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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 insight on the impact and legacy of this American Indian artist. Check the schedule below for 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.

April 26 10:30 Adult 2 p.m. Family
May 31 10:30 Family 2 p.m. Adult
June 28 10:30 Adult 2 p.m. Family
July 26 10:30 Family 2 p.m. Adult
August 30 10:30 Adult 2 p.m. Family
September 27 10:30 Family 2 p.m. Adult
October 25 10:30 Adult 2 p.m. Family
November 29 10:30 Family 2 p.m. Adult

Southeastern Ceramic Effigy Class

Saturday, April 19, 2014
The History Center will host a Ceramic Effigy class with Victoria Mitchell, Cherokee potter and Cherokee National Living Treasure, on April 19, 2014. The class will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and registration is required. The cost for the class $100; all materials and lunch are included. Class size is limited to just twelve participants to allow for one-on-one instruction with the instructor. Victoria will discuss southeastern style traditional pottery and effigy pipes. Each student will complete a project and decorate it with tools provided. You may leave your finished piece at the museum to be fired and picked up at a later date or you may transport it to dry and make arrangements to fire the piece on your own. Find out more about Victoria Mitchell by visiting her website: victoriacherokeepottery.com. Registration is required and age is limited to eighteen and above. For more information or to register please contact at education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602

Dutch Oven Cooking

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Join the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday, April 26 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.

Traditional Craft Day

Saturday, May 10, 2014
The Oklahoma History Center invites you and your family to come experience the art of heritage crafts. The galleries will come to life with demonstrations and hands-on activities exploring traditional crafts such as weaving, spinning, basket weaving, and beadwork from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 10. The event is free with museum admission. For more information about the event please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

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.

Created Equal Panel Discussion: Slavery and Jim Crow in Oklahoma

Thursday, June 19, 2014
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, the OHS will host a Juneteenth panel discussion on the topics of Slavery in the Indian Territory and Jim Crow in Oklahoma. The discussion will feature clips from two documentaries, The Abolitionists, and Slavery by Another Name. These films are a part of an initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History titled: "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle." There is no age requirement but parental guidance is suggested. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and registration is not required. The event is free. For more information please contact at education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Southeastern Beadwork II

Saturday, June 21, 2014
The History Center will host a Southeastern style bead working class with Martha Berry, nationally known bead work artist, on Saturday, June 21. The class will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and registration is required. The cost for the class $150 and includes all materials and lunch. Class registration pays for all materials necessary to produce a traditional Southeastern bandolier bag. Class size is limited to just fifteen participants to allow for one-on-one instruction. This class is for participants age eighteen and older. To find out more about Martha Berry visit her website berrybeadwork.com. For more information on the class or to register please contact us at education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

History Pioneers Junior Curator Camp

Wednesday-Friday, July 9-11, 2014
Ever thought about a career in the museum field? Join the Oklahoma History Center for the first History Pioneers Junior Curator Camp from July 9 to 11. Participants will work from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to create their own exhibit to display at the History Center with an exhibit opening on Friday, July 11, at 2 p.m. Students age eight to twelve will learn how to handle artifacts, write labels, research, make mounts, and present an exhibit. Cost for the camp is $40. Registration is required and limited. For more information about the camp or register please contact us at education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Doll-Making Class

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Come make a new doll for the summer! Participants will learn to make cornhusk, rag, and cotton dolls on July 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will learn basic sewing skills and will visit the galleries to look at historic dolls from different cultures. Cost for the class is $50 and includes lunch. This class is for ages eight and above. Registration is limited and required. For more information or to register please contact us at education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Kids Pottery Class

Saturday, July 19, 2014
The Oklahoma History Center will host a kid's beginning pottery class on July 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost for the class is $50, which includes materials and lunch. Class size is limited to twelve to allow for one-on-one time with the instructor. Each student will complete a vessel and decorate it with tools provided. You may leave your finished piece at the museum to be fired and picked up at a later date or you may transport it to dry and make arrangements to fire the pieces on your own. Registration is required and limited to children ages seven and up. For more information or to register please contact us at education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Hand Printed Fabric

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Join us at the Oklahoma History Center for a Hand Printed Fabric Class on July 26, 2014, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Students will create an original design in carvable foam and print one yard of cotton fabric. Students will learn how to take their designs and create one-of-a-kind clothing from their fabric such as a scarf, shirt, and much more. Students will also visit the textile exhibit in the gallery and learn more about historic printed fabrics. Cost for the class is $30 and includes all materials. Registration is limited to ages 16 and up. For more information on the class or to register please contact us at education@okhistory.org or by phone at (405) 522-3602.

Back-to-School Bash

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Join the Oklahoma History Center at the Back-to-School Bash! Celebrate the beginning of the new school year focusing on all the museum has to offer teachers and their families on August 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about field trips, trunks, and special events. All of the 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. Admission to the event is free with a donation of a school supply item such as pencils, paper, pens, glue, or crayons. The school supplies collected will be donated to a local school district. Registration is not required. For more information about the event please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Storytelling Festival

Wednesday-Saturday, August 20-23, 2014
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Details to be announced.

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. 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 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.

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.

Decorative Gourd Class

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Details to be announced.

Dutch Oven Cooking

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Join the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday, October 25 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.

Call to Arms

Saturday, November 1, 2014
The Oklahoma History Center invites you and your family to load up family and join us for our Call to Arms on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Join us as we celebrate Oklahoma's military heritage with a special living history event for all. Call to Arms is scheduled from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. and with activities running throughout the day. The event will feature reenactors and living history interpreters from a variety of time periods, military vehicles, artillery, and includes activities for all ages. For more information on Call to Arms please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

If you or your reenactment group would like to participate please contact Jason Harris at jharris@okhistory.org or by phone at (405) 522-0785.

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.

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.