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Storytelling Festival

Thursday-Saturday, August 27-29, 2015

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City's 2015 Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival will take place August 27-29 at the Oklahoma History Center. This must-see festival celebrates the art of storytelling. For over 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 at www.artscouncilokc.com.

Back-to-School Bash

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Join the Oklahoma History Center and other metro museums at the Back-to-School Bash at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum! Celebrate the beginning of the new school year focusing on all the museum has to offer teachers and their families on September 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. 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. Registration is not required. For more information about the event, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Septemberfest

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Join the Oklahoma History Center and the Governor's Mansion for the 19th Annual Septemberfest on Saturday, September 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to all of the activities and the museum are free for the entire day. 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 adventure continues inside the History Center with live performances, storytelling, and unique exhibits about Oklahoma. Come early, 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. 

Dutch Oven Cooking

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Join the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday, October 10, to explore Dutch oven cooking in  a hands-on participation class for teens and adults. The class is designed to introduce the students to Dutch oven cooking. Learn a variety of recipes as you create a dish and discover how to use a Dutch oven in your backyard. Cost for the class is $15 and all necessary materials will be provided. The class is from 1 to 5 p.m. Space is limited to forty people 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. Please remember to dress for the weather and no open-toed shoes or sandals. For more information please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602. You may also register online.

Home School Day

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Oklahoma History Center will host our seventh Annual Home School Day on Monday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Home School Day at the History Center is designed to offer family learners the chance to participate in a program specifically designed for mixed age groups. 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 (405)522-3602. This program is sponsored in part by SONIC, America's Drive-in.

Cemetery Symbols

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Join us as we explore the meaning behind historic gravestones on Saturday, October 24, 2015. 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 1–3 p.m. and is free with admission. Registration is required and space is limited to forty people. For more information please contact us at education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602. You may also register online.

Gourd-stitch Beadwork Class

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Join the Oklahoma History Center and instructor Yonavea Hawkins in learning the gourd-stitch. The class is on November 7, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students, age fifteen and above, will learn the basics of the stitch, explore the museum's beadwork examples, and enjoy lunch. You can find out more information about Yonavea  by visiting  Yonavea.com. Cost for the class is $75 and class size is limited to twelve students. Registration is required. For more information please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602. You may also register online.

Decorative Gourd Class

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Join the Oklahoma History Center and instructor John Hernadez,  artist and director of the Great Plains Museum in Lawton, in learning the art of decorative gourds. Students will learn how to transform an ordinary gourd into an unique expression of their own creativity.  The class is on November 14, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students, age fifteen and above, will learn the basics of the stitch and weaving pine needles, explore the museum's gourd work example, where to obtain supplies, coloration techniques, and enjoy lunch. You can find out more information about John by visiting www.fromthevineok.com/fromthevinestudi.html  Cost for the class is $100 and class size is limited to twelve students. Registration is required. The class is suitable for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. For more information or to register, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602. You may also register online.

American Indian Heritage Month

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Oklahoma History Center is celebrating American Indian Heritage Month with activities throughout the month.
Join us November 21 for a day of traditional children's games and clothing with demonstrations and 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 5, 2015

Load up the family and come "Deck the Halls" with us at the Oklahoma History Center on December 5 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.