The Claremore Museum of History (MoH) has had the pleasure to work with The Walmart Museum, as well as the Robson and Walton families, to complete a special exhibition honoring the life of Helen Robson Walton. The MoH is committed to celebrating history through the stories of remarkable Oklahomans. This Friday, September 18th, the exhibit will open to the general public at 11:00 a.m.
This permanent exhibit opening marks 100 years from Helen’s birth in Claremore. On display are notable articles, awards, and a timeline of her greatest achievements. Visitors will learn how her Claremore roots influenced her integral role in the success of Walmart, her passion for giving back, her love of family, and more. After seeing the exhibit, Frank Robson, said, ”My sister truly lived her life by the saying, ‘It is not what you gather in life, it’s what you scatter in life that tells the kind of life you have lived.’” Mrs. Walton was named the museum’s inaugural History Maker Award winner in April 2016 Funds raised at the History Maker Event created the Claremore Public Schools and Education exhibit, which also features Mrs. Walton. This award is only presented as merited to an individual born or raised in Claremore who has made a difference far beyond the geographic boundaries of Rogers County.
Executive Director Andy Couch said, “Helen Robson Walton made an impact on communities across the world through her generosity and leadership. We are honored to have a permanent space in our museum that celebrates the remarkable life of Helen Robson Walton.”
Also featured with the exhibit is a chance for visitors to honor inspirational women with a public space to include their names and stories of impact on their communities. During regular museum hours, the MoH is following recommended social distancing guidelines and safety practices for groups visiting in person.