Edna Hoffman Bowman

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Edna Hoffman Bowman

Edna Hoffman Bowman

“Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of oneself.”
Edna Hoffman Bowman


Oklahoma native Edna Hoffman Bowman graduated from Kingfisher High School in 1924 and attended Oklahoma City University from 1924 to 1926 before graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1928. She moved to Newkirk, Oklahoma, as a fourth grade teacher and, in 1929, taught English and Speech at Newkirk High School. She remained there as a drama coach and directed the debate team, glee clubs, and quartets. She married George Lynn Bowman in 1940. After her husband’s death in 1957, she became the director and treasurer of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Fun fact

It was around 1920 when Edna Bowman became the first girl in Kingfisher County to bob her hair, a circumstance that excited the entire school and much of the adult community. Instantly, she became either an idol or a sinner, and one church even held a prayer meeting on her behalf.

Oklahoma connections

Bowman was born on a farm southwest of Kingfisher, Oklahoma.




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Relevant Exhibits

Beyond the Portraits: Artists and Their Subjects

Beyond the Portraits: Artists and Their Subjects

This exhibition is an exploration of the diverse range of portrait artists featured within the Gaylord-Pickens Museum’s collection of portraits and busts. The eight artworks selected were created between 1924-2004 and showcase a wide range of artistic styles.