farmer milking for the barnyard cats.
Oklahoma Historical Society Photograph Collection 


ROMP is pleased to be host to an Oklahoma History Center traveling exhibit Where They Went: A Photographic History of Oklahoma Animals in March and April, 2022.

The title of the exhibit comes from something Will Rogers said: “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”

c. 1930s
Photograph taken by O’Neill Photo Company of “Bobby, the world’s most educated steer,” who was owned and trained by Monte Reger of  Buffalo, Oklahoma.
Edward C. Smith Collection 22561.3

This exhibit features photos curated from the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Photograph Archives. The images in this exhibit represent just a few of their many photographs that express the friendly relationship between humans and their domestic and farm animals throughout Oklahoma’s history.  

EXHIBIT: March 3-April 30, 2022

Okie Animal Stories Event: March 3

Okie Animals Exhibit Celebration: March 19

Okie Animal Celebration Schedule:
10:00: Museum opens, visit exhibit
11:00-2:00: Food truck open
11:00-2:00: Photographs taken
Noon: Pet Contest Judging
2:00: Decorated stuff dog contest entries due

CALL FOR STORIES & PHOTOS, ETC.: Share your favorite story, photo, video, etc. about a special animal from your past or present at our Okie Animal Stories event on March 3. Your story will become a part of the actual exhibit.

Tony “The Wonder Horse”
c. 1920s-1930s
Photograph of Tom Mix and his horse Tony.
Oklahoma Historical Society Photograph Collection   13254.B                                         

POETRY: Anyone who writes an animal poem about a favorite animal from their past or present will receive a special gift from ROMP that goes with this exhibit. DUE: March 3. Email or deliver to the museum. ROMPoetry@gmail.com. PO Box 1243, Locust Grove OK 74352.

Funding for this exhibit was provided by the Oklahoma History Center of the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Kirkpatrick Foundation.