- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

KINGFISHER, Okla. (AP) - The Chisholm Trail Museum is celebrating a blast from the past with its special exhibit “TG&Y; is Still Alive: The 80th Anniversary Exhibit.”

Available through September, the exhibit celebrates the 80th anniversary of the first TG&Y; store.

Oklahoma City-based TG&Y; at one time had 900 stores nationwide. Sales averaged $2 billion annually. Falling on hard times, the chain was purchased in 1986. Its founders were Rawdon Tomlinson, Enoch Gosselin and Raymond Young - the inspiration for the name TG&Y.;

Young first opened his TG&Y; store in Kingfisher before retiring in 1970.

The Enid News (http://bit.ly/2996GtA ) reports that the museum opened “TG&Y;: An Original Oklahoma Icon” in 2014, winning the museum a national award for the now permanent exhibit. Many former employees were reunited because of the exhibit.

Museum Director Adam Lynn said the new exhibit is larger than “TG&Y;: An Original Oklahoma Icon,” which started fairly small and focused on Young.

“It was through these visitors that the museum acquired numerous donations of TG&Y; merchandise, pins, pamphlets, magazines and oral histories,” Lynn said in a written statement.

The 80th anniversary exhibit will celebrate the opening of the first TG&Y; store in 1936, he said, covering countless histories of former employees.

Binders with original newspaper clips announcing store openings will also be available to view, along with TG&Y; branded televisions, toy trucks, glass and other merchandise, Lynn said.

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Information from: Enid News & Eagle, http://www.enidnews.com

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