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April 2017

Care and Conservation of Heirloom Quilts presentation, Pioneer Woman Museum

April 29, 10:30 am12:00 pm
Pioneer Woman Statue and Museum,
701 Monument Road Ponca City, OK 74604

Visit the Pioneer Woman Museum on Saturday, April 29, from 10:30 am to noon for the Care and Conservation of Heirloom Quilts presentation. Have an old family quilt in the closet and you are not quite sure how to take care of it? Should you wash it? Dry it? Leave it alone? Listen in with guest lecturer and local quilt artist Elsie M. Campbell. This presentation is free to attend. Campbell is an award-winning quilt maker who travels and teaches…

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May 2017

Tracing Your Roots, Rose State College

May 2, 10:00 am12:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until May 9, 2017
Community Learning Center, Rose State,
6191 Hudiburg Drive Midwest City, OK 73110

The Oklahoma Historical Society and Rose State College are offering a seven-week class on family research. This course is designed to teach individuals the basics of genealogy. Students will learn how to search for their heritage online, how to obtain free resources that are available for research, and how to access materials located at the Oklahoma Historical society. The class will conclude with a behind the scenes tour of the Oklahoma Historical Society Research Center. Come learn with us as…

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“The Log of a Cowboy” program, Museum of the Western Prairie

May 2, 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Museum of the Western Prairie,
1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

Andy Adams (1859–1935), the author of The Log of a Cowboy, is celebrated as one of the most important chroniclers of the range cattle industry and cowboys. Tracey Hanshew, an Oklahoma humanities scholar, will review Adams' account of a trail drive north from Texas with vivid descriptions of stampedes and river crossings as well as the yarns cowboys told around the campfire. This event is hosted by the Western Trail Historical Society. The program is free and open to the…

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Oklahoma National History Day contest, Oklahoma History Center

May 3May 4
Oklahoma History Center,
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

National History Day is more than an academic exercise for thousands of Oklahoma junior high and high school students; it is a tradition. On May 3–4, more than 500 6th through 12th grade students will present their exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites, and papers at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City for the opportunity to advance to the National History Day contest held each summer at the University of Maryland at College Park. Oklahoma National History Day is part of…

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Living History Education Day for schools, George M. Murrell Home

May 5
George M. Murrell Home,
19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

The George M. Murrell Home Historic Site, located just south of Tahlequah, will host its seventh annual Living History Education Day on Friday, May 5, 2017. Public, private, and homeschool students, grades K-12, are invited to attend the program. Living history interpreters will demonstrate a variety of nineteenth-century activities, ranging from cooking to fiber arts to gardening. The Murrell Home was built in 1845 for the niece of Cherokee Principal Chief John Ross and is the only remaining antebellum plantation…

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Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary exhibit opens, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

May 5
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center,
507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail with an exciting new exhibit at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid. Step inside the J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation Gallery and learn about the greatest of cattle trails. The Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary exhibit opens on Friday, May 5, and will be on display through Saturday, September 16. Guests can immerse themselves in the stories of the Chisholm Trail as they sit around the campfire, enjoy a…

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Archaeology Day, Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center

May 6, 9:00 am5:00 pm
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center,
18154 First Street Spiro, OK 74959

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will hold its twelfth annual Archaeology Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 9 am to 5 pm. The site will celebrate its thirty-ninth year of increasing awareness of Oklahoma archaeology. As a bonus, Archaeology Day will be a free day with no entrance fees, although donations are gratefully accepted. All day during the celebration, items will be given away by drawing and birthday cake will be served. If you have artifacts, like arrowheads or pottery,…

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“Bachelor’s Bowties” Beginning Quilting workshop with Elsie M. Campbell, Pioneer Woman Museum

May 6, 9:30 am3:30 pm
Pioneer Woman Statue and Museum,
701 Monument Road Ponca City, OK 74604

On Saturday, May 6, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, the Pioneer Woman Museum will host a "Bachelor's Bowties" Beginning Quilting workshop with Elsie M. Campbell. Attendees will create a contemporary version of the old traditional block pattern Old Maid's Puzzle. Use batiks, reproduction fabrics, or all the fabrics in your stash. Cost is $50 to attend the workshop, which includes lunch. A supply list will be provided with paid fee. To enroll in the class please call 580-765-6108 or…

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Family Day at the Ranch, Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch

May 6, 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, June 3, 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…

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May Day Celebration, George M. Murrell Home

May 6, 10:00 am4:00 pm
George M. Murrell Home,
19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

The George M. Murrell Home Historic Site will host its annual May Day Celebration on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm. A celebration of the beginning of the growing season on the nineteenth-century plantation, the event will feature entertainment and living history demonstrations. Music, lawn games, and hands-on programs about nineteenth-century life will fill the historic site. Guests will be able to watch a mule plow and participate in a maypole at 3 pm to conclude…

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First Saturday Hands-On History program, Oklahoma History Center

May 6, 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 May program will celebrate Asian-American History Month and Military Appreciation 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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Annual T. B. Ferguson Spring Tea and “Shabby Chic Furniture” presentation by Maggie Fauch, T. B. Ferguson Home

May 7, 2:00 pm4:00 pm
T. B. Ferguson Home,
519 North Weigle Avenue Watonga, OK 73772

Plan a visit to Watonga on Sunday, May 7, for the annual T. B. Ferguson Spring Tea. This event will be held from 2 to 4 pm and will feature a "Shabby Chic Furniture" presentation by Maggie Fauch. Please call 580-623-5069 for tickets. Built in 1901, this Victorian-style house was home to Oklahoma's sixth territorial governor and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This property is managed by the Friends of T. B. Ferguson Home.

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Tracing Your Roots, Rose State College

May 9, 10:00 am12:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until May 9, 2017
Community Learning Center, Rose State,
6191 Hudiburg Drive Midwest City, OK 73110

The Oklahoma Historical Society and Rose State College are offering a seven-week class on family research. This course is designed to teach individuals the basics of genealogy. Students will learn how to search for their heritage online, how to obtain free resources that are available for research, and how to access materials located at the Oklahoma Historical society. The class will conclude with a behind the scenes tour of the Oklahoma Historical Society Research Center. Come learn with us as…

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Certified Local Governments Program workshop, Oklahoma History Center

May 10, 10:30 am12:00 pm
Oklahoma History Center,
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office May workshop series will be held May 10–12, 2017, at the Oklahoma History Center. Certified Local Governments Program: The SHPO and Municipalities Preserving Community Heritage (presented by Melvena Heisch, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer) The National Historic Preservation Act, as amended provides for partnerships to identify, evaluate, and protect historic properties in communities of all sizes. A local government joins the federal-state partnership when it achieves Certified Local Government (CLG) status. CLGs…

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Impact of April 1865 Brown Bag Lunch & Learn program by Mike Sheriff, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

May 10, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center,
507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center's (CSRHC) May Brown Bag presentation will be held on Wednesday, May 10, at noon in the Village Church. Mike Sheriff, an Oklahoma historian and docent at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, speak on the impact of events that occurred in April 1865. Most people experience only a few life-changing events over their entire lifespan. However, people living in the United States underwent more life-altering trials in the month of April 1865 than…

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Introduction to Section 106 and Determinations of Eligibility for the National Register workshop, Oklahoma History Center

May 10, 1:30 pm4:30 pm
Oklahoma History Center,
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office May workshop series will be held May 10–12, 2017, at the Oklahoma History Center. Introduction to Section 106 and Determinations of Eligibility for the National Register (presented by Lynda Ozan, Architectural Historian/National Register Program Coordinator and Cate Wood, Historical Archeologist/Section 106 Program Coordinator)The workshop provides the basics about the review process in Oklahoma under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Topics include who are the participants in the process and…

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Working with the National Register of Historic Places workshop, Oklahoma History Center

May 11, 10:30 am4:30 pm
Oklahoma History Center,
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office May workshop series will be held May 10–12, 2017, at the Oklahoma History Center. Working with the National Register of Historic Places (presented by Lynda Ozan, Architectural Historian/National Register Coordinator) The National Register of Historic Places is the foundation of the SHPO's programs, and a basic understanding of the register is essential for those involved in historic preservation at all levels of government and in the private sector. The workshop provides detailed…

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Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings workshop, Oklahoma History Center

May 12, 10:30 am12:00 pm
Oklahoma History Center,
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office May workshop series will be held May 10–12, 2017, at the Oklahoma History Center. Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings (presented by Jennifer Bailey, Tax Program Coordinator/Historic Preservation specialist) Participants will learn about the federal and state investment tax credits for certified rehabilitation of a certified historic structure. A detailed discussion of the Historic Preservation Certification Application, Parts 1, 2, and 3 will guide owners and developers in successfully preparing the information…

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The Secretary’s Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings workshop, Oklahoma History Center

May 12, 1:30 pm4:30 pm
Oklahoma History Center,
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office May workshop series will be held May 10–12, 2017, at the Oklahoma History Center. The Secretary's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings (presented by Jennifer Bailey, Tax Program Coordinator/Historic Preservation specialist) The workshop features a discussion of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation. Generally known as The Standards, these commonsense principles are widely used in the historic preservation field. Whether pursuing the 20 percent federal and 20…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray, Sod House Museum

May 13, 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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Mother-Daughter Hat Decorating workshop, George M. Murrell Home

May 13, 9:00 am11:00 am
George M. Murrell Home,
19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

The Murrell Home is holding a mother-daughter workshop in honor of Mother's Day! Join us Saturday, May 13, 2017, for a Hat Decorating workshop from 9 to 11 am. Participants will learn about hats from the nineteenth century while decorating their own creation. The workshop is $45 per person and includes a woven palm hat, materials to decorate it (such as flowers and ribbons), sewing notions, and decorating tips. It will be a wonderful morning activity but space is limited.…

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Blacksmith demonstration, Fort Towson Historic Site

May 13, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Fort Towson Historic Site,
HC 63 Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Fort Towson Historic Site will host a Blacksmith demonstration on Saturday, May 13, 2017. From 1 to 3 pm, Gerald Franklin will demonstrate blacksmithing techniques using a coal-burning forge. Come watch his skillful hands transform iron or steel into or everyday items or beautiful works of art.

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Milam Lecture Series presentation by Dr. Bob Blackburn, Will Rogers Memorial Museum

May 15, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Will Rogers Memorial Museum,
1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Join the Will Rogers Memorial Museum for its Milam Lecture Series on Monday, May 15, from 6 to 7 pm. Dr. Bob Blackburn, OHS executive director, will present various topics from his latest book entitled Crossroads of Commerce: A History of Free Enterprise in Oklahoma. The presentation is free, open to the public, and will be held in the Will Rogers Theatre. This event is held in cooperation with the Will Rogers Friends of the Library.

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Lunch and Learn DNA Kit Discovery, Rose State College

May 16, 11:00 am12:30 pm
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Community Learning Center, Rose State,
6191 Hudiburg Drive Midwest City, OK 73110

The OHS Research Center and Rose State College are offering a new two-part class about DNA tests and genealogical research. Enrollment is $80 and includes lunch for both sessions and an autosomal DNA kit. Session 1, March 21 Begin the process to discover more about your ancestry with a DNA test. This class will present introductory materials about the autosomal test, Y-test, and mitochondrial tests. Learn about what you will receive from the results of your DNA kit and start…

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Mysteries of the Mansion tour, Overholser Mansion

May 18, 7:00 pm8:00 pm
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 Henry Overholser Mansion is located at 405 NW 15th Street in Oklahoma City.…

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Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club Picnic, Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch

May 20
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch,
9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

The Indian Women's Pocahontas Club Picnic will be held at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch on Saturday, May 20, at 10 am. Please call 800-324-9455 for more information.

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“The History of Quilts” lecture with Martha Ray and exhibit, Sod House Museum

May 20, 10:00 am12:00 pm
Sod House Museum,
4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

The Sod House Museum offers a new quilt exhibit featuring twenty-five quilts from the late nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, when quilts were no longer made for mere warmth. By this time quilt makers expressed their creativity within the limits of popular decorating trends. Quilting was a time of relaxing and socializing for most women, as it was a time when the ladies of the community got together. Today, contemporary fabrics allow quilters make quilts of rich colors and…

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Third Saturday Living History program, George M. Murrell Home

May 20, 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 p.m. 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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“Chuck Wagon Cooking” Family Saturday program, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

May 20, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center,
507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Visit the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid on Saturday, May 20, from 1 to 3 pm. for this month's Family Saturday program. Participants will enjoy "Chuck Wagon Cooking" and all ages are welcome! This activity is free with regular paid admission. Please call 580-237-1907 for more information.

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Tatting workshop, Chisholm Trail Museum

May 20, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
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, May 20. The workshop will be held from 1 to 3 pm at the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher. It is open to the public and free to attend. Please call 405-375-5176 or email ctmus@pldi.net for more information.

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