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2021 Oklahoma History Conference
“Perspectives in History”

Thursday, April 22, and Friday, April 23, 2021
Presented by the Oklahoma Historical Society, this virtual conference included 11 live sessions, 11 on-demand sessions, and two programs.

Thank you to our panelists, attendees, and supporters!
Recordings of the live presentations and Q&A session (with the exception of the keynote) are now online. On-demand sessions will remain online after the conference. Professional development sessions are indicated by this symbol .

Notice for Young or Sensitive Viewers
Presentations include historical accounts, quotes, and excerpts, which may include offensive language, negative stereotypes, and descriptions of traumatic events. Materials are presented uncensored and unaltered to reflect the historical record, and some content may be disturbing to viewers. These do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of the Oklahoma Historical Society.



Recordings of Live Sessions with Q&A

Recordings of the live presentations and Q&A session (with the exception of the keynote) are now available.

“A Conversation with Hannibal B. Johnson: The Tulsa Race Massacre and Greenwood Rising”
Hannibal B. Johnson, esquire, chair of the Education Committee for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and local curator of Greenwood Rising; Larry O’Dell is the director of development and special projects, OHS

“Developing a Strategic Plan for Your Historical Organization”
Kathy Dickson, director of Museums and Historic Sites Division, OHS

“Endurance Strategies: Indigenous People in Central Oklahoma During the ‘Orgy of Exploitation’”
John Truden, history doctoral graduate student, University of Oklahoma

“The Ghosts of Creek County: Revisiting Oil and Indigenous Sovereignty”
Russell Cobb, author and associate professor, University of Alberta

“Good, Better, and Best Practices for Collections Care”
OHS staff Jeff Briley, deputy director of the Oklahoma History Center; Mallory Covington, CA, archival collections manager; Jennifer Holt, curator at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum; and Karen Whitecotton, director of collections for OKPOP.
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“Historical Considerations in the Creek Nation Reservation Cases”
Susan Work, attorney and author
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“The Misremembered ‘Uncle’ Wallace and ‘Aunt’ Minerva: Establishing Father-Daughter Kinship”
Shelby Ward, attorney and genealogist

“Project VOICE: Visions of Inclusion, Culture, and Empathy”
Savanna Payne and Jamie Hinds Blank, English language learner instructional facilitators, Oklahoma City Public Schools

“The Tulsa Council of Defense v. Andrew J. Smitherman”
Randy Hopkins, attorney (retired)



Special Programs

Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony

Red Dirt Rangers Musical Tribute to Steve Ripley



On-Demand Sessions

“Acquisitions as Activism: Preserving and Celebrating Creative and Cultural Legacies Through Collection Development”
Todd Fuller, curator, Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma

“A Disgraceful Blot: Oklahoma Territory and the Victorian Divorce Crisis”
Jennifer Lynch, instructor, University of Central Oklahoma

“Finding Isaac Rogers”
Nicka Sewell-Smith, genealogist

“Fluid Resistance: A Queer Analysis of Art and Politics in Oklahoma”
B Hinesley and Arlowe Clementine, public history graduate students; Macy Jennings and Jacie Earwood, art history graduate students; and moderator Dr. Laura Arata, assistant professor, history department; all of Oklahoma State University

“The Legend of Cora Youngblood: Oklahoma’s Forgotten Prodigy”
James P. Gregory Jr., doctoral graduate student, University of Oklahoma

“A Mexican Oklahoman History”
Jorge Luis Chavez, public history graduate student, Oklahoma State University, and assistant curator of education, Oklahoma History Center, OHS

“Telling the Stories of Creek Allottees of Tvlse”
The Lucinda Hickory Research Institute

“Uncovering Oral History Perspectives in Oklahoma”
Karen Neurohr, professor, Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, Oklahoma State University; and Mallory Covington, CA, archival collections manager, OHS

“Washita Love Child: The Life and Times of Jesse Ed Davis”
Douglas K. Miller, author and assistant professor, history department, Oklahoma State University

“William Faulkner Was Right: Why How We Talk About History Matters”
Dr. Amber J. Godwin, assistant clinical professor, Sam Houston State University

“Women of Washita”
Kate Roesch, education ranger, Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

Oklahoma History Conference Session Descriptions
Terms and Code of Conduct


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