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05/22/14

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Jason Harris
Director of Education
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-522-0785
jharris@okhistory.org

Oklahoma Humanities Council Awards Oklahoma History Center Outreach Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma History Center announced today that it will offer free outreach programs to schools across the state during the 2014-15 school year thanks in part to a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

Over the last nine months, Oklahoma History Center educators traveled across Oklahoma from Keyes in the Panhandle to Hugo in southeastern Oklahoma, offering free living history programs for students of all ages. As of May 1, the museum staff worked with more than 25,000 students in more than 100 schools. Museum staff is excited to continue this effort thanks to a partnership with the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

"It is through partnerships like this that the History Center provides support for schoolteachers and helps supplement their efforts in the classroom," said Director of Education Jason Harris. "We want to bring the textbook to life for students and show them that our past is worth investigating and not as boring as memorizing dates and events. It is essential for developing active and informed citizens."

Through this Oklahoma Humanities Council grant the Oklahoma History Center again will offer free outreach programs to schools across the state during the 2014-15 school year. These living history programs can be geared to learners of all ages and allow students the chance to ask questions.

The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 32 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For additional information on these programs or this grant, contact Jason Harris at 405-522-0785.

About the Oklahoma Humanities Council
The Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote meaningful public engagement with the humanities—disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, ethics and philosophy. The humanities offer a deeper understanding of ourselves and others by confronting us with the questions, values and meanings of the human experience. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, OHC brings people together to explore these ideas through programming and community grants that support book groups, exhibits, film festivals, teacher institutes and more. OHC engages people in their own communities, providing forums for education, critical thinking and productive civil discourse.





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