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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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“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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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 16, 2017

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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“Haunt the Mansion” tours, A. J. Seay Mansion

October 27, 7:00 pmOctober 28, 2:00 am
A. J. Seay Mansion, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Visit Kingfisher on Friday, October 27, from 7 pm until 2 am for "Haunt the Mansion" tours! Every hour on the hour, guests can tour the historic A. J. Seay Mansion. Tours are approximately one hour, and the last tour starts at 1 am. During each tour, guests will learn about the history of the mansion and the Oklahoma Paranormal Research Division will be performing paranormal investigations. For those who find the A. J. Seay Mansion a bit too scary…

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“50 Years of Historic Preservation” celebration and presentation by Dr. Bob Blackburn, Sod House Museum

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

Visit the Sod House Museum southeast of Aline to celebrate fifty years of preservation! On Saturday, October 28, at 10 am Dr. Bob Blackburn will give a presentation about the history of the sod house and OHS efforts to preserve Oklahoma’s only remaining sod house built by a homesteader. At one time, thousands of sod houses dotted the plains of North America. This two-room soddy, built by Marshal McCully in August 1894, is the only remaining sod house in Oklahoma…

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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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Preservation 101 workshop at the Oklahoma Archives Bazaar, Oklahoma History Center

October 28, 11:00 am12:00 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Do you know what acid-free means? The difference between encapsulation and lamination? What to do with wet documents and photographs? Come learn the basics of preserving your most treasured documents, books, and photographs in this 1-hour presentation. Patricia Jones, special collections librarian at the Oklahoma Historical Society, will demonstrate some preservation procedures that you can do at home to protect and preserve your paper-based items, without using special tools or materials. This workshop will be held during the Oklahoma Archives…

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Tracing Your Roots, Oklahoma History Center

October 28, 1:00 pm4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until November 18, 2017

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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Halloween Storytelling Time, Fred Drummond Home

October 28, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Fred Drummond Home, 305 North Price Avenue Hominy, OK 74035

Visit the Fred Drummond Home for old-fashioned storytelling and a tour of the home on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 6 to 8 pm. Staff dressed as Halloween characters will tell stories as visitors make their way through the site. At the end of the tour, treats and refreshments will be available for all. Admission will be taken at the door, and is $3 per person or $5 per family. For more information please call 918-885-2374.

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Ghost Hunting Tours, Henry Overholser Mansion

October 28, 7:00 pm11:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:00pm on Saturday, repeating until October 28, 2017

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

Have you ever wondered if the Overholser Mansion is haunted? Have you heard the stories about its visitors from the past, the orbs captured in photographs, and unexplained voices? Now is your chance to find out for yourself! Join us in October as we offer two opportunities to explore the paranormal side of Oklahoma City’s first mansion. Ghost hunting tours will take place on Saturday, October 14, and Saturday, October 28. Led by the Oklahoma Paranormal Association, these tours will…

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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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Trick-or-Treating at the Museum, Chisholm Trail Museum

October 31, 5:00 pm6:00 pm
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

The Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher is pleased to be an early stop for youngsters out trick-or-treating on Halloween! On Tuesday, October 31, from 5 to 6 pm, costumed staff members will be outside the museum awaiting trick-or-treaters. Be sure to stop by for some candy! Please call 405-375-5176 for more information.

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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

Celebrate Halloween Night at the Museum on Tuesday, October 31, from 6 to 8 pm at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Trick-or-treating will be combined with an opportunity for children, parents, and grandparents to visit the museum. Area businesses and individuals will have tables throughout the museum galleries to share treats. There will be special activities for the children and something for everyone. Admission to this family-friendly event is free. There will be a continuous showing of The Headless Horseman…

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November 2017

Christmas Past exhibit opens, Museum of the Western Prairie

November 1
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

On November 1, 2017, the Museum of the Western Prairie will open a new exhibit entitled Christmas Past. This exhibit features a collection of linocut prints by Derald Swineford, who was the head of the art department at Oklahoma College for Women, Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma from 1946 through 1977. Each holiday season Swineford prepared one of these prints for friends, students, and colleagues. The earliest prints, completed in 1940…

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“Back to Our Roots: An Exploration of Roots Music”, Oklahoma History Center

November 1, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center and the American Banjo Museum have partnered to present "Back to Our Roots: An Exploration of Roots Music" on Wednesday, November 1, at the Oklahoma History Center. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This program will be a historical discussion on the intersections of jazz, blues, and roots music as well as the influence of race, emancipation, and desegregation on the evolution of this music both in America and Oklahoma. Woven throughout the discussions will be live…

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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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Honey Springs Education Day, Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site

November 3
Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site, 101601 South 4232 Road Checotah, OK 74426

On Friday, November 3, 2017, the Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site will offer an Education Day for students and school groups from 9 am to 3 pm. Education Day is free but preregistration is required. Reenactments on Saturday, November 4, and Sunday, November 5, will be open to the public. Contact honeysprings@okhistory.org more more information. Education Day Registration

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Genealogy on the Web, Oklahoma History Center

November 3, 10:00 am4:00 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Rose State College and the OHS Research Center are teaming up to offer a Genealogy on the Web class. This class will acquaint researchers with a wide variety of little-known resources used by genealogists and librarians. Participants will learn how to locate free resources including genealogical books, records, and periodicals worldwide and how to search those sources. Registration is $39 and lunch is included. The class meets on Friday, November 3, 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm in the…

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Honey Springs Battle Reenactment, Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site

November 4November 5
Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site, 101601 South 4232 Road Checotah, OK 74426

The Reenactment of the Battle of Honey Springs will be November 4–5, 2017. There will be activities throughout the day and the reenactment begins at 1 pm on both days. Admission is $5 for adults; children twelve and under are free. For details about activities, parking, and more visit the visit the Battle Reenactment page. Friday, November 3, 2017, will be an Education Day for students and school groups from 9 am to 3 pm. Education Day is free but…

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

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

On September 29, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid opened an 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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First Saturday Hands-On History program, Oklahoma History Center

November 4, 1:00 pm4:00 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On the first Saturday of each month, the Oklahoma History Center will offer a special Hands-On History program from 1 to 4 pm. Each month the program focuses on a new theme with learning opportunities connected to that theme. The November program will celebrate American Indian Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. These programs encourage participation in historically based crafts and activities. The activities target children of all ages, but adults are always welcome to participate. First Saturday Hands-on History programs…

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Tracing Your Roots, Oklahoma History Center

November 4, 1:00 pm4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until November 18, 2017

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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Welcome Home: Oklahomans and the War in Vietnam exhibit opens, Oklahoma History Center

November 6
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On November 6, 2017, the Oklahoma History Center will open a new exhibit entitled Welcome Home: Oklahomans and the War in Vietnam. This exhibit will explore the impact of the war on Oklahoma families as told through the stories of the young men and women who served their country in the armed services, and the immigrant families who fled Vietnam and came to Oklahoma seeking freedom and opportunity. By connecting the dots of history, the exhibit will provide a contemporary…

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“Christmas Past” premiere program, Museum of the Western Prairie

November 7, 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

A premiere program will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, to explore the technique of creating linocut prints as well as the evolution of Christmas iconography through the centuries. This premiere program is hosted by the Western Trail Historical Society. It is free and open to the public. The program is in conjunction with the exhibit Christmas Past. This exhibit features a collection of linocut prints by Derald Swineford, who was the head of the art…

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The Wall That Heals exhibit and mobile Education Center, Oklahoma History Center

November 9, 12:00 amNovember 12, 2:00 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Visit The Wall That Heals traveling exhibition and mobile Education Center at the Oklahoma History Center November 9–12, 2017. This exhibit features a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The Wall That Heals lists the names of more than 58,000 service members who fell in the Vietnam War. The names are arranged chronologically by date of casualty, so that those who died together may be forever linked. Locating a Name Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray, Sod House Museum

November 11, 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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Military Day program, Fort Towson Historic Site

November 11, 10:00 am2:00 pm
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63 Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Visit Fort Towson for Military Day on Saturday, November 11, 2017. This event will explore the military history of the fort from 10 am to 2 pm. Several demonstrations are scheduled to run simultaneously. First, stop and visit the sutler to learn about trade in the 1800s. Then, watch military maneuvers, learn Fort Towson history from knowledgeable interpreters, and see the cannon fire.

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Tracing Your Roots, Oklahoma History Center

November 11, 1:00 pm4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until November 18, 2017

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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Memoir Writing workshop, Chisholm Trail Museum

November 14, 2:00 pm4:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 2:00pm on [day], repeating until December 12, 2017

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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