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April 2019

Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference

April 24April 26
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1727 West Alabama Avenue Chickasha, OK 73018

April 24–26, 2019 | Chickasha, Oklahoma Presented by the Oklahoma Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Office This year, the Oklahoma History Conference and the Statewide Preservation Conference have joined to become the Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference. This combined conference will feature twenty sessions pertaining to Oklahoma’s heritage and historic preservation. The 2019 Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference will be held April 24–26, 2019, at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) in Chickasha, Oklahoma. This…

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JJ Cale album release, reception, and film screening

April 26, 6 p.m.7 p.m.
Circle Cinema, 10 South Lewis Avenue Tulsa, OK 74104

The OKPOP Museum and the estate of late musician JJ Cale are planning a series of special events at Circle Cinema celebrating the official release date of Cale’s new album Stay Around. The posthumous collection of unreleased material is the first new Cale album in over a decade. Compiled by his widow, musician Christine Lakeland Cale, and his friend and longtime manager, Mike Kappus, Stay Around is set for an April 26 release via Because Music. Events surrounding the album…

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Movie Night featuring A Connecticut Yankee (1931)

April 26, 7 p.m.9 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore will host a Movie Night in its newly renovated theater on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy free popcorn and drinks while watching A Connecticut Yankee (1931). This event is free to attend. Please call 918-341-0719 for more information.

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Red Dirt Student Art Show exhibit closes

April 27
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid is pleased to present the annual Red Dirt Student Art Show exhibit. It features multimedia art from local students and is on display through Saturday, April 27. For more information please call 580-237-1907 or visit www.csrhc.org.

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Hammered Aluminum Ware exhibit closes

April 27
Fred Drummond Home, 305 North Price Avenue Hominy, OK 74035

The Friends of the Fred Drummond Home are pleased to announce that a new Hammered Aluminum Ware exhibit is on display throughout the month of April. Visitors to the Fred Drummond Home can view beautiful examples of hammered aluminum metal ware such as salad dishes, cookie trays, and pitchers with matching tumblers. During the early 1900s through the 1950s, when most housewives were expected to entertain, many would use cheaper, lighter hammered aluminum for their card games, birthday celebrations, church…

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Spring Cleanup in Humphrey Heritage Village

April 27, 11 a.m.2 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Head to the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) for Spring Cleanup in Humphrey Heritage Village on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is time to tidy up, clean out the flower beds, and do a little pruning as we spring clean the Humphrey Heritage Village and grounds! If you have a pair of gloves and a couple of hours, the CSRHC could certainly use your help! Please call 580-237-1907 for more information.

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“Kite Making” Family Fun Day

April 27, 11 a.m.1 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On the last Saturday of each month, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will host Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get ready for some high-flying fun on Saturday, April 27, with kite making! Each Saturday will feature a different theme and activity. All activities and supplies are included with admission and all family members are encouraged to participate. Please call 580-237-1907 for more information.

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3-D Virtual Reality Storytelling experience

April 27, 1 p.m.4 p.m.
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 First Street Spiro, OK 74959

On Saturday, April 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. visitors to Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center can experience three-dimensional (3-D) immersive virtual reality storytelling of the Spiro Mounds story. The University of Arkansas’s Arkansas Stories series, funded by the Chancellor’s Innovation and Collaboration Grant, utilizes objects and places along with unique 3-D virtual reality to tell a part of the history of this unique, prehistoric American Indian site. This was a collaborative effort of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, the J. William…

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“Great American Songbook” Kilgen Organ performance featuring Donna Parker

April 29, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center is proud to present the spring performance of the Kilgen Organ with organist Donna Parker. The program will be Monday, April 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will take place in the Devon Great Hall. Parker will perform the “Great American Songbook,” a program that will entertain listeners with a wide selection of favorites traditionally played on a theatre organ. Ticket are $10 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $20 for nonmembers, and may be…

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November Road and The Long and Faraway Gone presentation by author Lou Berney

April 30, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

The Museum of the Western Prairie will host a presentation by Oklahoma author Lou Berny on Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. Berney is a two-time Edgar Award-nominated author who teaches in the Red Earth Master of Fine Arts program at Oklahoma City University. Berney’s book November Road is a poignant and evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America set against the backdrop of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It is a story…

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May 2019

Oklahoma National History Day contest

May 1
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until May 2, 2019

Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

National History Day is more than an academic exercise for thousands of Oklahoma junior high and high school students; it is a tradition. On May 1–2, more than 500 students in grades 6 through 12 will present their exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites, and papers at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City for the opportunity to advance to the National History Day contest. Due to the size of the event, there will be gallery closures on these days. Galleries and…

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Oklahoma National History Day contest

May 2
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until May 2, 2019

Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

National History Day is more than an academic exercise for thousands of Oklahoma junior high and high school students; it is a tradition. On May 1–2, more than 500 students in grades 6 through 12 will present their exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites, and papers at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City for the opportunity to advance to the National History Day contest. Due to the size of the event, there will be gallery closures on these days. Galleries and…

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Living History Education Day

May 3
Hunter’s Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

Hunter’s Home in Park Hill will host its ninth annual Living History Education Day on Friday, May 3, with two sessions: 9:30–11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Teachers are invited to bring their students and experience life in 19th-century Indian Territory through exciting hands-on presentations by OHS staff and costumed living historians. School groups will enjoy lawn games, live music, animals of the plantation, gardening, food preparation, fiber arts, blacksmithing demonstrations, and other farm work. Tours of the 1845 mansion…

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Community Art Day

May 4, 10 a.m.12 p.m.
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Visit the Chisholm Trail Museum for the first Community Art Day on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to noon. Curators from the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art will provide hands-on art fun by bringing a little bit of their museum to Kingfisher. Participants will create a metal cartouche (an ancient Egyptian nameplate) and learn how to write their names in Egyptian hieroglyphics. The Mabee-Gerrer staff also will bring Egyptian artifacts for visitors to touch. All materials will be provided, and the…

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May Day Celebration

May 4, 10 a.m.4 p.m.
Hunter’s Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

Hunter’s Home will host its annual May Day Celebration on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A celebration of the beginning of the growing season on the nineteenth-century plantation, the event will feature entertainment and living history demonstrations. Attendees will enjoy lawn games, live music, animals of the plantation, gardening, food preparation, fiber arts, blacksmithing demonstrations, and other farm work. Hands-on activities related to 19th-century life will fill the historic site. Guests can even participate in a…

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“Vintage Aprons: Tie One On” presentation by Margaret Goss

May 4, 10 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

A new exhibit of aprons will open in May at the Sod House Museum near Aline, featuring a century’s-worth of vintage aprons. Margaret Goss of Carmen will present a lecture entitled “Vintage Aprons: Tie One On” at the Sod House Museum on Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. Aprons have been around since ancient times and used for practical, decorative and ritualistic purposes. Apron comes from the French word “naperon,” meaning a small tablecloth. Women wore them to protect their…

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Mom and Me Victorian Tea

May 4, 11 a.m.1 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Just in time for Mother’s Day, gather with us at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) for a high tea on Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event will celebrate all of the women in our lives. The menu will include tasty finger sandwiches, sweet treats, and various flavors of tea and lemonade. A special living history program and fashion show will be presented. Guests are encouraged to dress in their finest, including hats and…

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The Section 106 Review Process: A Workshop for Agency Officials and Cultural Resource Management Consultants

May 8, 10:30 a.m.4:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office May workshop series will be held May 8–10, 2019, in the Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center. The Section 106 Review Process: A Workshop for Agency Officials and Cultural Resource Management Consultants workshop will be Wednesday, May 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act provides that Federal agencies must consider the effect of their undertakings…

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“126 Years and Counting: A History of the Oklahoma Historical Society” Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program by Kathy Dickson

May 8, 12 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will host a free Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program on Wednesday, May 8, at noon. This month’s presenter will be Kathy Dickson, OHS director of museums and historic sites. Dickson’s presentation is titled “126 Years and Counting: A History of the Oklahoma Historical Society.” Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches and learn something new! The Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program series is sponsored by Park Avenue Thrift of Enid. For more…

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Working with the National Register of Historic Places workshop

May 9, 10:30 a.m.4:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office May workshop series will be held May 8–10, 2019, in the Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center. The Working with the National Register of Historic Places workshop will be held Thursday, May 9, from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. The National Register of Historic Places is the foundation of the SHPO's programs, and a basic understanding of the register is essential for those…

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Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings workshop

May 10, 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office May workshop series will be held May 8–10, 2019, in the Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center. The Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings workshop will be Friday, May 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In this workshop, participants will learn about the federal and state investment tax credits for certified rehabilitation of a certified historic structure. A detailed discussion of the Historic Preservation…

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The Secretary’s Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings workshop

May 10, 1:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office May workshop series will be held May 8–10, 2019, in the Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center. The Secretary's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings workshop will be Friday, May 10, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The workshop features a discussion of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation. Generally known as The Standards, these common-sense principles are widely used in…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

May 11, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
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An event every month that begins at 9 a.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until June 8, 2019

Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

Visit the Sod House Museum southeast of Aline for a quilting workshop on Saturday. The workshop will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. with instructor Martha Ray, and the cost is $5 per person. For more information please contact Director Renee Trindle at 580-463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org.

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Archaeology Day

May 11, 9 a.m.5 p.m.
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 First Street Spiro, OK 74959

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will hold it 14th annual Archaeology Day/Birthday Bash on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The site will celebrate its 41st year of increasing awareness of Oklahoma archaeology. As a bonus, Archaeology Day will be a free day with no entrance fees, although donations are gratefully accepted. All day during the celebration, items will be given away by drawing and 41st birthday cake will be served. If you have artifacts, like arrowheads or…

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Rural Heritage Festival

May 11, 10 a.m.3 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Museum, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

The Cherokee Strip Museum will host its Rural Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival provides an educational and fun experience to the public that will increase awareness of the rural heritage of Oklahoma. Living history interpreters will conduct demonstrations throughout the day to help visitors understand traditional skills and lifestyles associated with agriculture and rural communities. Admission to this annual event is free. A few new additions to this year’s festival…

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“Hugo Lake Dam Tour” Second Saturday Demo

May 11, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

On Saturday, May 11, the Second Saturday Demo at Fort Towson Historic Site will take to the road. Participants will meet at 1 p.m. at Fort Towson and then proceed to the Hugo Lake Dam near Sawyer for a tour of the inner workings of this water control structure. Chris Lynch will guide visitors on this unique experience and explain the details of the dam. For more information about the event, please call John Davis at 580-873-2634 or email jdavis@okhistory.org.…

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Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844–2012 exhibit opens

May 15
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is pleased to present a special exhibit entitled Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844–2012. This is a traveling exhibit from ExhibitsUSA and it features an array of historic political posters. Sign of the Times will be on display May 15 through August 16. This exhibit is included with regular museum admission. For more information please call 580-237-1907.

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Mysteries of the Mansion tour

May 16, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
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Mysteries of the Mansion tours are held on the third Thursday of the month.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Visit the Henry Overholser Mansion in Oklahoma City for a Mysteries of the Mansion tour on Thursday at 7 p.m. This extended tour allows guests to tour the mansion at night, examine archival materials, and hear some amazing stories. Guests are asked to RSVP in advance and the cost is $20 per person. To make a reservation for this special tour, please call 405-525-5325 or email overholsermansion@preservationok.org. The Overholser Mansion is owned by the OHS and managed by Preservation Oklahoma,…

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Archaeological workshop and 2019 Most Endangered Places exhibit

May 18, 11 a.m.2 p.m.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Join us on Saturday, May 18, for an interactive workshop led by the Oklahoma Archeological Survey at Henry Overholser Mansion. The workshop will last from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the discussion of prehistory and what to do if you have found a site beginning at 1 p.m. This free workshop will be presented by research faculty from the Oklahoma Archeological Survey (OAS) at the University of Oklahoma. Workshops will contain activities for all ages and are open to the…

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“The First Indian Home Guard” presentation by author Dr. Jane Johansson

May 18, 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, 101601 South 4232 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is honored to announce a special presentation, “The First Indian Home Guard,” to be held at the battlefield’s Visitor Center on Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. Dr. Jane Johansson, professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Rogers State University and editor of the book Albert C. Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier will speak about the regiment’s unique history in relation to…

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Family Day at the Ranch

May 18, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Visit the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch for Family Day at the Ranch on May 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. The beautiful setting of the ranch is the perfect place for an afternoon of nature hikes and birdwatching on the trails. Hiking sticks and field notebooks for sketching birds will be available for purchase. Family Day at the Ranch is free to attend, and donations are appreciated. Please call 918-341-0719 for more information. The Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch is located…

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Urban Campout

May 18, 4:30 p.m.May 19, 10 a.m.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Join Preservation Oklahoma, Inc., for Urban Campout, a fun evening under the stars on the grounds of the Overholser Mansion from 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, to 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 19. The evening will feature outdoor activities, a tour of the mansion and sleeping under the beautiful Oklahoma sky. On-site security is provided. The cost is $100 per campsite, which includes space for up to six people or a six-person tent (or smaller). Campers and RVs are welcome…

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Apron Strings: Ties to the Past exhibit closes

May 25
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

Visitors can explore the history of the apron through the exhibit Apron Strings: Ties to the Past now through May 25 at the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus. Although taken for granted by many social and art historians, the apron is the subject of a fascinating reevaluation in this popular ExhibitsUSA exhibition. Featuring 51 vintage and contemporary examples, the exhibition chronicles changing attitudes toward women and domestic work. It surveys the wide range of design and craft techniques…

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Tour de Quartz exhibit opens

May 25
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

From May 25 to June 29, the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus will host Tour de Quartz, a selection of artwork created by Oklahoma high school students during the 2018 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. Each student artist is represented by one piece of artwork in Tour de Quartz. The exhibition of 20 photographs and 19 paintings will be on display in the First Gallery of the museum. During their two-week residency at Quartz Mountain, students…

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“Print Making” Family Fun Day

May 25, 11 a.m.1 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On the last Saturday of each month, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will host Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us on Saturday, May 25, for print making! Each Saturday will feature a different theme and activity. All activities and supplies are included with admission and all family members are encouraged to participate. Please call 580-237-1907 for more information.

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“Night at the Chuck Wagon”

May 25, 6 p.m.May 26, 9 a.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Pack your sleeping bag, pajamas, toothbrush and toothpaste for a “Night at the Chuck Wagon” at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, an overnight event that will take place from 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, to 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 26. This event is for children ages 5–12, accompanied by at least one adult. Participants will bed down in various parts of the museum for a night of 19th-century activities, movies, arts and crafts, games and storytelling, with a…

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Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George exhibit closes

May 31
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

The Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher will host a traveling exhibit, Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George, from February 1 through May 31, 2019. This unique exhibit from the Oklahoma History Center features 1930s and 1940s images from the collection of railroad photographs taken by Preston George. George photographed trains in his spare time while working as a civil engineer in Colorado and Oklahoma. Born in 1906 in Indian Territory, George’s interest in trains began at an…

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Movie Night featuring State Fair (1933)

May 31, 7 p.m.9 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore will host a Movie Night in its newly renovated theater on Friday, May 31, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy free popcorn and drinks while watching State Fair (1933). This event is free to attend. Please call 918-341-0719 for more information.

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June 2019

Family Day at the Ranch

June 1, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Visit the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch on June 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. for Family Day at the Ranch. Participants will learn the basics of carpentry as the first 20 build a birdhouse together. Visitors also can enjoy a scenic stroll through the expansive property, with beautiful views of Oologah Lake, a longhorn herd and many shade trees—perfect for picnicking. Family Day at the Ranch is free to attend, and donations are appreciated. Please call 918-341-0719 for more information.…

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“Angie Debo: Daughter of the Prairie” presentation by Patricia Loughlin

June 4, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

On Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m., at the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus author and historian Patricia Loughlin will discuss her recent children’s book Angie Debo: Daughter of the Prairie. Utilizing excerpts from Debo’s childhood diary, Loughlin provides an inspiring account of the life of Angie Debo chronicling her early years in Marshall, Oklahoma Territory, growing up on a farm with her parents and going to the local school. In the book, the author also explains the…

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