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August 2020

Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program Workshop (Virtual)

The Oklahoma Historical Society will host an online workshop to inform the public about the application process for the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program on Wednesday, August 12, at 11 a.m. This virtual workshop will provide guidance for groups interested in applying for this grants-in-aid program, which sets aside $500,000 to award grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 to municipal, county, or tribal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations, as well as the support groups for these entities. All not-for-profit applicants…

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Brown Bag Lecture Series (Virtual)

August 12, 12 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 12 p.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until October 14, 2020

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host a free virtual Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture on Wednesday at noon. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the lectures will be held via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/CSRHC.

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“The Fluidity of Power,” This Land is Herland series presentation (Virtual)

The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center are pleased to present This Land is Herland, a series of programs on women’s activism in Oklahoma sponsored by Oklahoma Humanities. The first program, “The Fluidity of Power,” will take place on Thursday, August 13 at 7 p.m.

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Will Rogers and Wiley Post Fly-In

August 15, 7:30 a.m.
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

On Saturday, August 15, starting at 7:30 a.m., aviation enthusiasts will mark 85 years to the day since Will Rogers and Wiley Post died in an Alaska plane crash. To honor their memory, pilots of over 125 small planes will land on a 2,000-foot grass strip at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, adjacent to the house where Rogers was born in 1879. The fly-in is one of the largest in Oklahoma and is a special opportunity for the public to…

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Bright Golden Haze: Reflections exhibit closes

August 15, 10 a.m.5 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center (OHC) is proud to announce an invitation from Oklahoma Contemporary to participate in a multi-organization collaboration exhibition entitled Bright Golden Haze: Reflections. This exhibition is created in conjunction with Bright Golden Haze, the inaugural exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary. The OHC outdoor installation will open to the public on June 15 and remain on display until August 15. Oklahoma Contemporary is an organization founded over three decades ago to encourage artistic expression in all its forms through…

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National Day of Remembrance (Virtual)

A National Day of Remembrance will be held as a Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. on the same day as the Will Rogers and Wiley Post Fly-In. This ceremony will mark the tragic loss of the lives of Will Rogers and Wiley Post. The service will also honor all those who have lost their lives in a small airplane crash. This event will be held on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/WRBirthplace.

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“What Do I Do with My Treasures?” workshop

August 15, 10 a.m.
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

The Sod House Museum near Aline will host a workshop called “What Do I Do with My Treasures?” by Martha Ray on Saturday, August 15, at 10 a.m. The workshop will cover what items to save, what to dispose of, what to ask your children or younger family members if they would like to keep, and how to correctly store those treasured objects you cannot bear to let go. Ray’s workshop discussion topics will include what items to donate and…

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History Alive! living history experience

August 15, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day First of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day Third of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

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

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Jena Kodesh Art Show featuring Cheryl Swanson and Linda Heller closes

August 19
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Three artists have joined their creative efforts in a new art exhibition on display at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. Their collective pieces center around the theme “found in Oklahoma.” Kodesh is a fine arts educator at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid. Her artwork takes the form of printmaking and painting with a special interest in organic forms. The art show will remain open to the public through August 19. Every year the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center hosts…

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62nd Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Sit-Ins (Virtual)

August 19, 6:30 a.m.6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m., the Clara Luper Legacy Committee will present a virtual program celebrating the 62nd anniversary of the beginning of the Oklahoma City sit-in movement on its website, www.claraluperlegacy.com. For the last two years, the committee has held a celebration at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s event will be shared online. The speakers at this commemoration will include Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, Marilyn Luper…

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Wanted: Dead or Alive exhibit opens

August 28
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Friday, August 28, Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher will open its newest exhibit, Wanted: Dead or Alive. This photography exhibit is comprised of images of some of Oklahoma’s most infamous criminals and will be on display until October 30, 2020.

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Movie Night featuring The Great Ziegfeld

August 28, 7 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 theater on Friday, August 28, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy free popcorn and drinks while watching The Great Ziegfeld (1936). Seating is limited, so early arrival is suggested. This event is free to attend thanks to sponsorship by the Bank of Commerce. Please call 918-341-0719 for more information.

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Traditional Trades Day *Canceled*

August 29
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

This event has been canceled.

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

August 31, 5 p.m.7 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 5 p.m. on day Last of the month, repeating until December 28, 2020

Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

Visit the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry on the last Monday of each month for Blacksmithing Demonstrations in the blacksmith shop. The demonstrations will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy watching the craftsmen work and will have an opportunity for hands-on experiences. This educational event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated. For more information please call 580-336-2405.

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September 2020

American Farmer exhibit opens

September 1
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On Tuesday, September 1, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will open a new exhibit titled American Farmer. The exhibit showcases the selected work of forty-five images from the collection of photographer Paul Mobley. Mobley set out to capture the soul of the country's farm communities that highlight enduring rural traditions, family, integrity, close connections to the land, and hard work. The resulting images are a series of stunning portraits of farmers in their local settings, exploring how their day-to-day…

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History Alive! living history experience

September 5, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day First of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day Third of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

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

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Brown Bag Lecture Series (Virtual)

September 9, 12 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 12 p.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until October 14, 2020

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host a free virtual Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture on Wednesday at noon. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the lectures will be held via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/CSRHC.

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

September 12, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 9 a.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until November 14, 2020

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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Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program Workshop (Virtual)

The Oklahoma Historical Society will host an online workshop to inform the public about the application process for the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program on Tuesday, September 15, at 1 p.m. This virtual workshop will provide guidance for groups interested in applying for this grants-in-aid program, which sets aside $500,000 to award grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 to municipal, county or tribal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations, as well as the support groups for these entities. All not-for-profit applicants…

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Cast-Iron Cooking class *Canceled*

September 19, 9 a.m.1 p.m.
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

This event has been canceled.

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History Alive! living history experience

September 19, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day First of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day Third of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

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

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Family Day at the Birthplace Ranch

September 19, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch will host Family Day at the Ranch on Saturday, September 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, visitors will get a glimpse of what life was like in the early days of the ranch during Will Rogers’s childhood! Demonstrations and activities include butter churning, using a washboard, and rope making. Family Day at the Ranch is free and open to the public, and donations are appreciated.

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Smithsonian Channel World War II film screening

September 19, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center will show a Smithsonian Channel film on Saturday, September 19, as we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Details to be announced. This screening is from 1 to 3 p.m., and is included with paid admission to the Oklahoma History Center.

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Autumnal Equinox Walks

September 22
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 First Street Spiro, OK 74959

Come to Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, for the Autumnal Equinox Walks. As the end of summer nears and crops are ready for harvest, the time of the year arrives for the most important of ceremonies for the eastern American Indians—the Busk or Green Corn Ceremony. The Green Corn Ceremony was a harvest and renewal ceremony that took place around the autumnal equinox in the Spiro area.  On September 22 there will be three walks beginning…

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“The Gendered Politics of Civil Rights,” This Land is Herland series presentation (Virtual)

The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center are pleased to present This Land is Herland, a series of programs on women’s activism in Oklahoma sponsored by Oklahoma Humanities. The second program, “The Gendered Politics of Civil Rights,” will take place online on Tuesday, September 22, at 7 p.m. The event will be conducted virtually and will include presentations by three scholars. Following the presentations, the scholars will be available to answer questions from the online audience.…

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OkNHD Library Day

September 24, 10:30 a.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Join us for our annual OkNHD Library Day at the Oklahoma History Center on Thursday, September 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will research in the Research Center and attend workshops for in-depth instruction on History Day fundamentals. OkNHD Library Day is free for teachers, students, and chaperones! Registration opens August 13 and closes September 17.

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Movie Night featuring Charlie Chaplin film

September 25, 7 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 theater on Friday, September 25, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy free popcorn and drinks while watching a Charlie Chaplin film. Seating is limited, so early arrival is suggested. This event is free to attend thanks to sponsorship by the Bank of Commerce. Please call 918-341-0719 for more information.

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

September 28, 5 p.m.7 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5 p.m. on day Last of the month, repeating until December 28, 2020

Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

Visit the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry on the last Monday of each month for Blacksmithing Demonstrations in the blacksmith shop. The demonstrations will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy watching the craftsmen work and will have an opportunity for hands-on experiences. This educational event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated. For more information please call 580-336-2405.

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October 2020

History Alive! living history experience

October 3, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day First of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day Third of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

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

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Chuck Wagon Dinner

October 3, 12 p.m.1 p.m.
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Drop by and support the Chisholm Trail Museum at our grab-and-go fall fundraiser dinner on Saturday, October 3, from noon to 1 p.m. A variety of working chuck wagons from across the region will prepare chicken-fried steak, potatoes, biscuits, beans, and cobbler for you to pick up. Dinner tickets are just $12. We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance, as there will be limited meals available for purchase the day of the event. The Chisholm Trail Museum and…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

October 10, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 9 a.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until November 14, 2020

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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Brown Bag Lecture Series (Virtual)

October 14, 12 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 12 p.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until October 14, 2020

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host a free virtual Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture on Wednesday at noon. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the lectures will be held via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/CSRHC.

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Historic Preservation Review Committee Meeting

October 15, 1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
This committee meets quarterly.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), is pleased to announce the Oklahoma Historic Preservation Review Committee’s (HPRC) meeting schedule for calendar year 2020. The governor appoints the members of the HPRC to advise the SHPO about nominations to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and other preservation issues.

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International Archaeology Day celebration

October 17
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 First Street Spiro, OK 74959

October is Archaeology Month in Oklahoma and internationally, and Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will celebrate International Archaeology Day on Saturday, October 17, 2020, with a lecture, a guided walk, and many other activities. Oklahoma Archaeology Month is sponsored and promoted by the Oklahoma Anthropological Society and the Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network and includes many more events throughout Oklahoma during the month of October. Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is the only prehistoric American Indian archaeological site in Oklahoma open to the…

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History Alive! living history experience

October 17, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day First of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day Third of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

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

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Family Day at the Birthplace Ranch

October 17, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch will host Family Day at the Ranch on Saturday, October 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, visitors will get a glimpse of what life was like in the early days of the ranch during Will Rogers’s childhood! Family Day at the Ranch is free and open to the public, and donations are appreciated.

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American Farmer exhibit closes

October 20
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On Tuesday, September 1, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will open a new exhibit titled American Farmer. The exhibit showcases the selected work of forty-five images from the collection of photographer Paul Mobley. Mobley set out to capture the soul of the country's farm communities that highlight enduring rural traditions, family, integrity, close connections to the land, and hard work. The resulting images are a series of stunning portraits of farmers in their local settings, exploring how their day-to-day…

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Family Farm Day

October 24, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host Family Farm Day on Saturday, October 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This family activity day celebrates the agricultural heritage of the Cherokee Strip. Guests can enjoy hands-on activities, farm animals, food preparation, antique tractors, and more. Family Farm Day celebrates the proud farming heritage that built northwest Oklahoma. For additional information please call 580-237-1907 or visit www.facebook.com/CSRHC.

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

October 26, 5 p.m.7 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5 p.m. on day Last of the month, repeating until December 28, 2020

Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

Visit the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry on the last Monday of each month for Blacksmithing Demonstrations in the blacksmith shop. The demonstrations will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy watching the craftsmen work and will have an opportunity for hands-on experiences. This educational event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated. For more information please call 580-336-2405.

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Wanted: Dead or Alive exhibit closes

October 30
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Friday, August 28, Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher will open its newest exhibit, Wanted: Dead or Alive. This photography exhibit is comprised of images of some of Oklahoma’s most infamous criminals and will be on display until October 30, 2020. Images in the exhibit are from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the University of Oklahoma Western History Collections, the National Archives, the vast photographic archives of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and private lenders. The 38 black-and-white images on display consist…

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