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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!

Friday, January 23, 2015
Join us at the Oklahoma History Center for a daddy-daughter dance inspired by drive-in movies from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 23! Come learn how to jump, jive, and wail wearing your best poodle skirt.  Make memories and explore the hopping 1950s. Registration is required and space is limited to eighty couples. 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 education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Beginning Quilting

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Learn the history and techniques for hand quilting at the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday, January 24. The class will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Students will practice hand quilting using a rocking stitch on a provided quilt frame and printed quilt top. Class size is limited to twelve people and registration is required. Ages thirteen and up are welcome and previous quilting experience is not required. Cost for the class is $100 and students will each take home a project and a new quilt frame. For more information or to register for the class, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Milliners Class: Red Hats for Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Join the Oklahoma History Center for a day of fun and hat making. Learn the history of Edwardian milliners and create your own red hat for Valentine's Day! On Saturday, February 7, the class will construct 1890s-style Edwardian hats from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class participants will work one on one with assistance to complete the project during the course. The cost for the class is $30 and includes all supplies, lunch, and a tour of the Century Chest exhibit. The age limit for the class is ten and above. Space is limited to twelve people. For more information on the class or to register, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Screening of the Film Freedom Riders

Saturday, February 7, 2015
The Oklahoma History Center will host a screening of the documentary, Freedom Riders, in conjunction with 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. Following the screening, staff members will be available for Q&A about the film. The screening is free and open to the public from 1:30-3:30 p.m. For more information contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Mom and Me: Soda Shop

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Join us at the Oklahoma History Center as we celebrate with Mom and Me Soda Shop on February 21 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to wear their finest poodle skirts or leather jackets. Registration is required and limited to fifty couples. All ages, boys, and girls are welcome. Cost for the event is $35 per couple and $10 for each additional participant. For more information or to register for the Soda Shop, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Beginning Soap Making

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Join the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday afternoon, February 28, 2015, for a hands-on class exploring the art of handcrafted soap-making using both historic and modern methods. Participants will learn how to make old-fashioned lye soap, discuss the history of making soap, and craft their own soaps to take home. The class will be from 12 to 3 p.m. and will cost $40. Space is limited to twelve people and registration is required. The age limit is twelve and above. All materials, including safety equipment will be provided. Please no open-toed shoes or sandals. For more information or to register please contact education@okhistory.org or call (405) 522-3602.

Becoming a Pioneer Woman

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Celebrate National Women's Month at the Oklahoma History Center by joining the Pioneer Woman Workshop on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This hands-on workshop will cover gardening, fiber arts, cooking, and sewing. Age range is limited to adults and children eleven and older. The workshop costs $100 and includes all materials and lunch. Registration is required to attend and seating is limited to forty people. For more information on the workshop or to register please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Spring Break Kick-Off

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Welcome Camper! Join the Oklahoma History Center to kick off spring break with a day filled with summer camp-themed hands-on activities, from scavenger hunts to archaeological digs, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free with museum admission. All ages are welcome and registration is required. For more information about spring break, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Fifth Annual Cowboy Round-up

Saturday, March 21, 2015
The Oklahoma History Center invites you and your family to load up your little cowboys and cowgirls and join us for a rendezvous with adventure at the fifth annual Cowboy Round-up on Saturday, March 21. Cowboys and chuck wagons will bring the cattle drive era to life for visitors of all ages. Special activities include rope making, Dutch oven cooking, side shows, and more! Cowboy Round-up runs from 10 a.m to 2 p.m with activities throughout the Oklahoma History Center and outdoor areas. Youth are encouraged to dress the part as they make their way to the museum. No age limit or registration is required. For more information on Cowboy Round-up please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Beginning Tatting

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Come and learn the fascinating and historic art of lacemaking through this hands-on class from instructor Irene Morgan of the Lacemakers Guild of Oklahoma on Saturday, March 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. Students will learn the essential techniques of tatting using a shuttle. Ages twelve and up are welcome and previous lacemaking experience is not required for the class. The cost for the class is $15 and includes all materials. Registration is required and class size is limited to ten participants. For more information please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Southeastern Beadwork I

Saturday, April 11, 2015
The History Center will host a Southeastern style bead working class with Martha Berry, nationally known Beadwork artist, on Saturday, April 11. The class will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and registration is required. The cost for the class is $100 and includes all materials and lunch. Class registration pays for all materials necessary to produce a traditional Cherokee purse. Class size is limited to fifteen participants to allow one-on-one instruction. Age is limited to eighteen and above. You can find out more about Martha Berry by visiting her website www.berrybeadwork.com. For more information on the class or to register please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.  

Dutch Oven Cooking

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Join the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday, April 25, at for a hands-on, participation class for teens and adults and explore Dutch oven cooking. 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;  no open-toed shoes or sandals. For more information or to register, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Homemade Music: Cigar Box Guitars

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Be a part of Oklahoma's rich musical heritage! Musicians from Oklahoma have influenced American popular music for over 150 years, and many of them learned to play on homemade instruments like cigar box guitars and gourd banjos. Participants in this class will make their own three-string, slide guitar from cigar boxes and other materials. The instructors will then help members of the class learn to play their new instruments. The cost for the class is $75 and includes all supplies. The class is from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and is limited to fourteen people, ages 13 and up with adult supervision. For more information on the class or to register please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Beginning Southeastern Moccasin Class

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Join the Oklahoma History Center in making traditional Southeastern soft sole moccasins taught by Mary HorseChief on Saturday, May 9. The class runs from 12-4 p.m. and costs $100 per person. Lunch is included. Registration is required and limited to twenty people. For more information or to registerplease contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Southeastern Ceramic Mask Class

Saturday, May 16, 2015
The History Center will host a Ceramic Mask class with Victoria Mitchell, Cherokee potter and Cherokee National Living Treasure, on May 16, 2015. The class will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and registration is required. The cost for the class is $100.00 and includes all materials and lunch. Class size is limited to twelve participants to allow one-on-one instruction. Victoria will discuss southeastern style traditional pottery and mask making. 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. You can find out more about Victoria Mitchell by visiting  www.victoriacherokeepottery.com. Registration is required and age is limited to eighteen and above. For more information or to registerplease contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Okietales

Wednesdays, June and July 2015
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 hosts 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. Each week, participants will explore a different topic from Oklahoma's diverse history. Admission is $2 for each child and includes museum admission following the program. For more information, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.  

Juneteenth Panel Discussion

Thursday, June 18, 2015
A panel of scholars will meet to discuss issues of slavery and emancipation in the Indian Territories in honor of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the day that the last Confederate state enacted the Emancipation Proclamation, in 1865. This is celebrated as the last day of legal slavery in the United States of America. The event is free and open to the public from 7–9 p.m. For more information contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Fiber Rendezvous and Traditional Craft Day

Saturday, June 20, 2015
The Oklahoma History Center invites you and your family to come experience the art of heritage crafts and fiber rendezvous. The galleries will come to life with demonstrations and hands-on activities exploring traditional crafts such as weaving, spinning, basket weaving, and beadwork from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 20. The event is free with museum admission. For more information about the event, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Family Space Camp

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Join the Oklahoma History Center for a special space-themed camp on June 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. Families will explore the space exhibit, use hands-on space gadgets, and create their own rocket.  Registration is required and space is limited to ten families. Cost is $35 per couple and $10 for each additional person. All ages are welcome. For more information about the event or to register, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

History Pioneers Junior Curator Camp

Monday-Friday, July 6 to 10, 2015
Ever thought about a career in the museum field? Join the Oklahoma History Center in the second History Pioneers Junior Curator Camp from July 6 to 10. 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 10, at 2 p.m. Students aged eight to twelve will learn how to handle artifacts, write labels, research, make mounts, and present an exhibit. Cost for the camp is $100. Registration is required and limited to twenty students. For more information about the camp or register, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

National History Day Boot Camp

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Interested in participating in National History Day? Whether you have competed before or are new to the program, this workshop is for you. Join Oklahoma NHD staff for an introduction to NHD. Learn the 2015-2016 theme, primary sources available in the area, how to conduct research, and the different types of projects. This workshop is free for teachers on July 16, 2015 at the Oklahoma History Center from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Oklahoma NHD can help meet state social studies standards providing a framework for reading, research, interpretation, and presentation. In addition, staff will provide correlations for Oklahoma Assessment Standards for the Social Studies. Lunch is provided and space is limited to forty people. For more information about the event or to register, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

Southeastern Fingerweaving I

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Come join us at the Oklahoma History Center for a day of fun and fingerweaving. Learn the history of Southeastern American Indian people by fingerweaving your own bookmark or start a garter in the diagonal weave in the colors you choose. On Saturday, July 18, the class will learn the art of Southeastern fingerweaving from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class participants will work one on one with assistance to complete the project during the course. The cost for the class is $50 and includes all supplies, lunch, and a tour of the History Center's American Indian exhibit. The age limit for the class is twelve and above, and the class size is limited to twelve people. For more information on the class or to register please contact education@okhistory.org or (405)522-3602

Back-to-School Bash

Thursday, August 13, 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 August 13 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.

Advanced Basket Weaving Class

Saturday, August 15, 2015
Join the Oklahoma History Center and instructor Marcia Bellaweg in learning to create a Bernies Braided Bun basket. The class is on August 15, 2015, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Students, aged eighteen and above, will create a basket, explore baskets in the museum's collection, and enjoy lunch. Cost for the class is $75, and class size is limited to twelve students. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

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/content/oklahoma-city-storytelling-festival

Septemberfest

Saturday, September 5, 2015
Join the Oklahoma History Center and the Governor's Mansion for the 19th Annual Septemberfest on Saturday, September 5, 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 or to register, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

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 or to register please contact us at education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

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 or to register, please contact education@okhistory.org or (405) 522-3602.

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.   

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.