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January 2020

“The Indian Nations and the Civil War” presentation by author Dr. Clint Crowe

January 25, 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Dr. Clint Crowe, Oklahoma professor and newly published author of the book Caught in the Maelstrom: The Indian Nations in the Civil War, will present a program based on his new book about the history of American Indian nations in the Civil War at Honey Springs Battlefield on Saturday, January 25, at 1 p.m. Caught in the Maelstrom chronicles the often-overlooked experiences of the Five Tribes—the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muscogee (Creek), and Seminole—during America’s Civil War. From 1861 to 1865,…

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“From Gospel to Jazz and Beyond” Kilgen Organ performance featuring Tedde Gibson

January 27, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center is pleased to announce a Kilgen Organ series performance featuring organist Tedde Gibson. The theme will be “From Gospel to Jazz and Beyond.” This performance will be Monday, January 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $20 for nonmembers, and may be reserved by calling 405-522-0765. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tedde Gibson is of the few organists comfortable…

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Minerva Ross Murrell exhibits and programs end

January 31
Hunter’s Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

During the month of January 2020, Hunter’s Home will present programming centered on the lady of the house, Minerva Ross Murrell. From January 7 to 11, programs will focus on medicine. Because Minerva suffered the effects of malaria for much of the last five years of her life, museum staff will discuss commonly prescribed treatments for the disease and medicines of the mid-1800s. Notes from the physician who cared for Minerva reveal that she received many of these treatments under…

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Movie Night

January 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 theater on Friday, January 31, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy free popcorn and drinks while watching a 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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February 2020

Voices of Hunter’s Home: Enslaved People exhibit opens

February 1
Hunter’s Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

Hunter’s Home in Park Hill will commemorate Black History Month with Voices of Hunter’s Home: Enslaved People. During the month of February, visitors will see exhibits featuring many of the people who lived and performed slave labor on the plantation, such as Susan, Ike, Nelson, Eliza, and many others who made their lives here in the years before the Civil War. The exhibits will highlight the level of skill shown by the enslaved people of Hunter’s Home, as well as take…

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Photographing the Plains: Farm Security Administration, 1935–1945 exhibit opens

February 1
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

From February 1 to May 30, 2020, the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher will host Photographing the Plains: Farm Security Administration, 1935–1945, a traveling exhibit from the Oklahoma History Center, curated by Curator of Exhibits Jim Meeks. This exhibit highlights a collection of black-and-white photographs taken by six Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographers who visited Oklahoma or photographed displaced Oklahomans looking for work during the Great Depression. Roy Stryker was hired in 1935 to head the Historical Section of the…

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Antique Doll exhibit opens

February 1
Fred Drummond Home, 305 North Price Avenue Hominy, OK 74035

The Fred Drummond Home in Hominy will host an Antique Doll exhibit throughout the entire month of February. This exhibit will feature a wide array of German-made dolls, including dolls by Armand Marseille, Kestner, and Koppelsdorf. The exhibit will also include china, porcelain, and paper dolls. Along with the exhibit, visitors will learn about the history of various dolls. If you are a doll collector, an avid doll lover, or a mother or grandmother who has a special little girl…

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History Alive! living history experience

February 1, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every other Saturday in January and February
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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“The Buffalo Train Ride” presentation by author Desiree Morrison Webber

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

Author Desiree Morrison Webber will review her book The Buffalo Train Ride at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, at the Museum of the Western Prairie. This book explains how a plea from Comanche leader Quanah Parker to President Theodore Roosevelt opened the way to save the bison from near extinction. In 1907 fifteen buffalo from the Bronx Zoo boarded a train bound for a wildlife preserve in Oklahoma Territory. The Buffalo Train Ride received a positive review by School…

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History Alive! James Armistead Lafayette

February 6, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center is honored to present Colonial Williamsburg’s Stephen Seals in a portrayal of James Armistead Lafayette. Join us for this special presentation Thursday, February 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will take place in the Chesapeake Event Center. Admission is $10 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $20 for nonmembers. There is no reserved seating, so early arrival is recommended. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 405-522-0765. James Armistead Lafayette was born…

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Water/Ways exhibit closes

February 8
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Fort Towson Historic Site will host Water/Ways, a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition, from December 17, 2019, to February 8, 2020. This exhibition is made possible by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities. Water is an important element in American culture. People are drawn to water for peace and contemplation. The sights and sounds of water make those who experience them feel connected to nature. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

February 8, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
This workshop is 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 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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Basket Making workshop with Linda Lou Alexander

February 8, 9 a.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Fort Towson Historic Site is proud to present a Basket Making workshop on February 8, 2020. Instructor Linda Lou Alexander will teach participants the art of basket weaving in this hands-on workshop. Attendees even get to take home a completed basket! This program will start at 9 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m. with a potluck lunch. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $45 per person, which will cover all supplies to make your own basket. For more information you may contact Linda Lou…

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“American Bison: Past, Present, and Future” Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture by Dr. Jim Shaw

February 12, 12 p.m.1 p.m.
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 Luncheon Lecture on Wednesday, February 12, at noon. This month’s program will be “American Bison: Past, Present, and Future,” presented by Dr. Jim Shaw. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches and learn something new! For more information please call 580-237-1907.

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Date Night

February 14, 5 p.m.9 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Explore the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center and Village after hours on Valentine’s Day—just you and your date! Inside the museum, you will find a special new exhibit opening, one-on-one activities and conversation starters for a memorable shared experience, finger foods, and a choice of romantic beverages. Then, explore the Village after dark and see our history from a whole new light. This is a can’t-miss, unique Valentine’s date night opportunity! Tickets are $50 a couple, going on sale January…

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History Alive! living history experience

February 15, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every other Saturday in January and February
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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Oklahoma African American Family Film Festival

February 15, 12 p.m.5 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society’s Black Heritage Committee will present the Oklahoma African American Family Film Festival and workshop at the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday, February 15, from noon to 5 p.m. This event will include a presentation of videos, films and, raw, unedited footage documenting the history and culture of the African American experience in Oklahoma. The event will also feature Oklahoma filmmakers and films pertaining to the Sooner State. The festival is free and open to the public,…

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Water/Ways exhibit opens

February 18
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

The Museum of the Western Prairie will host Water/Ways, a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition, from February 18 through April 11, 2020. This exhibition is made possible by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities. Water is an important element in American culture. People are drawn to water for peace and contemplation. The sights and sounds of water make those who experience them feel connected to nature. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are…

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Southeastern Beadwork class

February 22, 10:30 a.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Learn from Martha Berry, Cherokee National Treasure and nationally renowned beadwork artist, in this Southeastern Beadwork class at the Oklahoma History Center! This class will be held Saturday, February 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It includes all materials necessary to produce a pre-European contact Cherokee sun circle wall hanging. Open to participants eighteen or over, class size is limited and registration is required. The cost for the class is $150 for OHS members and $175 for nonmembers. Registration…

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

February 24, 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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Movie Night

February 28, 7 p.m.8:30 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, February 28, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy free popcorn and drinks while watching a 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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Voices of Hunter’s Home: Enslaved People exhibit closes

February 29
Hunter’s Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

Hunter’s Home in Park Hill will commemorate Black History Month with Voices of Hunter’s Home: Enslaved People. During the month of February, visitors will see exhibits featuring many of the people who lived and performed slave labor on the plantation, such as Susan, Ike, Nelson, Eliza, and many others who made their lives here in the years before the Civil War. The exhibits will highlight the level of skill shown by the enslaved people of Hunter’s Home, as well as take a…

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Civil War Surgeon living history program

February 29
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Listen to a firsthand account of a Union Civil War surgeon serving in Indian Territory at Honey Springs Battlefield on Saturday, February 29, starting at 1 p.m. Jason Harris, living history presenter and director of the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher, will provide a hands-on program about life in the field, Civil War medicine, treatment of soldiers, and care for refugees. On display will also be a number of medical instruments from the period. This will be a fun-filled educational…

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Antique Doll exhibit closes

February 29
Fred Drummond Home, 305 North Price Avenue Hominy, OK 74035

The Fred Drummond Home in Hominy will host an Antique Doll exhibit throughout the entire month of February. This exhibit will feature a wide array of German-made dolls, including dolls by Armand Marseille, Kestner, and Koppelsdorf. The exhibit will also include china, porcelain, and paper dolls. Along with the exhibit, visitors will learn about the history of various dolls. If you are a doll collector, an avid doll lover, or a mother or grandmother who has a special little girl…

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March 2020

Women’s History Month gallery tour

March 7, 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m. the Oklahoma History Center will celebrate Women’s History Month with a guided tour of the exhibit Until We Organize: The Struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment. Doctoral candidate and curator Chelsea Burroughs will speak about the Equal Rights Amendment debate in one of the most important states—Oklahoma—and why it never passed. The exhibit explores the role of women on both sides of the debate as well as the status of women in the…

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“When the Country Was New” Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture by Jenny Entsminger

March 11, 12 p.m.1 p.m.
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 Lecture Luncheon on Wednesday, March 11, at noon. This month’s program will be “When the Country Was New,” presented by Jenny Entsminger. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches and learn something new! For more information please call 580-237-1907.

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

March 14, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
This workshop is 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 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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“Women During the Civil War” presentation by Kelly Houston

March 14, 1 p.m.2 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

In honor of Women’s History Month, Honey Springs Battlefield will host “Women During the Civil War,” presented by Kelly Houston on Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m. Kelly Houston is director of the Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City. Her presentation will include examples of items created and used by women during the Civil War Era. For more information regarding the presentation and Honey Springs Battlefield, please email honeysprings@okhistory.org or call 918-473-5572. Honey Springs Battlefield is located east of US…

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Oklahoma Farm-to-Table Family Festival

March 21, 10 a.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center will hold the Oklahoma Farm-to-Table Family Festival on Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will experience the rich agricultural heritage of America from colonial times to modern-day innovations with hands-on activities for all ages. This festival is free and open to the public! For more information, please call 405-522- If you would like to be one of our festival vendors, please complete the online application.

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“Freemasonry Among the Five Tribes” presentation by T. S. Akers

March 28, 1 p.m.2 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Honey Springs Battlefield will host T. S. Akers on Saturday, March 28, at 1 p.m. He will present “Freemasonry Among the Five Tribes,” which will explore the influences of Freemasonry upon the citizens of the Five Tribes after their removal to the Indian Territory. Akers is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and curator of collections for the McAlester Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. For more information regarding the presentation and Honey Springs Battlefield,…

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

March 30, 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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April 2020

Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day

April 4
OK

Multiple Oklahoma Historical Society museums and sites will participate in Smithsonian magazine's annual Museum Day on Saturday, April 4, 2020. On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington, DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day. Museum Day is a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Tickets will be available for download starting February…

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“The Civil War and Reconstruction in Indian Territory” presentation by Dr. Bradley R. Clampitt

April 4, 1 p.m.2 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Honey Springs Battlefield will host “The Civil War and Reconstruction in Indian Territory,” presented by Dr. Bradley R. Clampitt on Saturday, April 4, at 1 p.m. Dr. Clampitt is an associate professor and chair of the Department of History and Native American Studies at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He is author and editor of the book The Civil War and Reconstruction in Indian Territory. For more information regarding the presentation and Honey Springs Battlefield, please email honeysprings@okhistory.org or call…

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“Policing Our Borders: 19th-Century North American Immigration” Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture by Dr. Holly Karibo

April 8, 12 p.m.1 p.m.
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 Luncheon Lecture on Wednesday, April 8, at noon. This month’s program will be “Policing Our Borders: 19th Century North American Immigration,” presented by Dr. Holly Karibo. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches and learn something new! For more information please call 580-237-1907.

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Water/Ways exhibit closes

April 11
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

The Museum of the Western Prairie will host Water/Ways, a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition, from February 18 through April 11, 2020. This exhibition is made possible by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities. Water is an important element in American culture. People are drawn to water for peace and contemplation. The sights and sounds of water make those who experience them feel connected to nature. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

April 11, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
This workshop is 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 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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Historic Preservation Review Committee Meeting

April 16, 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. Current HPRC members include Ron Frantz (architect, Oklahoma City); John Hartley (prehistoric archeologist, Norman); Shirley Ballard Nero (historian, Clearview); Jana Phillips (architectural historian, Stillwater); and, Charles Wallis (historical…

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Brush Calligraphy class

April 18, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Learn basic brush and pen strokes to create beautiful pieces of art in the Oklahoma History Center's Brush Calligraphy class on Saturday, April 18. The class will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and the cost is $10 for OHS members and $20 for nonmembers. All materials are included and registration is required. This class is recommended for ages twelve and up. Registration opens on March 7 and closes on April 9.

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“Hello to Hollywood” Kilgen Organ performance featuring Rob Richards

April 20, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center is pleased to announce a Kilgen Organ series performance featuring Rob Richards (tentative). The theme will be “Hello to Hollywood.” This performance will be Monday, April 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $20 for nonmembers, and may be reserved by calling 405-522-0765. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Oklahoma History Conference

April 22
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The conference is Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Sequoyah State Park, 19808 Park 10 Hulbert, OK 74441

Join the OHS and our host, the City of Wagoner, at Sequoyah State Park April 22–24, 2020. The theme is "Connecting Cultures: Exploring the Three Forks." The Oklahoma Historical Society presents an annual conference in April. Each year the conference focuses on a different theme pertaining to Oklahoma history, preservation, and culture. Conference sessions are presented by historians, authors, and scholars from around the state and country. The conference also includes the annual meeting of the OHS membership. Optional activities…

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