OUR HISTORY

Founded on April 26, 1954, the Lincoln County Historical Society and Museum of Pioneer History is dedicated to the preservation of local history and the education of future generations in our shared heritage.

In 1966 the museum moved into its permanent home at 719 Manvel, known as the Mascho Building after the original owner.  In 1982 the buildings at 719 Manvel were purchased with funds raised by the Historical Society. These two buildings are considered the oldest county commercial unaltered building still in use, the 1897-1898 Mascho buildings are listed by the National Register of Historic Places. Built by pioneer grocer A.E. Mascho immediately after a tornado leveled the original town of Chandler in 1897 the twin buildings served as grocery and "racket" stores until the mid 1970s when it was converted into the Lincoln County Historical Society Museum. Recent expansions include the purchase of 721 Manvel, the Children’s Historical Research Center in 2004, and the old bakery building at 715 Manvel in 2007.

The collections within the museum include county wide photographs and artifacts from families dating back to before the land run of 1891.The Genealogy and Historical Research departments of the museum boosts microfilm and hard files of events, businesses, families, military and general history of the entire county going back to the Spanish American War.

The Lincoln County Historical Society and Museum of Pioneer History invites you to ignite your enthusiasm for Oklahoma history. We are dedicated to presenting the past in a fun and thought-provoking manner through the presentation of our rich heritage in artifacts and archival materials, creative exhibits and genealogical research.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Susan Morton................ President
Dee Douglas.................. Vice President
Liz Hellams.................... Secretary
Ron Gimondo................. Treasurer

Ron Gimondo
Ruth Hill
Pam Anderson
Carol Beckman
Ann Taylor
Brian Herring
Ruth Leake

Board Meetings: 2nd Monday of every month, 5:30 pm at the Museum.

GENERAL INFO

Museum of Pioneer History
719 Manvel Ave
Chandler, OK  74834
(405) 258-2425

The Museum’s hours vary by season.  Currently, our hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.