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Crossroads of Commerce: The 2014 Oklahoma History Conference

Presented by the Oklahoma Historical Society
April 23, 24, and 25, 2014

The name of our annual meeting has been changed to reflect what it has become over the years, a multiday gathering with historical presentations, reception, luncheons with special speakers and programs, and activities such as a bus tour and a concert. Crossroads of Commerce: The 2014 Oklahoma History Conference will be held on April 23, 24, and 25 in Stillwater at the Stillwater Conference Center at 315 West Eighth Avenue. Arrangements have been made by the Annual Meeting Committee, consisting of Patti Loughlin (Chair), William Corbett, Frederick Drummond, Sherry Muchmore, Sandra Olson, and Donna Sharpe. The committee was assisted by Elizabeth Bass, Bob Blackburn, Shelly Crynes, Nicole Harvey, Paul Lambert, Alma Moore, Jeff Moore, Larry O’Dell, Tabatha Toney, and Tim Zwink.

Registration

Please complete the registration form and return it with payment as soon as possible. The deadline for registration is April 17, 2014. The registration fee is $15 for OHS members and $20 for nonmembers. Please note there will be additional charges for the optional events including the reception, luncheons, BBQ dinner, concert, and bus tour.

Registration Form




Conference Schedule

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


1:00 – 4:00 p.m.                  

Registration, Lobby, Stillwater Community Center

1:30 p.m.

Board of Directors meeting, Jones Seminar Room,
ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center
201 North Hester Street (Hester and University)

6:00 p.m.  

Reception honoring Dr. LeRoy H. Fischer and Mrs. Martha Fischer
Click Family Alumni Hall (East end)
ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center

Thursday, April 24, 2014


8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.       

Registration, Lobby, Stillwater Community Center
Coffee, water, cookies, donuts, or pastries available

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.mPresentation Sessions, Stillwater Community Center

Session 1: Before the Territories: Prehistoric Commerce and Culture
Winfrey D. Houston Theater (Entry east side of Lobby)
Moderator: William Corbett, Professor of History, Department of Social Science, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah
"The French Fur Trade and Ferdinandina," by David Davis, Director of Exhibits, Oklahoma History Center, OHS, Oklahoma City
 "Spiro Mounds: Gateway on the I-40 of the Past," by Dennis Peterson, Manager, Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, OHS, Spiro

Session 2: Banking and Commerce in the Twin Territories
Room 112 (West Wing Hallway)
Moderator: Michael Logan, Chair, Department of History, Oklahoma State University
"Banking in Oklahoma Territory," by Michael Hightower, Principal Researcher, OHS Bank and Commerce History Project, Oklahoma City
"Commerce in Darlington in the 1880s," by Andrew Snyder, Center of Excellence Professor, Redlands Community College, El Reno

Session 3: African-American Entrepreneurs
Room 121 (Entry east side of Lobby)
Moderator: Shirley Nero, Member, OHS Board of Directors, Clearview
"The Great Negro Fairs of Oklahoma," by Bruce Fisher, Retired Administrative Programs Officer, OHS, Oklahoma City
"J. B. Stradford: Entrepreneur and Promoter," by Brandy Baldwin, B.A. student, Department of History and Native American Studies, East Central State University, Wynnewood

10:30 a.m. - Noon

Session 4: The Business of Music
Room 121 (Entry east side of Lobby)
Moderator: Jeff Moore, Director, Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture Project, OHS, Oklahoma City
"Songs of the American West Frontier," by Sarah Chan, Assistant Professor of Music,  Department of Fine Arts, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva "       
"The Business of Music: The Cain's Ballroom Story," by Brett Bingham, Author and Western Swing Historian, Tulsa
"Suckin' Cider 4,000 Years Ago: The Significance and Influence of Otto Gray and His Oklahoma Cowboys (1925-35)," by Hugh Foley, Professor, Department of Fine Arts, Rogers State University, Claremore

Session 5: Women in Commerce and Industry
Room 112 (West Wing hallway)
Moderator: Deena Fisher, Member, Board of Directors, OHS, Woodward
"Enterprising Horsewomen of Oklahoma," by Tracey Haushew and Alyce Vigil, Ph.D. degree candidates, Department of History, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
"Women in Photography in the Twin Territories," by Chester Cowen, Photographic Archivist Emeritus, OHS, Norman

Session 6: Oklahoma Entrepreneurs
Winfrey D. Houston Theater (Entry east side of Lobby)
Moderator: Dr. Bob L. Blackburn, Executive Director, OHS, Oklahoma City
 "The Hideaway Pizza Story," by Janie Harris, Marketing Director, Hideaway 2, Tulsa
"Fresh From Our Family Farm," by Drew Braum, President and CEO, Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy Stores, Oklahoma City

12:15 p.m.

Annual Membership Luncheon
Lowry Activities Center (West Wing Hallway)

2:00 p.m.

Annual Membership Meeting
Lowry Activities Center (West Wing Hallway)

2:20 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting
Lowry Activities Center (West Wing Hallway)

2:45 p.m.

Bus Tour
Oklahoma Centennial Plaza at Perkins and Iowa Tribal Eagle Sanctuary, organized by Payne County Historical Society

6:00 p.m.

Barbeque Dinner Buffet
Lowry Activities Center (West Wing Hallway)

7:30 p.m.

"Roots of Red Dirt Music" Concert
Winfrey D. Houston Theater (Entry east side of Lobby)

Friday, April 25, 2014


8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.       

Registration
Lobby, Stillwater Community Center - Coffee, water, cookies, donuts, or pastries available

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.mPresentation Sessions, Stillwater Community Center

Session 7: Agribusiness in Oklahoma
Room 112 (West Wing Hallway)
Moderator: Elizabeth Bass, Director of Publications, OHS, Oklahoma City
"The Lugert-Altus Irrigation District: A Dynamic Force in Southwest Oklahoma," by Tom Buchanan, Director, Lugert-Altus Irrigation District, Altus
"Stockyards City: Yesterday and Today," by J. Kirk Webster, Executive Director, Stockyards City Main Street, Oklahoma City

Session 8: Bringing the Past Alive: Treasures of the Century Chest
Winfrey D. Houston Theater (Entry east side of Lobby)
Moderator: Billie Fogarty, Member, Board of Directors, OHS, Oklahoma City
"On Behalf of the Pioneers: The Oklahoma Century Chest, 1913-2013," by Chad Williams, Director, Research Division, OHS, Oklahoma City
"From the 'Grand Excursion' to 'the Fall of Babylon': The Story of Oklahoma City's First Fourth of July Celebration," by Nicole Harvey, Executive Assistant, OHS, Oklahoma City

Session 9: Minority Businesses in Oklahoma
Room 121 (Entry east side of Lobby)
Moderator, Charles Tate, Member, Board of Directors, OHS, Ardmore
"'All In:' The Rise of Tribal Gaming," by Kathy Dickson, Director, Museums and Sites Division, OHS, Oklahoma City
"Latino Businesses and the Changing Cultural Landscape in the Sooner State," by Jeffrey M. Widener, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Geography, University of Oklahoma, Norman

10:30 a.m. - Noon

Session 10: Plenary Session – Oklahoma History Scholars
Winfrey D. Houston Theater (Entry east side of Lobby)
Moderator: Patti Loughlin, Member, Board of Directors, OHS, Stillwater
"Indian Territory Freedwomen: Adjusting to a Market Economy, 1865-1890," by Linda Reese, Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of History and Native American Studies, East Central University, Norman
"Community Accounting: General Stores and Rural Life," by Linda C. English, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Philosophy, University of Texas – Pan American, Edinburg, Texas
"On Writing Oklahoma History," by W. David Baird, Dean Emeritus, Seaver College, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

12:15 p.m.

Annual Awards Luncheon
Lowry Activities Center (West Wing hallway)

1:45 p.m.

Book Signing Party
Reception Area, Lowry Activities Center (West Wing hallway)




Hotel Information

Listed below are the hotels in Stillwater offering conference rates to individuals attending the 2014 Oklahoma History Conference.

The Atherton Hotel at OSU
H-103 Student Union (ground floor, South end of building)
823 W. University (parking garage address)
Telephone Reservations: 405-744-6835
Online Reservations: visit www.athertonhotelatosu.com and enter the group code 140423OKLA.                                           
When telephoning please use the room-block code Oklahoma Historical Society to receive the $98 rate.
Hotel contact: Monica Casey, 405-744-8450, monica.casey@okstate.edu
Choice of queen or queen plus twin: $98 plus tax and parking garage fee of $10 per 24-hour period. Parking fee can be added to room bill on request.

Hampton Inn
717 East Hall of Fame
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74075
Telephone: 405-743-1306
Fax: 405-743-1382
When telephoning or faxing to make a reservation, please use the room-block code Oklahoma Historical Society to receive the $99 rate. Rate not effective after April 1, 2014.
Susan Chamberlin, Hotel Representative susan.chamberlin@hilton.com
Standard nonsmoking room with two queen beds: $99 per night plus tax.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
715 South Country Club Road
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074
Telephone: 405-372-2445
Fax: 405-372-2018
When telephoning or faxing to make a reservation, please use the room-block code Oklahoma Historical Society or OHS.
Gloria Short: Director of Sales, 405-372-2445. Ext. 510; stillwaterdos@premierhotels.us
Double queen or single king suites: $95 plus tax.

MicroTel Inns & Suites by Wyndham
423 East Hall of Fame
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74075
Telephone: 405-372-7100
Please use the room-block code Oklahoma Historical Society to receive rate noted below.
Georgia Stanley, General Manager
Single queen: $79.95 plus tax; double queen: $89.95 plus tax.