Oklahoma Baptist Children’s Homes Celebrate History With Heritage Room

Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC) celebrated the grand opening of the Heritage Room at Baptist Children’s Home in Oklahoma City in March.

“I am excited we get to showcase the history of the Baptist Children’s Home, Oklahoma City campus,” said OBHC President Greg McNeece. “Since 1903 and continuing today, the work and ministry to children has been unwavering. Oklahoma Baptists have no idea of the impact they have made into thousands of children’s lives over these years. Through the generous donations of people, OBHC continues today as the largest not-for-profit provider to children in the state.”

The new and improved Heritage Room provides the history of OBHC through the lens of the Oklahoma City campus. Amy Van Dyke, lead curator of Art and Exhibitions for the Museum of the Bible, was hired to lead the project. The former Heritage Room located in the gymnasium at the Oklahoma City campus was crammed full of memorabilia, making it difficult to engage and accurately tell the story of OBHC. Van Dyke worked for months researching and creating a beautiful and professional display.

“I decided to create a display that was inspired by many history museums I’ve visited,” Van Dyke said. “(The Heritage Room) creates a scene and showcases groups of things that may not necessarily be interesting on their own, but together they tell a story. The planks and underlying structure are from old set pieces we used in exhibitions that toured the U.S., the Vatican, Germany and Cuba.”

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Source: Baptist Press