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"Born to Freedom" Gallery Walk

Saturdays, March to November, 2014
Join the staff at the Oklahoma History Center for a gallery walk examining the life and art of Allan Houser. The last Saturday of each month staff will lead families and groups through the exhibit offering special incite on the impact and legacy of this American Indian artist. Check the schedule below to find out times. The family walk will include special activities for children. There is no age limit and registration is not required. This event is free with museum admission. For more information on the class please contact us at education@okhistory.org or 405-522-3602.

June 28 10:30 a.m. Adult 2 p.m. Family
August 30 10:30 a.m. Adult 2 p.m. Family
October 25 10:30 a.m. Adult 2 p.m. Family

Okietales

Wednesdays, June and July 2014
Mark your calendars and load up the little ones for a special program to explore Oklahoma's past at the Oklahoma History Center. Each Wednesday in June and July from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the History Center will host Okietales. Okietales is a one-of-a-kind reading and storytelling time where kids can hear and see history! Every Wednesday we will dive into history with books and stories and 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. Admission is $2 for each child and includes museum admission following the program. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information on Okietales or to register please contact education at education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Back-to-School Bash

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Teachers, parents, school staff and students are invited to join museums from across the Oklahoma City metro area and beyond at the Back-to-School Bash at the Oklahoma History Center on August 14 from 6-9 p.m. Staff and educators from Oklahoma institutions will be on hand to answer questions about field trips, trunks, teacher resources, professional development and special events. In addition, the Oklahoma History Center's galleries will be open all evening. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night to teachers.

Participating entities include Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Discover Hidden Treasures, Edmond Historical Society, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Law Related Education—Oklahoma Bar Association, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Museum of Osteology, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma City Contemporary, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Oklahoma Territorial Museum, Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Pioneer Woman Museum, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and Science Museum Oklahoma.

Admission to the event is free, but donations of school supply items such as pencils, paper, pens, glue or crayons are encouraged. Registration is not required. For more information about the event, please contact the OHC Education Department at education@okhistory.org or 405-522-3602.

Storytelling Festival

Thursday-Saturday, August 21-23, 2014
The Arts Council of Oklahoma City presents the 2014 Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival August 21-23 at the Oklahoma History Center.

This must-see festival celebrates the art of storytelling. 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 2014 featured tellers are Donald Davis, Syd Lieberman, Bil Lepp, and Lynette Ford. 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 on Friday and Saturday.

Complete details, a schedule, and workshop descriptions will be posted on the Arts Council's website.

Septemberfest

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Join the Oklahoma History Center and the Governor's Mansion for the eighteenth Annual Septemberfest on Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to all of the activities and the museum are free for the entire day. The Oklahoma History Center's theme this year will be Mystery at the Museum. 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, demonstrations and more. The history adventure continues inside the History Center with live performances, storytelling, and unique exhibits about Oklahoma. Come early and stay late and celebrate Oklahoma at Septemberfest. This event is free and registration is not required. For more information please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Cemetery Symbols

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Join us as we explore the meaning behind historic gravestones on Saturday, October 11, 2014. 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. The class will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and is free with admission. Registration is required. For more information or to register please contact education at education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Home School Day

Monday, October 13, 2014
The Oklahoma History Center will host our sixth Annual Home School Day on Monday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities run throughout the day allowing participants to stop by any time. The museum will offer a hands-on adventure into Oklahoma's past. 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! No registration is required. The museum offers a number of outdoor picnic areas or you can drop by the Winnie Mae Café during your visit for lunch. Best of all, admission to the program is free. For more information on Home School Day please contact us at education@okhistory.org or by phone at (405) 522-3602. This program is sponsored in part by SONIC, America's Drive-in.

Fall Break

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Join the Oklahoma History Center as we celebrate the arrival of Fall Break on October 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Assist the staff as a junior history detective and help solve the museum mystery. The event is free with museum admission. Registration is not required and all ages are welcome. For more information about the event please contact at education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Mother-Son Cowboy Camp

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Join the Oklahoma History Center for a special mother-son camp on October 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. Young cowpokes and their mothers will learn traditional cowboy songs, how to make ropes and lasso, shoot targets, and have a Dutch oven lunch. Please wear your best cowboy outfits. Registration is required and space is limited. Cost is $35 per couple and $10 for each additional person. All ages are welcome. For more information about the event please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Weaving Class

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Join the Oklahoma History Center in a colonial-era weaving class on November 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will learn a basic weaving pattern with a lap loom. All materials are provided and participants will be able to take them home. The class will visit the galleries to view textiles on exhibit. Cost for the class is $30 and registration is limited and required. Age limit is eight and above. For more information about the event or to register please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

"Alan Houser: Unconquered"

Saturday, November 15, 2014
The Oklahoma History Center will show the documentary "Alan Houser: Unconquered" on November 15 from 3-5pm. This film highlights the life of the influential Oklahoma American Indian artist Alan Houser and highlights some of the pieces in the Gaylord Special Exhibit gallery for Alan Houser's 100th birthday. The event is free with museum admission. For more information please contact us at education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Dutch Oven Cooking

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Join the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday, November 15 for a hands-on class for teens and adults exploring Dutch oven cooking. Learn a variety of recipes as you create a dish and discover how to use a Dutch oven in your backyard. The class is from 1 to 5p.m and the cost is $15. Space is limited so sign up early! 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. All food items, materials, and ovens are provided by the History Center. Please remember to dress for the weather. Also, please no open-toed shoes or sandals. For more information or to register please contact education@okhistory.org or call (405) 522-3602.

American Indian Heritage Month

Saturdays, November, 2014
The Oklahoma History Center is celebrating American Indian Heritage Month with activities throughout the month of November.

Join us November 8 for a day exploring traditional men's clothing including demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On November 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m the museum will offer a symposium for the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Pawnee Scout Battalion. The symposium will explore the history of the battalion, their role within the tribe, and the impact on the tribe today. On November 22 we will explore traditional hunting with demonstrations and live exhibitions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All events are free with museum admission. For more information please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Deck the Halls

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Load up the family and come "Deck the Halls" with us at the Oklahoma History Center on December 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This family friendly event will include activities and a chance to meet a variety of historical Mr. and Mrs. Clauses. This event is free with admission to the museum. For more information please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Daddy-Daughter Sock Hop

January 23, 2015
Join us at the Oklahoma History Center for a daddy-daughter dance inspired by drive-in movies from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 25! Come learn how to jump, jive, and wail wearing your best poodle skirt. Registration is required and space is limited. Come make memories and explore the hopping 1950s. Cost for the event is $75 per couple and $25 for each extra person with dinner included. For more information on the daddy-daughter dance, please contact us at education@okhistory.org or by phone at (405) 522-3602.