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April 2018

2018 Oklahoma History Conference, Oklahoma History Center

April 25April 27
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Make your reservation to attend the 2018 Oklahoma History Conference, Wednesday through Friday, April 25–27, at the Oklahoma History Center. This annual conference is presented by the Oklahoma Historical Society. This year's conference theme is "OHS125: Collecting, Preserving, and Sharing for the Next Generation" in honor of the Oklahoma Historical Society's 125th anniversary. The 2018 conference will include eighteen presentation sessions on a range of topics pertaining to Oklahoma history. Thursday's plenary session will feature Ted Chapin, president of The…

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“Celebrating Oklahoma! at 75″ program, Oklahoma History Center

April 26, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Thursday, April 26, the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) and Oklahoma City University (OCU) will present the musical program “Celebrating Oklahoma! at 75.” To mark the 75th anniversary of the Broadway debut of Oklahoma! students from the OCU Wanda L. Bass School of Music will perform songs from the musical. Oklahoma! was the first collaboration of renowned musical theatre duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! was based on Green Grow the Lilacs, written by Oklahoman Lynn…

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Red Dirt Student Art Show exhibit closes, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

April 28
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 until Saturday, April 28. For more information please call 580-237-1907 or visit www.csrhc.org.

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Route 66 Hall of Fame induction, Oklahoma Route 66 Museum

April 28, 9:00 am5:00 pm
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, 2229 West Gary Boulvard Clinton, OK 73601

There will be a lot happening at this year’s biannual Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum on Saturday, April 28, 2018. In addition to inducting the newest hall of fame members, two other events will take place that day. Beginning at 11 am, nationally known Route 66 historians and photographers Jim Ross and Shellee Graham will sign copies of their newest book, Secret Route 66: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and…

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Lure of the Open Road exhibit opens, Oklahoma Route 66 Museum

April 28, 9:00 am5:00 pm
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, 2229 West Gary Boulvard Clinton, OK 73601

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum will open a new exhibit of photographs by nationally known Route 66 historians and photographers Jim Ross and Shellee Graham. Lure of the Open Road features thirty-five of their color and black and white photographs of Route 66. Beginning at 11 am, Ross and Graham will sign copies of their newest book, Secret Route 66: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. Ross is a current Oklahoma Route 66…

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Frontier Festival, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

April 28, 11:00 am3:00 pm
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Visit the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid for a Frontier Festival on Saturday, April 28, from 11 am to 3 pm. Step back in time to 1893 and experience life in the Cherokee Outlet! There will be 1890s music, food, and family fun throughout Humphrey Heritage Village. More information will be available at www.csrhc.org.

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Musical Instruments of the Nineteenth Century and Civil War Era program with Preston Ware, Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center

April 28, 1:00 pm2:30 pm
Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, 101601 South 4232 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is excited to announce a fun and educational nineteenth-century instrumental music program to be held at the new Visitor Center on Saturday, April 28, at 1 pm. Preston Ware of the Oklahoma Historical Society will present a program about the historical importance of musical instruments used in the early, mid, and late nineteenth century. The demonstration will include examples of instruments such as rhythm bones, jaw harp, jaw bone, French harp, 1820s fiddle, cigar…

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“Music of the Big Band Era” Kilgen Organ performance by Ken Double, Oklahoma History Center

April 30, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center announces the next in its series of Kilgen Organ performances. "Music of the Big Band Era" will feature artist Ken Double on the Kilgen Organ with trombone accompaniment by Irv Wagner on Monday, April 30, at 7 pm in the Devon Great Hall of the Oklahoma History Center. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for Oklahoma Historical Society members. Tickets may be purchased by calling 405-522-0765. There are no reserved seats, so early…

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May 2018

The Art of Clifford “Who” Davis exhibit opens, Cherokee Strip Museum

May 1
Cherokee Strip Museum, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

An exhibit of the art of Clifford “Who” Davis will be on display at the recently renovated Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry during the months of May and June. Davis was a self-taught artist whose paintings reflect African American folk themes. Visitors also are invited to explore the newly remodeled museum building. The Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School are located at 2617 West Fir Street in Perry. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm…

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Women in Mourning exhibit opens, Sod House Museum

May 1, 9:00 am5:00 pm
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

The Sod House Museum will be opening a new exhibit, Women in Mourning on May 1. The central feature of this exhibit will be a black dress trimmed in purple along with a black lace shawl and accessories. These items date from around the early 1900s, and the dress was worn in the third stage of mourning known as half mourning. The exhibit also will include items in the home and changes made to them until the deceased family member…

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Challengers of the Dust book review and presentation by author William Bernhardt, Museum of the Western Prairie

May 1, 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

The Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus will host a review talk on the book Challengers of the Dust (This Land Press, 2016) with author William Bernhardt on Tuesday, May 1, at 7 pm. This event is free and open to the public. In the Depression-era tale Challengers of the Dust, nationally recognized author William Bernhardt creates cliffhanger episodes as the protagonist travels from Guymon to Cleveland and back, encountering a whole gallery of heroes and villains, with appearances…

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Oklahoma National History Day contest, Oklahoma History Center

May 2May 3
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 2–3, more than 500 6th through 12th grade students 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 held each summer at the University of Maryland at College Park. Due to the size of the event,…

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Living History Education Day, Hunter’s Home

May 4
Hunter’s Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

Hunter's Home (formerly known as the George M. Murrell Home) in Park Hill will host its eighth annual Living History Education Day on Friday, May 4, with two sessions: 9:30–11:30 am and 11:30 am–1:30 pm. Registration is now open. Teachers are invited to bring their students and experience life in nineteenth-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…

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Urban Campout, Henry Overholser Mansion

May 4May 5
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Join Preservation Oklahoma for a fun evening under the stars on the grounds of the Henry Overholser Mansion! An Urban Campout will be held in May as a fundraiser for the mansion. The event begins on Friday, May 4, at 4:30 pm and continues until Saturday, May 5, at 11:30 am. 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 $85 per campsite, which…

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May Day Celebration, Hunter’s Home

May 5, 10:00 am4:00 pm
Hunter’s Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

Hunter's Home (formerly known as the George M. Murrell Home) will host its annual May Day Celebration on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm. A celebration of the beginning of the growing season on the nineteenth-century plantation, the event will feature entertainment and living history demonstrations. Music, lawn games, and hands-on programs about nineteenth-century life will fill the historic site. Guests can participate in a maypole event at 3 pm. The historic home and outbuildings also…

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Preservation of Photographic Materials workshop, Oklahoma History Center

May 9, 10:00 am4:00 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Wednesday, May 9, from 10 am to 4 pm a workshop entitled Preservation of Photographic Materials will be held at the Oklahoma History Center. The instructor is Rebecca Elder of Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation. Photographs are some of the most common items found in archival and museum collections, but they are also some of the most complex. During this full-day workshop, we will explore identification of photographic processes, storage, handling, display, and emergency response. You will leave knowing…

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Certified Local Governments Program workshop, Oklahoma History Center

May 9, 10:30 am12:00 pm
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 9–11, 2018, at the Oklahoma History Center. The May 9 workshops will be in the OERB Classrooms; the May 10–11 workshops will be in the Musser Learning Lab, located inside the Research Center. Certified Local Governments Program: The SHPO and Municipalities Preserving Community Heritage The National Historic Preservation Act, as amended provides for partnerships to identify, evaluate, and protect historic properties in communities of all…

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“Oklahoma’s Medal of Honor Recipients” Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program by Jody Turner, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

May 9, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host a free Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program on Wednesday, May 9, at noon. Jody Turner will present “Oklahoma’s Medal of Honor Recipients.” Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches and learn something new! For more information please call 580-237-1907.

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Introduction to Section 106 and Determinations of Eligibility for the National Register workshop, Oklahoma History Center

May 9, 1:30 pm4:30 pm
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 9–11, 2018, at the Oklahoma History Center. The May 9 workshops will be in the OERB Classrooms; the May 10–11 workshops will be in the Musser Learning Lab, located inside the Research Center. Introduction to Section 106 and Determinations of Eligibility for the National Register The workshop provides the basics about the review process in Oklahoma under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.…

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Working with the National Register of Historic Places workshop, Oklahoma History Center

May 10, 10:30 am4:30 pm
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 9–11, 2018, at the Oklahoma History Center. The May 9 workshops will be in the OERB Classrooms; the May 10–11 workshops will be in the Musser Learning Lab, located inside the Research Center. Working with the National Register of Historic Places 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, Oklahoma History Center

May 11, 10:30 am12:00 pm
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 9–11, 2018, at the Oklahoma History Center. The May 9 workshops will be in the OERB Classrooms; the May 10–11 workshops will be in the Musser Learning Lab, located inside the Research Center. Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings 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, Oklahoma History Center

May 11, 1:30 pm4:30 pm
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 9–11, 2018, at the Oklahoma History Center. The May 9 workshops will be in the OERB Classrooms; the May 10–11 workshops will be in the Musser Learning Lab, located inside the Research Center. The Secretary's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings The workshop features a discussion of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation. Generally known as The Standards, these commonsense…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray, Sod House Museum

May 12, 9:00 am11:00 am
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Quilting workshops are offered on the second Saturday of the month.
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

Visit the Sod House Museum southeast of Aline for a free quilting workshop on Saturday. The workshop will take place from 9 am to 11 am with instructor Martha Ray. This workshop is free to attend. For more information please contact Director Renee Trindle at 580-463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org.

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Family Day at the Ranch, Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch

May 12, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Experience life on a nineteenth-century ranch near Oologah! Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch will host Family Day at the Ranch on Saturday, May 12, from 1 to 3 pm. Hands-on activities and demonstrations will give visitors a glimpse of everyday life on the ranch during Will Rogers’s childhood. This month’s activities will include a nature hike on a trail in the valley along the shores of Oologah Lake, bird watching, and identifying different birds common to the area. Walking sticks and…

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Cast-Iron Cooking demonstration, Fort Towson Historic Site

May 12, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63 Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Want to learn how to cook over a campfire using cast iron? This is the class for you! Participants will learn different cooking techniques and recipes at the Fort Towson Historic Site on Saturday, May 12, from 1 to 3 pm. Calista Stephens from the Forest Heritage Center will be the demonstrator. All activities are free and open to the public.

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Mysteries of the Mansion tour, Henry Overholser Mansion

May 17, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
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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 pm. 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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Third Saturday Living History program, Hunter’s Home

May 19, 1:00 pm4:00 pm
Hunter’s Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

Visit Hunter's Home (formerly known as the George M. Murrell Home) in Park Hill on Saturday from 1 to 4 pm to participate in a nineteenth-century living history activity. The 1845 Cherokee plantation home's staff members are pleased to share living history experiences with guests during the monthly Third Saturday Living History program. Historical interpreters dressed in period clothing will perform everyday plantation tasks, and guests can enjoy a variety of demonstrations, talk to historians, and even participate in some…

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June 2018

Oklahoma’s 30th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference, Tulsa

June 6June 8
To be announced, Tulsa, OK

Details will be available in late April 2018.

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World War II program by Joe Todd, Oklahoma History Center

June 6, 10:30 am4:00 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Wednesday, June 6, the OHS Research Center will hold a one-day program exploring the history of World War II from 10:30 am to 4 pm. Historian Joe Todd will speak about D-Day, women in World War II, the USS Oklahoma, and share the story of "The Man Who Never Was." The cost for the program is $45 per person and lunch is included. Pre-registration is required; call 405-522-5225 to register. This program will be held in the Musser Learning…

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Okietales, Oklahoma History Center

June 6, 10:30 am11:30 am
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Wednesdays in June and July; no program on July 4
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Each Wednesday in June and July the Oklahoma History Center will host Okietales from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Okietales is a one-of-a-kind reading and storytelling time where kids see and hear history! Every week we will dive into history with books and stories that explore a different topic, from the Wild West and cowboys to land runs and pioneer life. This program is designed for five- to nine-year-olds. There will be no program on Wednesday, July 4. Admission is $2…

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Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show, Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum

June 8June 9
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, 1141 Pawnee Bill Road Pawnee, OK 74058

The Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the re-creation of Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show on June 8 and 9, 2018. Preshow entertainment begins at 7 pm and the Wild West Shows start at 7:30 pm. Stagecoaches will roll amid thundering horse hooves while the lightning of gunfire explodes around Pawnee Bill and his cohorts as the talented performers thrill and amaze audiences at the 2018 Wild West Show. The show will feature reenactments…

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Homecoming activities and Basket Weaving demonstration, Fort Towson Historic Site

June 9
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63 Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

After homecoming parade, visit the Fort Towson Historic Site for more activities on Saturday, June 9. Visitors can bring a lawn chair and listen to the live band, get a ticket to the barbecue lunch, and watch the pony express race! Catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. Linda Lou Alexander will also be onsite by the sutler store giving a basket weaving demonstration from 1 to 3 pm. All activities are free and open to the…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray, Sod House Museum

June 9, 9:00 am11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Quilting workshops are offered on the second Saturday of the month.
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

Visit the Sod House Museum southeast of Aline for a free quilting workshop on Saturday. The workshop will take place from 9 am to 11 am with instructor Martha Ray. This workshop is free to attend. For more information please contact Director Renee Trindle at 580-463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org.

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Okietales, Oklahoma History Center

June 13, 10:30 am11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Wednesdays in June and July; no program on July 4
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Each Wednesday in June and July the Oklahoma History Center will host Okietales from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Okietales is a one-of-a-kind reading and storytelling time where kids see and hear history! Every week we will dive into history with books and stories that explore a different topic, from the Wild West and cowboys to land runs and pioneer life. This program is designed for five- to nine-year-olds. There will be no program on Wednesday, July 4. Admission is $2…

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Third Saturday Living History program, Hunter’s Home

June 16, 1:00 pm4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
This event takes place on the third Saturday of each month.
Hunter’s Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

Visit Hunter's Home (formerly known as the George M. Murrell Home) in Park Hill on Saturday from 1 to 4 pm to participate in a nineteenth-century living history activity. The 1845 Cherokee plantation home's staff members are pleased to share living history experiences with guests during the monthly Third Saturday Living History program. Historical interpreters dressed in period clothing will perform everyday plantation tasks, and guests can enjoy a variety of demonstrations, talk to historians, and even participate in some…

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Family Day at the Ranch, Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch

June 16, 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Experience life on a nineteenth-century ranch near Oologah! Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch will host Family Day at the Ranch on Saturday, June 16, from 1 to 3 pm. Hands-on activities and demonstrations will give visitors a glimpse of everyday life on the ranch during Will Rogers’s childhood. This month’s activities will feature a nature hike and cane pole fishing. Visitors also can enjoy a scenic stroll through the expansive property, with beautiful views of Oologah Lake, a longhorn herd, and…

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Okietales, Oklahoma History Center

June 20, 10:30 am11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Wednesdays in June and July; no program on July 4
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Each Wednesday in June and July the Oklahoma History Center will host Okietales from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Okietales is a one-of-a-kind reading and storytelling time where kids see and hear history! Every week we will dive into history with books and stories that explore a different topic, from the Wild West and cowboys to land runs and pioneer life. This program is designed for five- to nine-year-olds. There will be no program on Wednesday, July 4. Admission is $2…

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Mysteries of the Mansion tour, Henry Overholser Mansion

June 21, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
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 pm. 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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Okietales, Oklahoma History Center

June 27, 10:30 am11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Wednesdays in June and July; no program on July 4
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Each Wednesday in June and July the Oklahoma History Center will host Okietales from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Okietales is a one-of-a-kind reading and storytelling time where kids see and hear history! Every week we will dive into history with books and stories that explore a different topic, from the Wild West and cowboys to land runs and pioneer life. This program is designed for five- to nine-year-olds. There will be no program on Wednesday, July 4. Admission is $2…

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July 2018

Okietales, Oklahoma History Center

July 11, 10:30 am11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Wednesdays in June and July; no program on July 4
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Each Wednesday in June and July the Oklahoma History Center will host Okietales from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Okietales is a one-of-a-kind reading and storytelling time where kids see and hear history! Every week we will dive into history with books and stories that explore a different topic, from the Wild West and cowboys to land runs and pioneer life. This program is designed for five- to nine-year-olds. There will be no program on Wednesday, July 4. Admission is $2…

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