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2018 Oklahoma History Conference

OHS125: Collecting, Preserving, and Sharing for the Next Generation

Presented by the Oklahoma Historical Society
April 25–27, 2018 | Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City

Registration Form

Wednesday, April 25

Noon–4:00 pm Registration
1:30 pm OHS Board of Directors Meeting
5:00–7:00 pm

Eat, drink, and mingle at the Oklahoma Judicial Center, formerly the home of the OHS.

Thursday, April 26

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

Session 1 "Images of Greatness: Guthrie's Entertainment History," Mark Janzen, professor, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond

Session 2 "Alice Robertson and the Creek Nation," Jonita Mullins, author, Muskogee

Session 3 "Across the Borders: How to Research Oklahoma History Outside State Lines in Your Jammies," Jan Davis and Kitty Pittman, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma City

Session 4 "1889: Separating Fact from Fiction in the Eighty-Niner Story," Michael Hightower, independent historian and biographer, Oklahoma City

10:00–10:45 am Presentation Sessions

Session 5 "Sooner State 'Boy Wonder': The Oklahoma Roots of Willmoore Kendall's Thought," Christopher H. Owen, professor, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah

Session 6 "A Personal Literary History," Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Oklahoma State Poet Laureate, Oklahoma City

Session 7 "The Evans and Clark Families: Borderlands Legacies and Race in Western Oklahoma, 1875–1925," John Thomas Truden, graduate student, University of Oklahoma, Norman

Session 8 "The Lackey Project: Thomas Gilcrease's Legacy of Preservation," Mark Dolph, associate curator of history, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa

11:00–11:45 am Plenary Session

"Legacy of Oklahoma!," Ted Chapin, president, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, New York City, New York

Noon–1:40 pm

Annual Conference Luncheon
Keynote speaker David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

1:50–2:05 pm Annual OHS Membership Meeting
2:05–2:20 pm OHS Board of Directors Meeting
2:45–5:00 pm


Tour 1 '89er Landmarks of Oklahoma City bus tour with Chuck Wiggin; the bus will depart from the Oklahoma History Center

Tour 2 Capitol Restoration tour with Capitol Project Manager Trait Thompson; this tour will start at the Oklahoma History Center. Parts of this tour may not be wheelchair-accessible.

Tour 3 Behind-the-scenes tour of the Oklahoma History Center collections and archives

6:30–8:00 pm Celebrating Oklahoma! at 75
In celebration of the musical's 75th anniversary, this program will trace the story of Oklahoma! and its influence on musical theater. The event will feature performances by students from the Oklahoma City University Wanda L. Bass School of Music.

Friday, April 27

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

Session 9 "The Red River Bridge War: When the Boundary between Oklahoma and Texas Became an Armed Camp," Rusty Williams, writer-historian, Dallas, Texas

Session 10 "The Art of War on the Washita," Sydney Stover, park ranger, Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Cheyenne

Session 11 "Is Oklahoma Out of Touch with the Better Parts of its History?," Davis D. Joyce, professor of history emeritus, East Central University, Spavinaw

Session 12 "Innovative Resources for Sharing Local and Oklahoma History," Kathryn Shurden, retired educator, Henryetta

10:00–10:45 am Presentation Sessions

Session 13 "The Art of Conrad Maas," Craig Corgan, attorney, El Reno

Session 14 "Maurice Halperin: From Oklahoma Subversive to Soviet Spy," Landry Brewer, professor, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford

Session 15 "The Indian and Oklahoma Territories Photographers Association," Chester Cowen, former photo archivist, Oklahoma Historical Society, Norman

Session 16 "The Origins of Freemasonry in Oklahoma," T. S. Akers, curator of collections, McAlester Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Oklahoma City

11:00–11:45 am Plenary Session
"Oklahoma City University's Contribution to the Arts,"
John Bedford, Mark Parker, and Jo Rowan, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City
Noon–1:45 pm Annual Awards Luncheon
Dick Pryor, general manager of KGOU, will emcee the awards luncheon. The luncheon will include the presentation of awards and induction of four individuals into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame.