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CLAREMORE – The Dog Iron Ranch area of Will Rogers Memorial Museum Children’s Museum now includes a new kit called “Rigamajig” that empowers children to think dimensionally and build things larger than themselves.

Also, the children are getting exercise using wooden planks of various sizes and shapes.

Crystal Campbell was all smiles when she saw a group of children putting together a wagon during her first visit to the children’s area since arrival of the giant box of wood and accessories.

“It’s like a wooden erector set,” said Campbell, who is largely responsible for a $15,000 grant, which provided the “Rigamajig” at no cost to the museum.

The kit is designed to allow children to following their own curiosity through play and creativity, to find the hidden monsters, spaceships, wagons, or robots in the collection of wood, plastic, and rope.

In a cooperative learning adventure, children can make friends and share resources … “my pulley for your canvas … hold this while I connect that.” Then when playtime is over, they can take the “Rigamajig” apart or leave it for other children to re-imagine.

Campbell worked with Will Rogers Memorial Museum staff for a quick turn-around to obtain the “Rigamajig,” partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma as the primary funder that enabled the creatively play piece to be distributed.

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FORT SILL, Okla. - A concrete slab the size of a coffin lies about 3 inches into the ground. White stenciled lettering spells the word “CHILD” in capital letters near the top of it, and lying beneath is a little Comanche boy or girl.

The child was buried there decades ago along with other Comanche, some of whom remain “UNKNOWN.” In total, there are more than 200 Comanche graves on this southeast edge of Fort Sill Army Post, where a highway curves close by and a runway even closer. The actual cemetery location is on the east end of Henry Post Army Airfield, in a restricted area surrounded by a fence and sealed by a locked gate.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's tourism and agriculture departments are launching separate initiatives hoping to entice visitors to the state this summer through wine and music.

Rhythm & Routes will showcase musical artists and venues while Oklahoma Wine Trails showcases wineries through "trails" — itineraries that will take visitors across the state. Oklahoma Tourism Department spokeswoman Leslie Blair said people will be able to use the agency's website to find their favorite artist and develop itineraries based on that person's life.

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Since it opened four years ago, more than 250,000 guests from around the world have visited the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur.


Many have been impressed with all aspects of the campus, from the natural stone and copper clad buildings to the peaceful trickle of the many water features.


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