Starting in 1972, active firefighter Sam Oruch passionately introduced visitors to firefighter memorabilia and artifacts from Oklahoma City’s blaze-battling past. He gave his museum tour for 33 years—a tradition carried on today by the museum’s current staff. Today, guests can still admire a collection of more than 7,000 firefighter patches, explore a replica of a fire station from the early 1900s, and gaze upon the collection of fire trucks that includes one that dates back to 1910.
As guests enter, they pass the Murrah Memorial, which honors the bravery of rescue workers in the aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The museum also boasts a collection of firefighting uniforms and The Last Alarm, a mural painted by Lynn Campbell that with images of the vehicles and industry-grade snowballs used to fight fires throughout American history.
Teen emPower! Inc. (TEI) hosts two programs that aim to prevent high-risk sexual behaviors among adolescents that could lead to pregnancy or STIs. The programs include The Courage to Say KNOW, which was developed at the University of Oklahoma, and Postponing Sexual Involvement, which teaches students to be peer mentors and share science-based instruction. The programs take a holistic approach to healthy sexual relationships by touching on a variety of issues, including setting boundaries, the prevention of HIV and other STIs, contraceptives, self-esteem, and abstinence. TEI draws students from three regional high schools and trains them to become peer educators so they can help spread the programs to middle-school students and high-school freshmen.
From his 1889 arrival in Oklahoma City until his death in 1915, Henry Overholser was an instrumental force in the city's growth. Beyond his involvement in the metropolis's first waterworks project and trolley-car system, he built more than 35 buildings, including the United States Courthouse, the state fairgrounds, and a giant catapult to protect it from invading Kansans.
In addition to civic pride, Overholser also took time to care for his own habitat. In 1903, he completed construction of his home, a gargantuan, three-story chateau measuring more than 11,000 square feet paired with a smaller but no less stately 4,000-square-foot carriage house. These days, guided tours of the Henry Overholser Mansion begin there before moving into the main house, whose original furnishings and antwerp oak interior remain intact. The meticulously maintained dwelling retains most of its signature fixtures, which were picked out by Overholser himself, treating guests to glimpses of elegance including its original hand-painted canvas walls and stained-glass windows.
Project Mom grants mothers of all stages and ages a mini break from the frenzies of home during a relaxing day convention. Saturday's festivities put the spotlight on several experts in maternal matters, from Lilian Hopes Designs to Kara Abrahamson and Jennifer Brandt of Planting Seeds Christian Counseling. Relaxation stations throughout the convention melt away stress between breakout discussions on a variety of topics, including frugal nutrition, wrangling teens and tweens, party planning, and managing toddler during those pre-hours before preschool time. Free giveaways reward guests with luxurious prizes, such as spa passes, and complimentary swag bags send moms home with gift cards, beauty products, and fly swatters for disciplining mischievous imaginary friends.
Rebuilding Together Oklahoma City provides free home repairs and updates for low-income homeowners to ensure safer, more secure, and energy-efficient housing. Its volunteers insulate attics and weatherize doors to increase energy efficiency, install wheelchair ramps and handrails to increase safety for homeowners with limited mobility, and repair or replace aging roofs. Teams of volunteers are also available to complete basic upkeep tasks including carpentry, painting, and yard work.
Lifelong yogi Katie Windom views the age-old physical art form as a remedy to life’s many ills, from stress and pelvic pain to depression. Katie’s multipronged perspective presents itself in her diverse list of classes, which includes hatha yoga, hot yoga, and sessions catered to kids and teenagers. As a master reiki instructor, Katie injects energy-based spirituality into several of her classes, which she prepares for with a complimentary meditation session every Monday morning.