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10/12/16

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Contact: Larry O’Dell
Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-6676
lodell@okhistory.org
www.okhistory.org

OHS Black Heritage Committee Meeting at Kingfisher’s Chisholm Trail Museum Postponed One Week

KINGFISHER, Okla. — The Oklahoma Historical Society’s Black Heritage Committee will meet at the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at 11 a.m. Unanticipated circumstances have postponed the meeting form its original October 15, 2016, date. The event is free and open to the public. The committee meets every quarter at different locations across the state to discuss the African American history of that area. The group also reports on the Oklahoma Historical Society’s ongoing projects and programming.

Committee Chair Shirley Nero said, “I wanted the committee to travel and see the unique African American experiences all around Oklahoma. In the last couple of years, we have been to the All-Black towns of Taft, Clearview, Tatums, Summit and Pine Hollow. The committee has also discovered the African American history of Oklahoma City and Vinita.” Representatives from Kingfisher will be on hand to talk about the city’s history.

Stephanie Ballard, historian/survey coordinator for the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office, will also give a presentation on Oklahoma’s historic Rosenwald Schools. These were African American schools during segregation that were funded by Sears, Roebuck and Company President Julius Rosenwald. Ballard will also speak on other buildings and sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places that relate to Oklahoma’s African American community.

If interested in attending the meeting, please RSVP to the Chisholm Trail Museum at ctmus@pldi.net or 405-375-5176. The museum is located at 605 Zellers Avenue in Kingfisher.

The Black Heritage Committee is authorized by the Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors. 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 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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