Henryetta Territoral Museum
410 West Moore
PO Box 459
Henryetta, OK 74437
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 2- 6pm; Closed Thursday and Sunday
The Henryetta Territorial Museum is housed in Henryetta's original one-room school, constructed by W.B. Hudson in 1905 on the northwest corner of 5th & Trudgeon with lumber hauled in from Indiana. The building was moved across the street by a team of horses in 1926, but was left as it was, hauled in with the back facing the street. In 1983, the dilapidated building was moved to its current location at 410 W Moore and restored to its original condition, with the addition of a small kitchen and indoor privy.
The museum housed:
- The first school
- Henryetta's first public library
- First Presbyterian Church
- American Legion
- Boy Scout headquarters
- Red Cross Headquarters
- Dentist office
It now, once again, plays an important role in the community as a center of activities and a major tourist attraction for our town.
The museum is home to the Joseph W. Hardin Photography Collection. From the Spirit of St. Louis to coal miners 350 feet underground, the digitally preserved and magnificently displayed work of Joseph W. Hardin are among the greatest photographs ever taken. Hardin's ten-foot panoramic film negatives, extremely rare in photography, and created using cameras of his own invention, recorded Oklahoma's oilfields and boomtowns in their glory days. His glass negatives captured the weathered faces of dust-bowl farmers and their families on drought-stricken homesteads. The camera was his canvas, and his artistry our inheritance.
Unseen for decades, these exquisite photographs are now presented using both print and digital technologies, immersing the viewer in the sights and sounds of a uniquely Oklahoma experience.
Visit the home of the Hardin photo collection and experience the joys, tribulations and triumphs of early Oklahoma through the lens of an American legend, Joseph W. Hardin.
Take the Henryetta Main Street exit from US Hwy 75 to Fourth Street. Turn South on Fourth one block to Territorial Park. The Museum and Gazebo are located next to Henryetta City Hall.