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Friday, November 7

Bus Tour to Chickasaw Country

Friday, November 7, 9am - 4:30pm. $69 per person.
Visit the Chickasaw Cultural Center, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Bedre Chocolate Factory, the shops at the Artesian Hotel, the Rusty Nail Winery; lunch at the Chickasaw Cultural Center included.

Busses will leave from the Oklahoma History Center; registration for bus tours begins at 8am.
Tucked in the rolling prairie of cross-timber country, Sulphur, Oklahoma, is known as the gateway to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. It was known to Native Americans as "the land of rippling waters" due to the mineral waters, streams, lakes and swimming holes crisscrossing the area. Visit the Chickasaw Cultural Center, a world-class museum complex devoted to the celebration of Chickasaw history and culture. Using modern technology and richly theatrical environments, the Chickasaw Cultural Center will immerse visitors in the vibrant, ongoing story of the Chickasaw. Located on 109 acres near Sulphur, this museum complex features more than 96,000 square feet of indoor space, including an exhibit center, the Holisso Research Center and a large-format theatre. An amphitheater, sky terrace, traditional village and several water features are also featured on the. Enjoy Indian Tacos for lunch (included) before we leave to drive thru the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. One stop everyone is sure to enjoy is Bedre Chocolate Factory. Bedre is an American Indian company that produces fine chocolates in the heart of Oklahoma. This manufacturing facility is owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation. Bedre offers temptations to satisfy any sweet tooth, including gourmet chocolates, gift baskets and other traditional candies. We can step into the viewing gallery and see chocolate being made before our very own eyes.

Friday Session #1 - Oklahoma History Center

Friday, November 7, 1pm - 4:45 pm. $5 per person.
Note: The location of this session has changed. This session will now be held at the Oklahoma History Center. Learn about the many resources of the Oklahoma Historical Society Research Center and explore researching with historic newspapers. Sessions will also cover the history of Indian Territory and openings of Oklahoma Territory, homestead records and Indian allotments, and how to find your American Indian ancestors. Debra Spindle, PhD, MLIS and Billie Fogarty, M. Ed. will present these sessions from 1 to 4:45 p.m. Registration is only $5 per person!

Friday Session #2 - Oklahoma History Center

Friday, November 7, 1pm - 4:45 pm. $5 per person.
Friday sessions at the Oklahoma History Center will explore the history of the Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), and Seminole. Learn about the heritage, culture, and records of these tribes with speakers William D. Welge, Gene Norris, Kenneth Sivard, and Mary Jane Warde, PhD. Sessions are from 1 to 4:45 p.m. The History Center will also offer free admission to museum galleries for class attendees. Registration is only $5 per person!

Native Reflections: Experience Tribal Traditions

Reception at the Oklahoma History Center
Friday, November 7, 5pm - 7pm. $20 per person.
Join us for a special reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center. Experience traditional Chickasaw dancers and demonstrations of American Indian finger weaving, beadwork and other native craft techniques. The reception is $20 per person and heavey hors d'oeuvre will be served. History Center galleries will be open so visitors may view the current exhibits.

Saturday, November 8

Saturday Classes with Ancestry.com

Renaissance Ballroom at the Cox Convention Center
Saturday, November 8, 8am - 4:30pm. $40 per person.
Saturday will feature a full day of genealogy! Attend classes with the Ancestry team including Ancestry 101: New & Review; Getting the Most from Ancestry.com; Using AncestryDNA to Further Your Family History Research; the exciting new American Indian Collection on Ancestry.com; Q&A with the Experts, and Sharing Your Family Story. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Registration is $40 per person.

Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource home to billions of historical records, millions of family trees and much more.

Time Topic

8:00-8:30 am

Ancestry 101: New and Review

8:30-8:45 am


8:45-10:00 am

Getting the Most from Ancestry - Part 1

10:00-10:15 am


10:15-10:45 am

Using AncestryDNA to Further Your Family History Research

10:45 am -12:00pm

Getting the Most from Ancestry - Part 2

12:00-1:30 pm


1:30-2:00 pm

American Indian records at NARA-Ft. Worth (30 min)

2:00-2:30 pm

American Indian record collections at Ancestry.com

2:30-2:45 pm


2:45-3:45 pm

Q&A with the Experts

3:45-4:15 pm

Sharing Your Story

4:15-4:30 pm


Saturday Lunch with Speaker Tim Tingle

Saturday, November 8, 12 - 1:30pm. $35 per person.
A limited number of seats are available for a special lunch program featuring award-winning Choctaw author and storyteller Tim Tingle. Tickets for the lunch program are $35 per person.

Tingle's great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835, and his paternal grandmother attended a series of rigorous Indian boarding schools in the early 1900s. Responding to a scarcity of Choctaw lore, Tingle began collecting tribal stories in the early 1990s.

As a storyteller, Tingle brings the lore of the Choctaw Nation to life in lively historical, personal, and traditional stories. He plays the Native American flute and often accompanies himself with an assortment of gourd rattles and drums, adding a haunting dimension to a performance. Vocal chants and hymns sung in the Choctaw language compliment his stories.

As a visiting author and performer, Tingle reaches audiences numbering over 200,000 annually. His first children's book, Crossing Bok Chitto, garnered over twenty state and national awards, including Best Children's Book from the American Indian Library Association, and was an Editor's Choice in the New York Times Book Review. Tingle recently published House of Purple Cedar, his first work of adult fiction.