OKLAHOMA CITY — A new exhibit, “Early Influencers: How Anna Overholser & Henry Ione Overholser Perry Set the Style for Oklahoma City Women, 1903–1929,” will open to the public on Friday, July 1 at the Henry and Anna Overholser Mansion in Oklahoma City.
The exhibit will feature clothing and accessories worn by or inspired by Anna and Henry Ione which will be displayed on each floor of the historic home. A fashion timeline, as well as archival photos of the Overholser women and other trendsetters of the time, will be on display throughout the exhibits.
A preview of the exhibit for members will be held the evening of Thursday, June 30 from 6-8 p.m. for Preservation Oklahoma and Oklahoma Historical Society members only.
The exhibition will remain open all summer until August 31.
“We are thrilled to bring fashion back to the Overholser,” said Chantry Banks, Executive Director of Henry and Anna Overholser Mansion. see what was ‘next’ in fashion.
“Exhibition organizer Heather Franks has tirelessly researched trends from the time periods represented in the exhibit and presents the objects creatively,” Banks added. “We can’t wait to have you join us and experience what life as a ‘first influencer’ was like.”
Built by Henry Overholser, nicknamed the “Father of Oklahoma City”, and his wife Anna, the Overholser Mansion is considered the first mansion built in Oklahoma City. David Jay Perry, the Overholsers’ son-in-law, sold the mansion and all of its possessions to the Oklahoma Historical Society in April 1972. Preservation Oklahoma has been the custodian of this Overholser mansion since 2003.
Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. is the state’s only private, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and coordinating historic preservation activities throughout the state. To learn more about Preservation Oklahoma, visit preserveok.org.
The Overholser was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1970.
The Henry and Anna Overholser Mansion is affiliated with the Oklahoma Historical Society, whose mission is to collect, preserve, and share the history and culture of the State of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS operates museums, historic sites and branches throughout the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications, the OHS tells Oklahoma’s rich history.
The Henry and Anna Overholser Mansion is located at 405 NW 15th St. in Oklahoma City. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information on tours and admission, call 405-525-5325 or visit overholsermansion.org.