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Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference

April 24–26, 2019 | Chickasha, Oklahoma

Presented by the Oklahoma Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Office


Registration and Vendors

Registration opens at noon on Wednesday, April 24, and runs throughout the conference. Registration and vendors will be located in the Student Center Ballroom Pre-Function Area. See the campus map for building and parking locations.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Sign in at the State Historic Preservation Office table in the Student Center Ballroom Pre-Function Area to receive a certificate of attendance after the conference and to obtain other important information. Retain the conference agenda and speaker list for your records. Design professionals will earn HSW hours needed to fulfill requirements of the State of Oklahoma's Board of Governors of Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers. Other professionals may find that conference sessions meet their continuing education goals.

Wednesday, April 24

Noon–4:00 p.m. Registration, Student Center Ballroom Pre-Function Area
1:30–3:00 p.m. Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors Meeting, Student Center Regents Room
3:15–4:00 p.m. Session 1, Davis Hall Amphitheatre Room 224 (Historic Preservation Session)
“Rural School Rehabilitation: From Classroom to Living Room,” by Catherine Montgomery, Preservation and Design Studio; and Elizabeth Windel, SDG Architects
4:00–4:15 p.m. Break
4:15–5:00 p.m. Session 2, Davis Hall Amphitheatre Room 224 (Historic Preservation Session)
“Verden Separate School: Permits, Fundraising, and Complete Restoration in Chickasha,” by Loretta Jackson, Loretta Y. Jackson African American Historical Society
6:00–9:00 p.m.

Opening Reception and POK Mixer, Stevens Alumni House
Sponsored by Preservation Oklahoma, Inc., this free reception and mixer will include light refreshments, drinks, and music by the Joe Settlemires Jazz Quartet.

Thursday, April 25

7:00–8:00 a.m. Eggs and Architects 2019 Meetup

You don’t have to be an architect, and you don’t have to eat eggs. Come for a morning meetup and discussion of all things design related. Enjoy the casual gathering and the smell of coffee. Breakfast will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, please contact organizer Ron Frantz at rfrantz@ou.edu.

8:00–11:45 a.m. Registration and vendors, Student Center Ballroom Pre-Function Area
9:00–9:45 a.m.

Session 3, Davis Hall Little Theatre
“Two Innovative Women in Southwest Oklahoma Who Led in the Early 20th Century,” by Glyna Olson, retired, Western Oklahoma State College

Session 4, Davis Hall Room 124
“Queen of the Buffalo Ranch: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Miss May Lillie,” by Anna Davis, Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, OHS

Session 5, Gary Hall Room 109
“Princess Tsianina: Promoting the American Indian,” by Wendi Bevitt, Buried Past Consulting, LLC

Session 6, Davis Hall Amphitheatre Room 224 (Historic Preservation Session)
“Douglass High School: Where Historic Use Meets Contemporary Living,” by Gina Sofola, Sofola and Associates, Inc.

9:45–10:00 a.m. Break
10:00–10:45 a.m.

Session 7, Davis Hall Little Theatre
“Shannon W. Lucid: Building a Peaceful Future in Space,” by Daniel Fields, librarian

Session 8, Davis Hall Room 124
“May Peebles: The Mother of Oklahoma’s Constitution,” by Erin Brown, Oklahoma Territorial Museum, OHS

Session 9, Gary Hall Room 109
“Who is Elmira Sauberan Smyrl (Scott)?,” by Sara Werneke, State Historic Preservation Office, OHS

Session 10, Davis Hall Amphitheatre Room 224 (Historic Preservation Session)
“Past, Present, and Future: A Case Study in the Rehabilitation of the Sieber Hotel, the Sunbeam, and the Villa Teresa,” by Marva Ellard, developer

10:45–11:00 a.m. Break
11:00–11:45 a.m.

Session 11, Plenary, Davis Hall Little Theatre
“A State School for Women: The 20th-Century Evolution of the Oklahoma College for Women Campus,” by John Feaver, president, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma; and Cynthia Savage, Architectural Resources and Community Heritage Consulting

Noon–1:30 p.m.

Annual Conference Luncheon, Student Center Ballroom
$30, preregistration required
The luncheon keynote speaker will be Comanche activist, author, and community leader LaDonna Harris. Harris has devoted her life to advocating for women and Native people, both in Oklahoma and in Washington, DC. For more than thirty years, she taught legislators a course called “Indian 101,” educating them on the unique role of American Indian tribes and their relationship to the government. She was the 1980 vice presidential nominee for the Citizens Party and is the founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity, which advances the rights of Indigenous peoples in the United States and around the world.

1:30–5:00 p.m. “An Afternoon in Downtown Chickasha” Historic Preservation Program
Free, preregistration required
Spend the afternoon in downtown Chickasha with the Oklahoma Main Street Center, professors from The University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture and the Institute for Quality Communities, and State Historic Preservation Office staff. Participate in discussions on building reuse, building rehabilitation, upper floor uses, and parking issues, which are all critical issues in historic downtowns.
1:45–3:00 p.m. Book Signing, Student Center Ballroom Pre-Function Area
  • Alfalfa Bill: A Life in Politics, Robert L. Dorman
  • Chickasha (Images of America), Dr. James W. Finck
  • LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 documentary, LaDonna Harris
  • 1889: The Boomer Movement, the Land Run, and Early Oklahoma City, Michael J. Hightower
  • Historic Photos of Outlaws of the Old West, Larry Johnson
  • Never Give Up! The Life of Pearl Carter Scott, Paul F. Lambert
  • Route 66 Dream Castle: Claude Calmes and Clinton’s Hotel Calmez, W. Edward Rolison
1:50–2:05 p.m. Oklahoma Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting, Student Center Ballroom
2:05–2:20 p.m. Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors Organizational Meeting, Student Center Regents Room
3:15–5:00 p.m.

Tours

Tour 1: Grady County Museum
$10 per person, preregistration required
415 West Chickasha Avenue, Chickasha
Take a stroll through the history of Grady County with Pat Cunningham of the Grady County Historical Society. This tour of the Grady County Museum will include a special exhibit about the history of USAO. Attendees will meet at the Grady County Museum for this tour.

Tour 2: Verden and Lincoln Separate Schools
$10 per person, preregistration required
Verden Separate School, 315 East Ada Sipuel Avenue, Chickasha
Lincoln Elementary School, 103 West Dakota Avenue, Chickasha
Attendees will meet at the Verden Separate School to begin this tour. The Verden Separate School was built in the early 1900s and served African American students until 1935. Loretta Jackson will speak about leading the effort to preserve the one-room schoolhouse, which was moved to Chickasha in 2004. Lincoln Elementary School Principal R. P. Ashanti-Alexander will share the history of Lincoln Elementary School, formerly a separate school.

Tour 3: Sia: The Comanche Nation Ethno-Ornithological Initiative *SOLD OUT*
This tour has sold out.
Take a bus ride to Cyril, Oklahoma, to visit Sia: The Comanche Nation Ethno-Ornithological Initiative. This unique bird sanctuary and feather repository houses several bird species, and their archives preserve precious Comanche artifacts and documents. The bus will depart from the USAO Student Center.

7:00–8:30 p.m. “Celebrating Te Ata” Program, Troutt Hall Te Ata Memorial Auditorium
$10, preregistration required
Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby and other speakers will share the story of Mary Thompson Fisher, better known as Te Ata (1895–1995). Her talent for performance was discovered during her years attending the Oklahoma College for Women (now USAO). Te Ata, meaning “Bearer of the Morning,” captivated audiences around the globe with her expressive portrayals of Native culture through storytelling, songs, and readings. This evening program will feature selections from the 2017 film Te Ata.

Friday, April 26

8:00–11:45 a.m. Registration
9:00–9:45 a.m.

Session 12, Davis Hall Little Theatre
“Working with Tribes,” by Cady S. Shaw, Cherokee Nation

Session 13, Davis Hall Room 124
“Photos and Stories of Women Who Built History in Southwestern Oklahoma,” by Stephen A. Dock, Old Greer County Museum and Hall of Fame

Session 14, Gary Hall Room 109
“Pursuing Positive Change: The Women’s Club Movement,” by Kathy Dickson, Museums and Historic Sites Division, OHS

Session 15, Davis Hall Amphitheatre Room 224 (Historic Preservation Session)
“First Time Tax Credit Projects: Learn from Our Experiences,” by Anita Bryant, Tulsa developer; and Margaret Hess, Okmulgee developer

9:45–10:00 a.m. Break
10:00–10:45 a.m.

Session 16, Davis Hall Little Theatre
“Oklahoma Native Women Painters Prior to 1945,” by America Meredith, writer and historian

Session 17, Davis Hall Room 124
“Oklahoma Women Contributing to the Collective,” by Tanya Finchum, Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, Oklahoma State University; and Juliana Nykolaiszyn, Digital Resources and Discovery Services, Oklahoma State University

Session 18, Gary Hall Room 109
“Jessie Dearing Kinley of Little Nick Oil: The Story of a 1930s Western Oklahoma School Girl to Oil Patch ‘Lady Boss,’” by Pat Cunningham, Grady County Historical Society

Session 19, Davis Hall Amphitheatre Room 224 (Historic Preservation Session)
“Downtown Chickasha Study: Chickasha Inspiration Project,” by Ron Frantz and students from the University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture

10:45–11:00 a.m. Break
11:00–11:45 a.m. Session 20, Plenary, Davis Hall Little Theatre
“More Than Just a Pretty Space: Interior Design and Historic Preservation,” by Valerie Settles, director, University of Central Oklahoma Interior Design Program
Noon–1:30 p.m. Annual Awards Luncheon, Student Center Ballroom
$35, preregistration required
Join us as the Oklahoma Historical Society, the State Historic Preservation Office, and Preservation Oklahoma, Inc., honor those who have made contributions to history and preservation across the state. National Register of Historic Places certificates and annual history awards will be presented, and four individuals will be inducted into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame. Karen Keith, Tulsa County commissioner and former KJRH news anchor, reporter, and producer, will emcee the event.