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OHS Board of Directors

Kenneth Sivard

Elected
State At-Large, Idabel
Term expiring 2023

A sixth-generation McCurtain County native, Kenny Sivard joined the McCurtain County Historical Society at age fifteen, was elected to the society’s board of directors at age seventeen, and was elected president of the organization in 2009. He received the society’s Distinguished Service Award in 2007. Working with the society, he has created education programs, including a Choctaw Heritage Festival. He assisted Dr. Lewis Stiles in marking the Choctaw Trail of Tears route across McCurtain County. He also worked with the Research Division of the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) to arrange for the donation of seven thousand historical photographs. He is the coauthor of the book Images of McCurtain County, and he has written more than twenty-five articles on historical topics for the McCurtain Gazette and Oklahoma Edge magazine. Sivard is active in preservation and restoration efforts in downtown Idabel and on behalf of the Barnes-Stevenson House in Idabel and Howell, Harris Mill and Waterhole Cemeteries. He worked for the OHS at Fort Towson Historic Site and Honey Springs Battlefield and is finance manager for the James Hodge Auto Group.