History on display

A new piece of Oklahoma’s storied history is on display at the Oklahoma History Center, thanks in part to people with disabilities at Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC).

Cody and Shon standing next to the finished product.

A replica of Oklahoma’s first flag (adopted in 1911) is now encased in a 5’6” by 8’6” picture frame, manufactured at Wyman Frame – DRTC’s custom picture framing division. It is the largest frame ever assembled at Wyman Frame.

“The sheer size of this frame presented challenges,” said Carla Folks, Certified Picture Framer at Wyman Frame. “We assembled it with an inner and outer frame to provide more support, and had to special order other materials to finish the project.”

The completed frame, weighing approximately 100 pounds, required special care and multiple people to transport throughout the process. It is now on display in a classroom connected to the Research Center at the Oklahoma History Center.

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March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and DRTC is proud to honor the accomplishments of individuals served through its various programs. Each year, DRTC provides training or employment to approximately 1,000 people with disabilities. Last year, participants in DRTC’s programs earned $5.2 million in wages.

In addition to operating Wyman Frame, DRTC also manufactures awards and trophies, as well as produces custom-branded promotional items. The nonprofit agency holds federal contracts at Tinker Air Force Base, FAA and federal buildings in downtown OKC providing custodial and food service.

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs approximately 1,000 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

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