With a rich and diverse cultural heritage, Washington County, Oklahoma, is unique. The county helped usher in the modern age with the discovery and development of the petroleum industry. Today's residents of the county enjoy the benefits of large cities with small-town charm and warmth. This small-town appeal can be seen in the rich photographic tradition that has been left behind. Michelle M. Martin is a historian, photographer, and multimedia producer who seeks to preserve the rich tapestry of the American historical narrative. Communicating this history is one of her greatest passions.