Bring your lunch and join us for the February Brown Bag Lunch & Learn with author, Michael J. Hightower, PhD. Dr. Hightower will speak about his new book, Banking in Oklahoma before Statehood, at noon on Wednesday, February 12 in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation Temporary Exhibit Gallery at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. The presentation is free to the public with a book signing to follow the presentation.
Hightower’s first of three books on banking and commerce in Oklahoma begins with banking in the early national period (1781-1864), when commercial processes joined in the East and followed the course of westward expansion, and ends on the eve of Oklahoma statehood in 1907. Topics range from the riverboat trade and freighting on the Santa Fe Trail to bartering, merchant banking, and the creation of banks that quickly became the bedrock of commercial culture in the Oklahoma and Indian Territories.
Dr. Hightower taught sociology at the University of Virginia and Washington and Lee University en route to becoming an author and historian. As a descendant of pioneer businessmen in the Oklahoma Territory and one-time cowboy in the Southwest, he researches and writes about the history of the American frontier, banking, and commerce.
For more information on the Brown Bag Lunch & Learn, please contact the Heritage Center at 580-237-1907 or www.csrhc.org. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located at 507 S. Fourth St. in Enid, Oklahoma.