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Oklahoma History Center

800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105 United States
(405) 522-0765http://www.okhistory.org

Upcoming Events

July 2015

Research Center Book Sale

July 29 - August 1

Don’t miss the Research Center Book Sale July 29-August 1, 2015. The sale includes books on a variety of topics including genealogy, Oklahoma history, US and military history, education, biographies, and more. Shop vinyl lps, prints of historic photos and maps, periodicals, and much more! Proceeds from the Book Sale will benefit the OHS Research Center in collecting, preserving, and sharing Oklahoma’s history. Book sale hours are 10am to 4:45pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 10am to 3pm on…

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Okietales

July 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Every week on Wednesday until July 29, 2015

Mark your calendars and load up the little ones for a special program to explore Oklahoma’s past at the Oklahoma History Center. Each Wednesday in June and July from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the History Center hosts Okietales. Okietales is a one-of-a-kind reading and storytelling time where kids can hear and see history! Every Wednesday we will dive into history with books and stories and explore a different topic from the Wild West and Cowboys to Land Runs and…

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Summer Sizzler Genealogy Workshop

July 31 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Every day until August 1, 2015

Registration is $35 for one day or $50 for both days. Lunch is included! Register online at or learn more at www.okgensoc.org. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society. Friday, July 31 OHS: Discovering Hidden Resources in Libraries Around the State 9:30 am Doors Open – Registration 10:00 am Brief Introductions and Welcome Laura Martin 10:15 am Lawton Public Library Genealogy Collections The Lawton Public Library lets us in on the wonderful records they hold. Amber…

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August 2015

Summer Sizzler Genealogy Workshop

August 1 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Every day until August 1, 2015

Registration is $35 for one day or $50 for both days. Lunch is included! Register online at or learn more at www.okgensoc.org. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society. Friday, July 31 OHS: Discovering Hidden Resources in Libraries Around the State 9:30 am Doors Open – Registration 10:00 am Brief Introductions and Welcome Laura Martin 10:15 am Lawton Public Library Genealogy Collections The Lawton Public Library lets us in on the wonderful records they hold. Amber…

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Advanced Basket Weaving class, Oklahoma History Center

August 15

Join the Oklahoma History Center and instructor Marcia Bellaweg in learning how to create a Bernies Braided Bun basket. The class will take place on Saturday, August 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students, ages 18 and above, will create a basket, explore baskets in the museum’s collection, and enjoy lunch. Cost for the class is $75 and class size is limited to twelve students. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact education@okhistory.org or 405-522-3602.

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Research Center Lunch & Learn: Secrets of the Manuscript Collections

August 26 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The OHS Research Center will hold Lunch & Learn Lectures in May, June, July, and August on the last Wednesday of the month. The August program will be “Secrets of the OHS Manuscript Collections” with Mallory Covington, OHS Manuscript Archivist. Registration is $10 per person and lunch is included. Programs are held in the classrooms of the Oklahoma History Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 405-522-5224 to register by phone; please have a credit card ready. You may…

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Storytelling Festival at the Oklahoma History Center

August 27
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Every day until August 29, 2015

The Oklahoma History Center is proud to announce that it will host the highly anticipated 35th annual Storytelling Festival August 27-29 in collaboration with Arts Council Oklahoma City. The festival will feature Charlotte Blake Alston, Megan Wells and Jim May, three internationally acclaimed storytellers, with three evening performances, one family matinee and a number of workshops. The festival will begin Thursday, August 27, at 7 p.m. in the Devon Great Hall with the last teller performing on Saturday, August 29,…

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Storytelling Festival at the Oklahoma History Center

August 28
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Every day until August 29, 2015

The Oklahoma History Center is proud to announce that it will host the highly anticipated 35th annual Storytelling Festival August 27-29 in collaboration with Arts Council Oklahoma City. The festival will feature Charlotte Blake Alston, Megan Wells and Jim May, three internationally acclaimed storytellers, with three evening performances, one family matinee and a number of workshops. The festival will begin Thursday, August 27, at 7 p.m. in the Devon Great Hall with the last teller performing on Saturday, August 29,…

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Storytelling Festival at the Oklahoma History Center

August 29
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Every day until August 29, 2015

The Oklahoma History Center is proud to announce that it will host the highly anticipated 35th annual Storytelling Festival August 27-29 in collaboration with Arts Council Oklahoma City. The festival will feature Charlotte Blake Alston, Megan Wells and Jim May, three internationally acclaimed storytellers, with three evening performances, one family matinee and a number of workshops. The festival will begin Thursday, August 27, at 7 p.m. in the Devon Great Hall with the last teller performing on Saturday, August 29,…

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September 2015

Public Meeting: SHPO’s FY2016 Historic Preservation Fund Grant Application

September 11

The Public Meeting for the SHPO’s FY 2016 Historic Preservation Fund Grant Application will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Classrooms of the Oklahoma History Cener. Note: If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please call 405/522-4484 at least two business days before the event. NOTE TO DESIGN PROFESSIONALS: Many of these programs qualify for HSW hours needed to fulfill requirements of the State of Oklahoma’s Board of Governors of Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers.…

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Septemberfest at the Oklahoma History Center

September 12

Join the Oklahoma History Center and the Governor’s Mansion for the 19th Annual Septemberfest on Saturday, September 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to all of the activities and the museum are free for the entire day. Along the Red River Journey, visitors will enjoy interaction with living historians representing WWII, cowboys, land run participants, nineteenth century American Indians, antebellum musicians, the Civil War, and more! We will bring the past to life with learning stations, hands-on activities,…

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October 2015

Dutch Oven Cooking at the Oklahoma History Center

October 10 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday, October 10, to explore Dutch oven cooking in a hands-on participation class for teens and adults. The class is designed to introduce the students to Dutch oven cooking. Learn a variety of recipes as you create a dish and discover how to use a Dutch oven in your backyard. Cost for the class is $15 and all necessary materials will be provided. The class is from 1 to 5 p.m. Space is limited…

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Home School Day at the Oklahoma History Center

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Oklahoma History Center will host our seventh Annual Home School Day on Monday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Home School Day at the History Center 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. The museum will offer a hands-on adventure into Oklahoma’s past. Visitors can explore the museum with the help of gallery…

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November 2015

Caring for Your Family Heirlooms with the OHS Research Center

November 4

Join the Oklahoma Historical Society staff for a workshop on preserving your own family collections. Our knowledgeable staff will share tips and best practices for preserving photos, maps, textiles, and scrapbooks. Participants will also learn how to conduct and preserve oral histories. Don’t miss this chance to learn how to care for your precious family mementos. The workshop will cover the tools and supplies available for preserving your treasures for future generations. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day!…

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Native American Spirituality

November 5 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

The OHS Office of American Indian Culture and Preservation is hosting a one day program entitled: “Native American Spirituality.” The program will be held in the OERB Classrooms at the Oklahoma History Center on Thursday, November 5. Cherokee/Osage J.C. High Eagle and Pastor Wade Burleson are the featured speakers. The program is 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. For more information call (405) 522-5206 or (405) 522-2298.

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Gourd-stitch Beadwork Class at the Oklahoma History Center

November 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join the Oklahoma History Center and instructor Yonavea Hawkins in learning the gourd-stitch. The class is on November 7, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students, age fifteen and above, will learn the basics of the stitch, explore the museum’s beadwork examples, and enjoy lunch. You can find out more information about Yonavea by visiting Yonavea.com. Cost for the class is $75 and class size is limited to twelve students. Registration is required. For more information or to register,…

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Decorative Gourd Class at the Oklahoma History Center

November 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join the Oklahoma History Center and instructor John Hernadez, artist and director of the Great Plains Museum in Lawton, in learning the art of decorative gourds. Students will learn how to transform an ordinary gourd into an unique expression of their own creativity. The class is on November 14, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students, age fifteen and above, will learn the basics of the stitch and weaving pine needles, explore the museum’s gourd work example, where to…

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American Indian Heritage Month at the Oklahoma History Center

November 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Oklahoma History Center is celebrating American Indian Heritage Month with activities throughout the month. Join us November 21 for a day of traditional children’s games and clothing with demonstrations and exhibitions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All events are free with museum admission. For more information please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

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December 2015

Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings

December 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

n this workshop 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 needed for the State Historic Preservation Office to review the project and for the National Park Service to certify it. This session is designed as a stand-alone workshop or as a companion to Guidelines…

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The Secretary’s Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings

December 2 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This half-day workshop is dedicated to a thorough discussion of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation. Generally referred to as The Standards, these common sense principles are widely used in the historic preservation field. Whether you are involved in a rehabilitation project for the 20% federal and 20% state tax credits, planning a rehabilitation project funded with federal assistance, serving on a local historic preservation commission, or just wanting to know the best approach to rehabilitating…

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The Section 106 Review Process: For Agency Officials and Cultural Resource Management Consultants

December 3 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

The Section 106 Review Process: A Workshop for Agency Officials and Cultural Resource Management Consultants – Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act provides that Federal agencies must consider the effect of their undertakings on archeological and historic properties listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Topics addressed in this day-long workshop include the basic requirements of Section 106, the regulations that went into effect August 5th, 2004, which govern the process, how to determine…

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Working with the National Register of Historic Places

December 4 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

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. This workshop provides detailed information about the National Register criteria, what listing means, the rights of property owners in the nomination process, tips for preparing successful nominations, and much more. If you have questions, call 405/521-6249. There is no registration fee for…

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Deck the Halls at the Oklahoma History Center

December 5 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Load up the family and come “Deck the Halls” with us at the Oklahoma History Center on December 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This family-friendly event will include activities and a chance to meet a variety of historical Mr. and Mrs. Clauses. This event is free with admission to the museum. For more information please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

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January 20162016

Historic Preservation Review Committee Meeting

January 21, 2016

Established in 1969 as a part of the State of Oklahoma’s participation in the newly created federal preservation programs, the Committee membership is composed of citizen members as well as professionals in the areas of history, architecture, architectural history, historic archeology, and prehistoric archeology. The Committee provides comments to the State Historic Preservation Officer about proposed nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and other preservation issues as appropriate. Additionally, the committee comments on nominations to the State Register…

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April 2016

Historic Preservation Review Committee Meeting

April 21, 2016

Established in 1969 as a part of the State of Oklahoma’s participation in the newly created federal preservation programs, the Committee membership is composed of citizen members as well as professionals in the areas of history, architecture, architectural history, historic archeology, and prehistoric archeology. The Committee provides comments to the State Historic Preservation Officer about proposed nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and other preservation issues as appropriate. Additionally, the committee comments on nominations to the State Register…

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