2021 Oklahoma History Conference
“Perspectives in History”
Thursday, April 22, and Friday, April 23, 2021
The 2021 Oklahoma History Conference is going virtual! Join us April 22–23 as scholars, students, historians, and authors from across the state and country share the history and culture of Oklahoma. This year’s lineup will include eleven live sessions, two programs, and eleven on-demand sessions. The entire conference will be online, including a special tribute to the late Steve Ripley from the Red Dirt Rangers and the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony. We are proud to announce the conference keynote speaker will be celebrated poet, author, and musician Joy Harjo.
Everything is Online
We invite you to join us online! All sessions and programs will be virtual and there are no in-person events at this year’s conference.
The 2021 theme is “Perspectives in History.” This theme was designed to encourage presentations sharing the story of underrepresented groups, lesser-known topics, and new points of view.
This year we have expanded conference offerings to include professional development sessions. These presentations will be of particular interest to museum and archive professionals, historical and genealogical societies, students, and educators. Look for this symbol indicating professional development sessions.
We are pleased to announce that the 2021 conference is free to the public, but preregistration is required.
Conference Schedule At-A-Glance
To learn more about the sessions and speakers, please see the session descriptions page.
Live Sessions and Programs
Sessions and programs are listed in central time.
Thursday, April 22
Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) Executive Director Trait Thompson
|10–10:50 a.m.|| “Endurance Strategies: Indigenous People in Central Oklahoma During the ‘Orgy of Exploitation’”
John Truden, history doctoral graduate student, University of Oklahoma
|11–11:50 a.m.||“The Tulsa Council of Defense v. Andrew J. Smitherman”
Randy Hopkins, attorney (retired)
|Noon–12:50 p.m.||Keynote Speaker Joy Harjo
Poet, author, and musician Joy Harjo is the US Poet Laureate. A Muscogee (Creek) citizen, she is the first American Indian to hold the title and the second person to serve three terms.
|1–1:50 p.m.||“Project VOICE: Visions of Inclusion, Culture, and Empathy”
Savanna Payne and Jamie Hinds Blank, English language learner instructional facilitators, Oklahoma City Public Schools
|2–2:50 p.m.||“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
“Developing a Strategic Plan for Your Historical Organization”
|7 p.m.||Red Dirt Rangers Musical Tribute to Steve Ripley
Friday, April 23
|9–9:50 a.m.||“The Misremembered ‘Uncle’ Wallace and ‘Aunt’ Minerva: Establishing Father-Daughter Kinship”
Shelby Ward, attorney and genealogist
“Historical Considerations in the Creek Nation Reservation Cases”
“The Ghosts of Creek County: Revisiting Oil and Indigenous Sovereignty”
“A Conversation with Hannibal B. Johnson: The Tulsa Race Massacre and Greenwood Rising”
|1 p.m.||Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony|
Live sessions will be available at a specific time, and the virtual audience will have the opportunity to ask the speaker questions via the online chat.
The musical tribute to Steve Ripley and Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony are prerecorded programs, which will be available to watch at the time listed.
“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 Matthews, 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”
Tatianna Duncan, founder of The Lucinda Hickory Research Institute, with Annette Arkeketa, Russell Cobb, J. D. Colbert, Deanalisa Jones, and Gano Perez Jr.
“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
On-demand sessions will be available online beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 22.
Conference attendees can watch these sessions at their convenience. Videos will be available throughout the entire conference.
Thank You to Our Supporters
Ann & Burns Hargis
Judge Ralph &
James R. Waldo
Dr. Deena K. Fisher
This program is sponsored in part by Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.