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02/02/17

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Contact: Steve Hawkins
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-0754
shawkins@okhistory.org
www.okhistory.org/historycenter

Oklahoma History Center Education Department Celebrates Black History Month

OKLAHOMA CITY — On Saturday, February 4, from 1–4 p.m., the Oklahoma History Center Education Department will host its monthly First Saturday Hands-On History program. This month’s focus will be on Black History Month, celebrating the contributions of African Americans to the history and culture of Oklahoma. Among the activities offered that day will be the coloring of quilt squares. The historic connection to the squares is twofold among African Americans held in slavery. First, since most slaves were not able to read or write, this was a method of conveying their history, traditions and stories. Second, it is believed that coded messages, particularly about escape plans, were included in some quilts. There also will be an opportunity to have a picture taken in front of a backdrop displaying images and inspirational quotes from African American historical icons.

Children and adults of all ages are welcome to participate in First Saturday Hands-On History activities. The program is free with regular museum admission. Please call 405-522-0765 for more information. This program is presented by the Oklahoma Historical Society Black Heritage Committee.

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 Alliance 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 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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