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Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference

April 24–26, 2019 | Chickasha, Oklahoma


The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) presents an annual conference in April. Each year the conference focuses on a different theme pertaining to Oklahoma history and culture. Conference sessions are presented by historians, authors, and scholars from around the state and country. The conference also includes the annual meeting of the OHS membership.

Optional activities typically include a reception, tours, the annual conference luncheon, and the annual awards luncheon. The awards luncheon features the induction of the individuals into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame and the presentation of additional awards.

Call for Papers and Presentations

The OHS is seeking papers and presentations for the 2019 Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference, which will be held April 24, 25 and 26, 2019, on the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) in Chickasha, Oklahoma. A total of eighteen presentation sessions will take place Thursday morning, April 25, and Friday morning, April 26.   

This year’s theme is “Women Who Built History,” and will celebrate the centennial of women in Oklahoma receiving the right to vote in late 1918. The USAO campus is a National Register of Historic Places historic district that was originally the Oklahoma College for Women. The OHS encourages history or preservation presentations related to women’s history, but will accept proposals on all aspects of Oklahoma history and historic preservation.

Presentation sessions will be forty-five minutes in length and will feature one presentation not to exceed thirty minutes. This will allow fifteen minutes for an introduction and questions. Individuals interested in making a presentation should prepare a one-page proposal including the title of the proposed presentation; a 100-word description of the presentation; the name, address, phone number, and email address of the presenter; and a short vita or biographical sketch. Those who submit proposals will be notified of their status by early February 2019 if not sooner. Registration fees for presenters will be waived.

Presentation proposals are being accepted now. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, December 28, 2018. Please send presentation proposals to
Annual Conference Committee
Attn: Larry O’Dell
Oklahoma Historical Society
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Proposals also may be emailed to Larry O’Dell at lodell@okhistory.org.