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Oklahoma Historical Society Awards Banquet

March 23, 2023

The 2023 Oklahoma Historical Society Awards Banquet was held Thursday, March 23, 2023, at the Oklahoma History Center. OETA Vice President of Production Susan Cadot was our emcee, and the event featured music by The Savoy Trio and catering by Rococo.

Individual tickets are $100 and include one ticket to the reception and banquet. Sponsor tables include eight reception tickets, a banquet table for eight, and the sponsor’s name listed on the printed program and OHS website. Donation levels are Silver $1,000; Gold $2,500; and Platinum $5,000. Ticket sales have now closed.

Proceeds from this event will go toward the George Nigh Internship Endowment Fund. This endowment supports the Oklahoma Historical Society internship program, preparing the next generation of museum professionals.

Thank You to Our Supporters and Sponsors

Ken Fergeson

Jack Baker
Ann Felton Gilliland
Dee Jerome
George Krumme
Duke and Linda Ligon
Jim and Cathy Waldo


Awards and Honors

Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame Inductees
George and Donna Nigh
William D. Welge

Guardians of History Honorees
Representative Ty Burns
Senator Roger Thompson

E. E. Dale Award
Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe, David Maraniss (Simon and Schuster, 2022)

Linda Williams Reese Award
“Gathering Around a New Fire: The Bemo Family, Interracial Marriage, Race, and Power in the Mvskoke Nation, 1870–1897,” Dr. Michelle M. Martin, University of New Mexico

Bruce T. Fisher Award
Fort Washita Rediscovery Project, Southeastern Oklahoma State University Social Science Department and Center for Instructional Design and Technology

William D. Pennington Award
Josh Hardie

Joseph B. Thoburn Award
Raven Owens

Muriel H. Wright Award
“Native American Culture and Myths Enshrined in The Daughter of Dawn,” Rachel Rosenfeld

Honorable Mentions
“Settler Colonialism and Oklahoma History,” John Truden, Summer 2022
“Dick T. Morgan, Republican from Oklahoma: The Congressional Years, 1908–1920,” Robert L. Dorman, Fall 2022

National Register of Historic Places Designations
Alva Swimming Pool and Bathhouse, Alva
Clem and Cliff Filling Station, Ponca City
Greenwood Historic District, Tulsa
Nine Tribes Tower, Miami
Ponca City Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Ponca City
Seminole High School, Seminole
St. Ann’s Home for the Aged, Oklahoma City
WBBZ Radio Station, Ponca City
William L. Bradford Building, Oklahoma City