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September 2017

Preservation 50 exhibit opens, Pioneer Woman Museum

September 26
Pioneer Woman Statue and Museum, 701 Monument Road Ponca City, OK 74604

Beginning Tuesday, September 26, the Pioneer Woman Museum will host the Preservation 50 exhibit from Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. This special traveling exhibit includes photos of buildings and structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and information about the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Visitors will learn more about the NHPA and its importance to preserving Oklahoma's historic resources. In conjunction with the exhibit, David Pettyjohn, executive director of Preservation Oklahoma, Inc., will give a presentation on Saturday,…

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Firefighting in the Strip exhibit opens, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

September 29
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On Friday, September 29, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will open its newest exhibit entitled Firefighting in the Strip. It will be on display in the J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation Gallery through Saturday, November 4. For more information please call 580-237-1907.

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51st annual Heritage Hills Historic Homes and Gardens Tour, Henry Overholser Mansion

September 30October 1
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Visit Oklahoma City for the 51st annual Heritage Hills Historic Homes and Gardens Tour on Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1. Tours will be held from noon to 5 pm each day. This self-guided tour allows attendees to visit several private residences and the Henry Overholser Mansion. The tour offers a glimpse of the past beautifully melded with the present, showcasing the neighborhood's historic charm. The Overholser Mansion will be the central hub of activities including food trucks, pop-up…

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Big Red Truck Day, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

September 30, 11:00 am3:00 pm
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On Saturday, September 30, from 11 am to 3 pm the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host Big Red Truck Day. This event will showcase several vintage fire trucks that once served Cherokee Outlet communities. Big Red Truck Day is held in conjunction with the museum's newest temporary exhibit, Firefighting in the Strip, which features artifacts and stories of the early days of fire protection. Firefighting in the Strip will be on display in the J. E.…

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October 2017

Annual Quilt Show exhibit opens, Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum

October 1
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, 1141 Pawnee Bill Road Pawnee, OK 74058

Visit the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum during the month of October to see the annual Quilt Show. The quilt show is open during normal hours of operation and there is no charge to see the special exhibit. Visitors can view a variety of modern and heirloom quilts. October of operation for the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday–Saturday and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday.

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Memoir Writing workshop, Chisholm Trail Museum

October 3, 2:00 pm4:00 pm
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Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

The Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher will host a Memoir Writing workshop on Tuesday from 2 to 4 pm. This workshop will be presented by author Andrea Foster and she will provide instruction on how to write a memoir, edit your finished work, publish your work, and preserve your stories for posterity. The Chisholm Trail Museum is pleased to host this workshop and help share the importance of written first-hand accounts, biographies, and autobiographies in piecing together our history. Memoir…

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An Evening with Author Kim Parrish program, Museum of the Western Prairie

October 3, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

The Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus is pleased to present "An Evening with Author Kim Parrish" on Tuesday, October 3, at 7 pm. Altus native Kim Parrish will talk about his experiences while writing Cowboy Up: John Smith Leads the Legendary Oklahoma State Wrestlers to Their Greatest Season Ever and Making Things Better: Wes Watkins' Legacy of Leadership. This is a chance to hear the "behind the words" stories of his work with both of these famous Oklahoma…

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Antique Agriculture Festival, George M. Murrell Home

October 6October 8
George M. Murrell Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

The Murrell Home's annual Antique Agricultural Festival is right around the corner. Have you ever wanted to step back into a simpler time before automated living, or see how nineteenth-century folk carried out their day-to-day activities? If so, this is the festival for you! Come spend a day, or the weekend, with us and watch living historians from across the state prepare the farm for the winter, nineteenth-century style. We will have draft horses, plowing, apple preservation, campfire cooking, woodworking,…

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Family Day at the Ranch, Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch

October 7, 10:00 am2:00 pm
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Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Experience life on a 19th-century ranch near Oologah! Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch will host Family Day at the Ranch on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Hands-on activities and demonstrations will give visitors a glimpse of everyday life on the ranch during Will Rogers's childhood. This month will feature 19th-century carpentry and agricultural activities, and a nature program presented by Robert Gibbs, Rogers County Conservation District's education coordinator. Visitors also can enjoy a scenic stroll through the expansive property,…

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“Preservation 50” presentation by David Pettyjohn, Pioneer Woman Museum

October 7, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Pioneer Woman Statue and Museum, 701 Monument Road Ponca City, OK 74604

On Saturday, October 7, at 1 pm the Pioneer Woman Museum will host a free presentation entitled "Preservation 50" by David Pettyjohn, executive director of Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. This program is held in conjunction with the traveling exhibit, Preservation 50. Please call 580-765-6108 for more information.

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Home School Day, Oklahoma History Center

October 9, 10:00 am2:00 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center will host Home School Day on Monday, October 9, from 10 am to 2 pm. Home School Day is designed to offer family learners the chance to participate in a program specifically designed for mixed age groups. Activities run throughout the day allowing participants to stop by any time. Visitors can explore the museum with the help of gallery guides, follow along with our scavenger hunt, take part in hands-on demonstrations, and enjoy a variety of…

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“Lincoln and Literacy” program, Oklahoma History Center

October 9, 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center is proud to host "Lincoln and Literacy," a program focused on childhood literacy, on Monday, October 9, at 6:30 pm. The event will feature former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating and historical interpreter Fritz Klein portraying Abraham Lincoln. The program will begin in a conversational setting with President Lincoln and Governor Keating discussing the importance of literacy. Governor Keating also will present his children's book, Abraham, which follows the life of Abraham Lincoln from boyhood to his…

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“Enid Fire Department” Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program by Ken Helms, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

October 11, 12:00 pm1:30 pm
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will host a free Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program on Wednesday, October 11, at noon in the Village Church. City of Enid Fire Marshal Ken Helms will give a presentation about the Enid Fire Department. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches and learn something new! For more information please call 580-237-1907.

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Historic Preservation Review Committee meeting, Oklahoma History Center

October 12
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is pleased to announce the Oklahoma Historic Preservation Review Committee's (HPRC) meeting schedule for calendar year 2017. The governor appoints the members of the HPRC to advise the SHPO about nominations to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and other preservation issues. Current HPRC members include William P. Corbett (Historian, Tahlequah); Ron Frantz (Architect, Oklahoma City); John D. Hartley (Prehistoric Archeologist, Norman); Arn Henderson (Architectural Historian, Norman); and Charles S.…

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Doaksville Candlelight Tours, Fort Towson Historic Site

October 13October 14
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63 Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Visit Fort Towson Historic Site for a unique and historical nighttime tour. The tour will begin with a hayride through the Fort Towson cemetery. Tour guides will then lead visitors through the walking portion of the trail. Multiple stops will allow visitors to learn the history of the fort from interpreters in period dress. The tour will end with a hayride back to the entrance. The Candlelight tours are available from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, with a tour beginning every…

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Watonga Cheese and Wine Festival, T. B. Ferguson Home

October 13October 14
T. B. Ferguson Home, 519 North Weigle Avenue Watonga, OK 73772

The T. B. Ferguson Home will be open for the Watonga Cheese and Wine Festival, October 13–14, 2017. Hours are Friday from 11 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Call 580-623-5069 for details.

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Archaeology Month event, Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center

October 14
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 First Street Spiro, OK 74959

The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will celebrate Archaeology Month with a lecture and a guided walk on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Archaeology Month is sponsored and promoted by the Oklahoma Anthropological Society and includes many more events throughout the month of October. A lecture about the prehistory of this region will start at 1 pm. There also will be a guided tour of the site at 2 pm led by manager Dennis Peterson. The regular exhibits will be available throughout…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray, Sod House Museum

October 14, 9:00 am11:00 am
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Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

Visit the Sod House Museum southeast of Aline for a free quilting workshop on Saturday. The workshop will take place from 9 am to 11 am with instructor Martha Ray. This workshop is free to attend. Please call 580-463-2441 for more information.

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Memoir Writing workshop, Chisholm Trail Museum

October 17, 2:00 pm4:00 pm
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Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

The Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher will host a Memoir Writing workshop on Tuesday from 2 to 4 pm. This workshop will be presented by author Andrea Foster and she will provide instruction on how to write a memoir, edit your finished work, publish your work, and preserve your stories for posterity. The Chisholm Trail Museum is pleased to host this workshop and help share the importance of written first-hand accounts, biographies, and autobiographies in piecing together our history. Memoir…

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Scary Tales & Twilight Tours, Henry Overholser Mansion

October 19October 20
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Scary Tales and Twilight Tours will take place on Thursday, October 19, and Friday, October 20, 2017. Visitors will hear the spooky stories of Oklahoma history and get a rare glimpse inside the Overholser Mansion after dark. The tours begin at 7 pm on Thursday, October 19, and at 7 and 8:30 pm on Friday, October 20. Tickets are $20 per person. Please RSVP by calling the Overholser Mansion at 405-525-5325.

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Mysteries of the Mansion tour, Henry Overholser Mansion

October 19, 7:00 pm9:00 pm
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Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Visit the Overholser Mansion in Oklahoma City for the Mysteries of the Mansion tour on Thursday at 7 pm. This extended tour allows guests to tour the mansion at night, examine archival materials, and hear some amazing stories. Guests are asked to RSVP in advance and the cost is $20 per person. To make a reservation for this special tour, please call 405-525-5325 or email overholsermansion@preservationok.org. The Overholser Mansion is owned by the OHS and managed by Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.

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“A Night in the Life: The Roaring Twenties” gala, Oklahoma History Center

October 20, 7:00 pm10:00 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Tickets available now! Join the Oklahoma Historical Society for an immersive evening in the roaring 1920s on Friday, October 20, 2017, from 7 pm to 10 pm. Held at the Oklahoma History Center, this fundraising event will boast three spaces: a Prohibition-era barrelhouse featuring live blues music; a mingling area with food, bar, and dance lessons; and an exclusive speakeasy featuring live jazz music and an open bar. Enjoy impromptu live performances and live action vignettes that will make you…

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Family Farm Day, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

October 21, 11:00 am3:00 pm
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Visit the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center for Family Farm Day on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 11 am to 3 pm. Family Farm Day is a hands-on experience celebrating our heritage of family farms powered by animals and human muscle. Activities and demonstrations include horseshoeing, pie making, caramel apples, quilts and textiles, leather crafting, canning, butter making, and other farm skills. Visitors can see the farm animals and view tucks and tractors on display. A pie auction at 1…

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Third Saturday Living History program, George M. Murrell Home

October 21, 1:00 pm4:00 pm
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George M. Murrell Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

Visit the George M. Murrell Home in Park Hill on Saturday from 1 to 4 pm. to participate in a nineteenth-century living history activity. The Third Saturday Living History program is free and open to visitors of all ages. It is held on the third Saturday of each month, with a new topic for each program. For more information please call 918-456-2751, email murrellhome@okhistory.org, or visit www.facebook.com/murrellhome. The Murrell Home is located three miles south of Tahlequah at 19479 East…

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Tatting workshop, Chisholm Trail Museum

October 21, 1:00 pm4:00 pm
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Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Learn the tatting technique for handcrafting lace with a series of loops and knots at a Tatting workshop on Saturday. The workshop will be held from 1 to 4 pm. at the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher. It is open to the public and free to attend. Tatting workshops are held on the third Saturday of each month. Please call 405-375-5176 or email ctokmuseum@gmail.com for more information.

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History Never Dies, Oklahoma Territorial Museum

October 21, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Oklahoma Territorial Museum, 406 East Oklahoma Avenue Guthrie, OK 73044

Visit the Oklahoma Territorial Museum in Guthrie for History Never Dies on Saturday, October 21, from 5 to 7 pm. This free event includes carnival games, prizes, scavenger hunts, and Halloween-themed crafts. It also gives children another chance to dress up, as costumes are encouraged. Attendees will enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn, and festive appetizers prepared by the Friends of the Oklahoma Territorial Museum. The museum exhibit galleries will be free and open to the public during the event. For…

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“Writing from Historical Objects” workshop with Oklahoma’s State Poet Laureate Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahoma Territorial Museum

October 23, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Oklahoma Territorial Museum, 406 East Oklahoma Avenue Guthrie, OK 73044

Current Oklahoma State Poet Laureate Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish will lead a free writing workshop at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum in Guthrie on Monday, October 23, at 6 pm. Workshop participants will write poetry and prose inspired by items in the museum's collection. Participants should bring paper and a writing implement. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish is a scholar, poet and prose writer who is the 2017–2018 Oklahoma state poet laureate. Her most recent books are What I Learned at the War,…

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Kilgen Organ performance–SOLD OUT, Oklahoma History Center

October 23, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Tickets for the October 23 performance are sold out. The Oklahoma History Center will host a "Halloween at the Movies" Kilgen Organ performance by Clark Wilson on Monday, October 23, at 7 pm. Wilson will provide musical accompaniment while attendees enjoy a screening of the silent horror film, Nosferatu (1922).

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Kilgen Organ performance, Oklahoma History Center

October 24, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Due to popular demand, the Oklahoma History Center has added an additional "Halloween at the Movies" Kilgen Organ performance in October. Tickets are now available! On Tuesday, October 24, at 7 pm organist Clark Wilson will perform. Wilson will provide musical accompaniment while attendees enjoy a screening of the silent horror film, Nosferatu (1922). Tickets are $10 for OHS members and $20 for the general public, and may be reserved by calling 405-522-0765.

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OkNHD Fall Library Day, University of Central Oklahoma Chambers Library

October 26, 9:00 am3:00 pm
University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library, 100 North University Drive Edmond, OK 73034

Join us for our annual OkNHD Fall Library Day October 26, 9 am–3 pm, at the University of Central Oklahoma.  Students will research at the university's Chambers Library and attend workshops to help with their projects. OkNHD Library Day is free to attend! Click to register online.

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Ghost Stories program, George M. Murrell Home

October 27October 28
George M. Murrell Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

For the 25th consecutive year, the George M. Murrell Home in Park Hill will be the backdrop for storytellers spinning yarns about the "Hunter's Ghost" and other chilling accounts. The event will be held on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28. Ghost stories related to the 1845 plantation mansion are documented as early as the 1930s. One story, the "Hunter's Ghost," is the legend that grew out of the years George Murrell operated the mansion before the Civil War.…

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50 Years of Historic Preservation program, Sod House Museum

October 28, 10:00 am12:00 pm
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

Join the Sod House Museum for a presentation on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 10 am commemorating 50 years of historic preservation at this unique site. OHS Executive Director Dr. Bob Blackburn will speak about the efforts to preserve the only sod house remaining in Oklahoma, built by homesteader Marshal McCully in 1894.

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Oklahoma Archives Bazaar, Oklahoma History Center

October 28, 11:00 am3:00 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The OHS Research Center is partnering with the Oklahoma Archivists Association to host an Oklahoma Archives Bazaar. The event will be Saturday, October 28, from 11 am to 3 pm at the Oklahoma History Center. The Oklahoma Archives Bazaar is a free, fun event that is open to the general public and appropriate for all ages. At the center of the event are booths from archives, libraries, and museums across the state showing off their amazing collections and services. Our…

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Tracing Your Roots, Oklahoma History Center

October 28, 1:00 pm4:30 pm
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Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Four Saturday sessions: October 28, November 4, 11, 18 | 1:00–4:30 pm The University of Central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Historical Society will present this four-week class. This course is designed to teach individuals the basics of genealogy. Topics include the following: how to begin your genealogical search, record keeping, software; census records; vital records; using newspapers for genealogical research; America Indian genealogical research tools; beginning DNA; how to search for heritage online; how to obtain free resources that are…

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Halloween Carnival and Haunted House, T. B. Ferguson Home

October 28, 5:00 pm10:00 pm
T. B. Ferguson Home, 519 North Weigle Avenue Watonga, OK 73772

The T. B. Ferguson Home will host a Halloween Carnival and Haunted House on Friday, October 28, 2017. The event is from 5 to 10 pm. Call 580-623-5069 for more information.

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24th annual Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society induction ceremony, UCO Nigh University Center

October 30, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Nigh University Center, 100 North University Drive Edmond, OK 73034

The Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society (OHEHS) will host its 24th annual Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame awards dinner and induction ceremony on Monday, October 30, at 6:30 pm at the University of Central Oklahoma's Nigh University Center. The OHEHS, established in 1991 as a nonprofit to support awareness of higher education's vital role in Oklahoma history, has inducted more than 200 individuals into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame since its establishment in 1994. The Oklahoma Higher…

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Annual Quilt Show exhibit closes, Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum

October 31, 8:00 am5:00 pm

The Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum's annual Quilt Show exhibit closes on October 31, 2017. Don't miss your chance to enjoy this wonderful exhibit of heritage and modern quilts. The quilt show is open during normal hours of operation and there is no charge to see the special exhibit. October of operation for the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday–Saturday and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday.

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Memoir Writing workshop, Chisholm Trail Museum

October 31, 2:00 pm4:00 pm
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Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

The Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher will host a Memoir Writing workshop on Tuesday from 2 to 4 pm. This workshop will be presented by author Andrea Foster and she will provide instruction on how to write a memoir, edit your finished work, publish your work, and preserve your stories for posterity. The Chisholm Trail Museum is pleased to host this workshop and help share the importance of written first-hand accounts, biographies, and autobiographies in piecing together our history. Memoir…

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Halloween Night at the Museum, Will Rogers Memorial Museum

October 31, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Are you looking for a fun and safe place to trick or treat? The Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore will be open from 6 to 8 pm for trick-or-treaters of all ages on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. This event is free and open to the public.

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November 2017

Will Rogers Days, Claremore and Oologah

November 2November 5
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Visit Claremore and Oologah for Will Rogers Days, November 2–5, 2017. Will Rogers Days features community events throughout the weekend including festivals, a car show, shopping, a parade and more. Come celebrate the birthday of Will Rogers and the opening of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. For the full listing of events and activities please visit www.willrogers.com/will-rogers-days.

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