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Tishomingo NWR's, Washita Farm Heritage Center
Southwest Region, September 9, 2009
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Washita Farm Heritage Center
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The highly anticipated Washita Farm Heritage Center is nearing completion this fall 2009.  The dedication scheduled for next month is a tribute to all who have helped make this center a reality and the Chapman family who began the legacy in the early 1920's.  The project has been in the works for almost four years and and has been a cooperative effort of the refuge, Johnston County Historical Society, Tishomingo Refuge Ecology and Education Society and the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.  The center will depict artifacts and memorabilia of the Washita Farm Era.  The 13,000 acre farm's fascinating story about one man's desire to work the land with the help of many during the Great Depression while gaining affirmation of being the agricultural showplace of southern Oklahoma.  Phillip A. Chapman's undertakings are still visible today, as the concrete buildings he constructed embrace the newly renovated heritage center, education center, observatory, equipment and storage barns, residence and refuge headquarters.  This exciting story is told in the Washita Farm brochure published this past October by the refuge.  

Contact Info: Melissa Holder, 580/371-2402, melissa_holder@fws.gov
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