mary virginia marland, circa 1920
Mary Virginia Marland was a social leader in the community and was loved by many. She can open her magic traveling trunk to revel artifacts from the 1920s used in the home for a fun show-in-tell of sorts. Contents include women’s and men’s personal items and some household kitchen items. The presentation is given in show-n-tell fashion as Mary Virginia Marland takes each item one by one out of her truck and asks the audience to “guess” what each item is and how it was used. A lively discussion then follows with factual information on the rest of the story. Accompany Mary Virginia around the home as she describes the life and times of E.W. and Mary Virginia Marland and their adopted niece and nephew, Lydie and George Marland.
mollie and joe miller, circa 1920
The Miller Brothers were famous entertainers and ranchers in the early 1900s living just southwest of Ponca City. They traveled with the likes of Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show with their own equally famous 101 Ranch Wild West Show. This colorful pair, Joe Miller and mother Mollie, will share stories of the largest diversified farm and ranch in the United States, a city unto itself for the time.
ew & lydie marland, circa 1928
E.W. Marland and second wife, Lydie Marland, will regale you with stories of how Marland Oil came into power and what life was like in Ponca City in the 1920s during the oil boom era when Polo and Fox Hunting were popular pastimes. Share in their adventure from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma, from first wife Mary Virginia Collins Marland to second wife(and adopted niece) Lydie Roberts Marland.