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James Herman Banning Documentary

What: Documentary Screening
When: Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 11am–3pm
Who: Everyone
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: See a documentary about James Herman Banning, the first African American to fly from coast to coast across the United States. The program begins with a discussion followed by the documentary. An Okietales program for children will begin at 2pm.
How to Participate: Visit the museum!
Cost: Free with museum admission

History of the NAACP in Oklahoma City

What: History of the NAACP in Oklahoma City
When: Saturday, February 20, 2016, from 11am–3pm
Who: Everyone
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: Garland Pruitt, president of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the NAACP, will speak about the history of the NAACP in Oklahoma City. A documentary will be shown at 1pm and an Okietales program for children will begin at 2pm.
How to Participate: Visit the museum!
Cost: Free with museum admission

African American Education in Oklahoma

What: African American Education in Oklahoma
When: Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 11am–3pm
Who: Everyone
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: Dr. Donnie L. Nero Sr. will speak about the history of African American education in Oklahoma. Dr. Nero is president of the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame and former president of Connors State College. Dr. Nero's program will begin at 11am. A documentary will follow at 1pm and an Okietales program for children will begin at 2pm.
How to Participate: Visit the museum!
Cost: Free with museum admission

First Saturday Hands-On History

What: First Saturdays Hands-On History
When: First Saturday of every month from 1pm–4pm
Who: Families
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: Join us in celebrating different exhibits and holidays with crafts and activities for all ages.
How to Participate: Visit the museum!
Cost: Free with museum admission

 Beginning Soap Making Class

What: Beginning Soap Making Class
When: Saturday, March 12, 2016, from 12pm–3pm
Who: People 12 and above
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: In this hands-on class, participants will explore the art of making handcrafted soap using both historic and modern methods. Learn how to make old-fashioned lye soap, discuss the history of making soap, and craft your own soaps to take home.
How to participate: Register online, contact education@okhistory.org, or call (405) 522-3602. Cost: $30

 Fifth Annual Cowboy Round-up

What: Fifth Annual Cowboy Round-up
When: Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 10am–2pm
Who: Families
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: Join us for a cowboy-themed rendezvous filled with adventure for all ages
How to participate: Contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602
Cost: Free
Youth are encouraged to dress the part as they make their way to the museum.

Dutch Oven Cooking

What: Dutch Oven Cooking Class
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 1pm–5pm
Who: People 10 and above
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: Learn a variety of historic recipes as you create a dish and discover how to use a Dutch oven in your backyard. The class will begin inside the museum for background information, instructions on how to care for and clean Dutch ovens, recipes, and different cooking methods. The majority of the class will be spent outdoors preparing a group meal. Please remember to dress for the weather and no open-toed shoes or sandals.
How to participate:Register online, contact education@okhistory.org, or call (405) 522-3602.
Cost: $15, lunch included

 Okietales

What: Okietales
When: Wednesdays, June and July, 2016, from 10:30am–11:30am
Who: Kids ages 5-9
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: Every Wednesday we will dive into history with books, exhibits, hands-on activities, stories, and explore a different topic from the Wild West to pioneer life. How to participate:Register online, contact education@okhistory.org, or call (405) 522-3602.
Cost: $2

History Pioneers Junior Curator Camp

What: History Pioneers Junior Curator Camp
When: Monday – Friday, July 18-22, 2016, from 10a.m.-3p.m.
Who: Kids ages 8-12, limit 20
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: Participants will work to create their own exhibit to display at the History Center with an exhibit opening on Friday, July 15 at 2 p.m. Students will learn how to handle artifacts, write labels, research, make mounts, and present an exhibit.
How to participate:Register online, contact education@okhistory.org, or call (405) 522-3602.
Cost: $75

 National History Day Boot Camp

What: National History Day Boot Camp
When: Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 10am - 4pm
Who: Teachers interested in History Day, limit 40
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: Learn the 2017-2018 theme, primary sources available in the area, how to conduct research, and the different types of projects.
How to participate:Register online, contact education@okhistory.org, or call (405) 522-3602.
Cost: Free to teachers

 Beginning Tatting

What: Beginning Tatting Class
When: Saturday, August 6, 2016, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Who: People 12 and above
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: Participants will learn the fascinating and historic art of lacemaking through this hands-on class from instructor Irene Morgan of the Lacemakers Guild of Oklahoma. Students will learn the essential techniques of tatting using a shuttle and previous lacemaking experience is not required for the class.
How to participate:Register online, contact education@okhistory.org, or call (405) 522-3602.
Cost: $15

 Storytelling Festival

What: Storytelling Festival
When: Thursday–Saturday, August 25–27, 2016, from 10am–10pm
Who: Everyone
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: For more than 30 years, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City has produced the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, which has delighted audiences with nationally-acclaimed storytellers, workshops, and outreach performances. Named one of the best places to hear or tell a tale, the Storytelling Festival offers performances by some of the nation's best tellers. The Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival continues the tradition with three entertaining evening performances (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), a family matinee on Saturday and professional workshops (Friday and Saturday). This website will be updated soon with a more finalized schedule and workshop descriptions: http://www.artscouncilokc.com/content/oklahoma-city-storytelling-festival

Back-to-School Bash

What: Back-to-School Bash
When: August 30, 2016, from 6pm –8pm
Who: Teachers and Educators
Why: Join the Oklahoma History Center and other metro museums at the Back-to-School Bash at the Oklahoma History Center! Celebrate the beginning of the new school year and find out about all the museum has to offer teachers and their families. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about field trips, trunks, and special events. Oklahoma History Center trunks will be on display for hands-on interaction and many of the living history characters will be available as well. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night with teacher identification.
How to participate: Contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.
Cost: Free

Septemberfest

What: Septemberfest
When: Saturday, September 10, 2016, from 10am–4pm
Who: Families
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: Along the Red River Journey visitors will enjoy interaction with living historians representing WWII, cowboys, land run participants, nineteenth century American Indians, antebellum musicians, the Civil War, and more! We will bring the past to life with learning stations, hands-on activities, and demonstrations. The adventure continues inside the History Center with live performances, storytelling, and unique exhibits about Oklahoma.
How to participate: Contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.
Cost: Free

Home School Day

What: Home School Day
When: Monday, October 10, 2016, from 10am–2pm
Who: Families
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: Visitors can explore the museum with the help of gallery guides, follow along with our scavenger hunt, take part in hands-on demonstrations, and enjoy a variety of historical interpreters. Visitors will find activities and demonstrations throughout the galleries. Home School Day is designed for family learners and home school groups to come, experience, and do! The museum offers a number of outdoor picnic areas or you can drop by the Winnie Mae Cafe during your visit for lunch.
How to participate: Contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.
This program is sponsored in part by SONIC, America's Drive-in.
Cost: Free

 Cemetery Symbols

What: Cemetery Symbols Workshop
When: Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 1pm–3pm
Who: People 10 and above
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: Gravestones and cemeteries are rich in a language of symbols. Those symbols can be difficult to interpret because of changes in meaning over time. By examining the grave markers one can learn more than just the person's name. This class will provide the skills necessary to investigate the past through tombstones.
How to participate:Register online, contact education@okhistory.org, or call (405) 522-3602.
Cost: Free with museum admission.

Southeastern Beadwork II

What: Southeastern Beadwork II Class
When: Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 10am–4:30pm
Who: People 18 and above
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: Participants will learn Southeastern style beadwork from Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry. Students will begin their traditional bandolier bag in the class, learn different stitches, and tour the American Indian gallery. You can find out more about Martha Berry by visiting her website www.berrybeadwork.com.
How to participate:Register online, contact education@okhistory.org, or call (405) 522-3602.
Cost: $150, lunch included


 Gourd-stitch Beadwork

What: Gourd-stitch Beadwork Class
When: Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 10am–3pm
Who: People 15 and above
Where: Oklahoma History Center
Why: Participants will learn the beadwork stitch called gourd stitch from Caddo teacher Yonavea Hawkins. Students will learn the basics of the stich, explore the museum's beadwork examples, and enjoy lunch. You can find out more information about Yonavea from her website: Yonavea.com.
How to participate:Register online, contact education@okhistory.org, or call (405) 522-3602.
Cost: $50, lunch included