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October 30, 2015

Contact: Steve Hawkins        
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-0754

Decorative Woven Gourd Class Will Be Offered by Oklahoma History Center

Oklahoma City, Okla. — The Oklahoma History Center Education Department will host a Decorative Woven Gourd class on Saturday, November 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This craft is a distinctive way of transforming an ordinary gourd into a unique and expressive work of art. The class will be limited to 12 participants, ages 15 and older. The cost of the class is $100, which will include lunch and all materials. Registration is required, and the deadline to register is Saturday, November 7.

The class will be taught by John Hernandez, director of the Great Plains Museum in Lawton. He and his wife, Patricia, have lived in southwestern Oklahoma for more than 40 years and have been designing and creating one-of-a-kind decorative gourds since 2002. "From the beginning it has been our goal to produce a unique work of art that our clients can connect with," said Hernandez. He holds yearly gourd workshops at the museum and at his studio, From the Vine, where people can learn the craft directly from him. Visit www.fromthevineok.com/index.html for more information.

The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Association of Museums. 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 31 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 more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.

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