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August 10, 2018

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

Septemberfest 2018 Celebrates 22nd Year of Governor’s Free Fall Community Festival

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma History Center and the Friends of the Mansion will be cohosting the governor’s 22nd annual Septemberfest on Saturday, September 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free fall festival is open to the public and features more than 60 events and demonstrations. The Oklahoma History Center will be the primary location for activities, and tours of the first floor of the Governor’s Mansion also will be offered.

This year’s Septemberfest theme is “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Oklahoma!’” This celebrates both the 75th anniversary of the Broadway debut of the famous musical and the exhibit now on display at the Oklahoma History Center.

Septemberfest was initiated by Governor Frank Keating and the Friends of the Mansion, Inc., in 1997. The original intent was to share “Oklahoma’s House” with Oklahoma’s citizens. Septemberfest has attracted people from all over the world and it continues to grow in popularity. “This is an opportunity to showcase Oklahoma’s wonderful history and culture and things that make Oklahoma unique,” said Governor Mary Fallin. The governor will be on hand to read a variety of stories to children. Visitors will enjoy arts and crafts, chuck wagon cooking, living history, face painting, laser tag, museum exhibits, pony rides, square dancing, live performances and much more. No ticket or registration is required for this free event. The Oklahoma History Center will close at 3 p.m. on September 8.

The Oklahoma History Center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. For more information, please visit www.okhistory.org/historycenter or call 405-522-0765.

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 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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