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2017 Oklahoma History Conference

Presented by the Oklahoma Historical Society
April 26, 27, and 28, 2017 | Hard Rock Hotel, Catoosa, Oklahoma

Wednesday, April 26

11:00 am – 1:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Registration

Black Town Blues and North Tulsa Jazz concert

The Oklahoma Historical Society presents an OKPOP concert, "Black Town Blues and North Tulsa Jazz," on Wednesday, April 26, at historic Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa's Brady Arts District. The doors will open at 6 pm and the music will begin at 7 pm. The concert will feature Ernie Fields Jr. and his all-star band, with a performance by Dr. Harold Aldridge. Oklahoma Joe's BBQ will be open and available from 6 to 8 pm.

Thursday, April 27

8:00 am – 11:45 am Registration
9:00 am – 9:45 am Presentation Sessions

Session 1
Moderator: Tara Damron, American Indian Culture and Preservation Office, OHS
"American Indians in Popular Culture," by Hugh Foley, Professor, Rogers State University, Claremore

Session 2
Moderator: Laura Martin, Research Division, OHS
"Joe De Yong, Cowboy-Artist: Product of Northeast Oklahoma," by Bill Woodard, Bartlesville

Session 3
Moderator: Shirley Nero, OHS Board of Directors, Clearview
"The Tulsa Race Riot: Working Toward Reconciliation—Then and Now," by Pauline Harris, Human Rights and Title XI Coordinator, Tulsa Public Schools, and Sherri D. Tapp, Professor, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa

Session 4
Moderator: Jack Baker, OHS Board of Directors, Oklahoma City
"The Osage-Cherokee Feud: Defining Boundaries in Oklahoma," by Jonita Mullins, Author, Muskogee

10:00 am – 10:45 am Presentation Sessions

Session 5
Moderator: Kenny Brown, Emeritus Professor University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond
"The 13th Amendment and Its Impact on Sovereignty Among the Five Civilized Tribes," by Aaron L. Mason, Professor Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva

Session 6
Moderator: Bill Corbett, OHS Board of Directors, Tahlequah
"Cyrus Avery, the Ozark Trail, and the Birth of Route 66," by Jen Jones, Oklahoma Department of Transportation Architectural Historian/Historian, Norman

Session 7
Moderator: Dan Provo, Director, Oklahoma History Center, OHS
"North American and the Astronauts of Northeastern Oklahoma," by Bill Moore, Author and Documentarian, Oklahoma City

Session 8
Moderator: Randy Cale, Senior Contract Administrator, Hard Rock Hotel, Catoosa
"Longhair Music: Archiving the Hollywood Session Years of Leon Russell and the Tulsa Sound," by Steve Todoroff, Author, Houston, Texas

11:00 am – 11:45 am Plenary Session

Session 9
Moderator: Jeff Moore, Director, OKPOP, OHS
"Daughters of Icons," by Nora Guthrie, President, Woody Guthrie Foundation, and Carolyn Wills, President, Bob Wills Foundation

Noon – 1:40 pm

Annual Conference Luncheon
"Preserving the Past to Build a Future" with OHS Executive Director Bob Blackburn, Cherokee Chief Bill John Baker, Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby, and Creek Chief James Floyd

1:50 pm – 2:05 pm Annual Membership Meeting
2:05 pm – 2:20 pm Board of Directors Meeting
2:45 pm – 5:00 pm Bus Tour, Port of Catoosa (limit 30) Bus departs from hotel parking lot.
2:45 pm – 5:30 pm Bus Tour, Historic Route 66, Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, and Claremore Historical Society. This bus will take attendees to the Will Rogers Memorial for the next program and back to the hotel. Bus departs from hotel parking lot.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Buffet Dinner and Program
Will Rogers Memorial, Claremore

Friday, April 28

8:00 am – 11:45 am Registration
9:00 am – 9:45 am Presentation sessions

Session 10
Moderator: Larry O'Dell, Director of Special Projects, OHS
"Red Dust: The Contributions of Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen to Musical Heritage," by Ronald Cohen, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, Indiana

Session 11
Moderator: Amy Hildebrand, Oklahoma History Center, OHS
"Native Crafts as Ambassadors to Tourists," by Karen Coody Cooper, Author, Tahlequah

Session 12
Moderator: Chad Williams, Director, Research Division, OHS
"From Trails to Rails: Adair County's Economic Past, Present, and Future," by Jeane Grisham, Author, Fort Worth, Texas

10:00 am – 10:45 am Presentation sessions

Session 13
Moderator: Donna Sharpe, OHS Board of Directors, Checotah
"Oklahoma's Great Inheritance," by Lynda Ozan, Architectural Historian and National Register Program Coordinator, Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office, OHS

Session 14
Moderator: George Henderson, OHS Board of Directors, Norman
"The Freedmen Saga in Indian Territory," by Ronald Graham, Genealogy Chair, Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association, Warr Acres

Session 15
Moderator: Leonard Logan, OHS Board of Directors, Vinita
"A Brief History of Northeastern Oklahoma Early Sanitation," by Billy Crynes, Emeritus Dean and Professor, University of Oklahoma, Norman

11:00 am – 11:45 am Plenary Session

Session 16
Moderator: Bob Blackburn, Executive Director, OHS
"Northeastern Oklahoma Authors Roundtable," by award-winning authors Rilla Askew, Teresa Miller, and John Wooley

Noon – 1:45 pm Annual Awards Luncheon

Presentation of awards and induction of four individuals into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame.

Registration Form