Nearly 400 people attended the Western Trail Historical Society’s grand re-opening of the Braddock Gallery at the Museum of the Western Prairie on Thursday, May 30. The museum proudly debuted their new exhibits and new look. Its new spacious layout allows for more exhibit space than ever before and room for additional displays and events to further enrich the museum.
“It’s a huge event for the Braddock family,” David Braddock said of the event. Braddock’s family has been associated with the museum since his grandmother, Myrna Braddock, got involved years ago. Myrna played a major part in working with Helen LeGree, one of the museum’s Heritage Founders. She was a good friend of Helen’s so they worked together, he said.
“We’re really proud that my grandmother had the foresight to get involved with this, to be a donor, and try to help get it started,” Braddock said.
Braddock added, “My granddad, T.G. Braddock, was the first boy born in Altus in 1893, so our family roots go deep here. We’re just really proud and really thrilled to have such a great association. Jennie Buchanan has done a fantastic job getting this museum set up. It’s truly a museum that we can all be proud of… all of Altus, and Southwest Oklahoma. So it’s real exciting.”
The Museum of the Western Prairie Director Jennie Buchanan said that she was very pleased with the event and the public’s response. “I thought Altus looked very good last night,” she said. “I heard a lot of folks say I want to come back.”
Buchanan said that planning for the gallery’s renovations began about two years ago before construction started in October 2013. The gallery adds an additional 600 square feet providing for more exhibit space and member programming.
“We just really felt like it gave us a lot of versatility than before,” Buchanan said.