Trait’s Trace of History

Trait’s Trace of History

Trait Thompson took off his hard hat when he took the job as executive director of the Oklahoma History Center in January. For six-and-a-half years, he had overseen the restoration of the Oklahoma State Capitol, the state’s largest historic structure. During the first month at his new job, he traded his safety vest for traveling shoes as he hopped into a car and visited many of the 26 of the smaller historic sites and museums he now manages. 

During his month-long road trip, he discovered the many treasures that Oklahoma has to offer. “There are so many great places to experience in our state. Maybe you want a change of scenery, a weekend trip or just want to learn something new—it’s only a few hours drive to see something completely different.” 

Trait’s tour guide was retiring director, Dr. Bob Blackburn, the Oklahoma Historical Society’s director for 41 years. “It was amazing being with Dr. Blackburn for a whole month, hearing him tell the history and background of each site. Few agency directors