History Off Center

History OffCenter is a series focused on immersive, engaging experiences.

With an emphasis on community outreach, this series features programs that are in-depth explorations of neighborhoods, the inner workings of the OHS, and historical eras.

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Past Events

A Night in the Life:
The Swinging Sixties

Friday, October 18, 2019 | Oklahoma History Center
The third annual OHS fundraising gala took us through the 1960s. Oklahoma City radio icon Ronnie Kaye was our DJ and emcee, and guests enjoyed live music from Jimmy Dale Richardson with the Oklahoma Showgirls, dancing, and entertainment. The Savoy Trio channeled “the Rat Pack” in a more relaxed venue. The evening included a photo booth, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks from the period, a dress-up station, vignettes, a raffle, and more! The proceeds from this event help to fund OHS exhibits, educational programming, and collections care.




Oklahoma Trivia Night at The Pump Bar

Thursday, July 18, 2019
Can you name Oklahoma’s largest county by area? Do you know the Oklahoma hometown of the man who voiced Donald Duck? Did you know that green corn is both a vegetable and a rebellion? Host John Souders quizzed Oklahomans in our second annual Oklahoma Trivia Night at The Pump Bar on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Thanks to Oklahoma's Credit Union for donating one of our prizes for the night!




A Night in the Life:
1940s Flyboys and Riveting Gals

Friday, October 19, 2018 | Oklahoma History Center
The second annual fundraising gala was a step back into the 1940s. Our USO Show featured dancing and live music, while the Officers’ Club offered a relaxed setting for mingling. Food, drinks, vignettes, a photo booth and dress-up station, and samples of SPAM completed the evening’s entertainment!




Heritage Hills Bike Tour

Saturday, September 8, 2018 | Free
History OffCenter’s second bike tour met at Overholser Mansion and explored the history of Heritage Hills with historian Dr. Bob Blackburn. The tour ended at the Overholser Mansion followed by picnics and lawn games on the mansion grounds.




Oklahoma Trivia Night at The Pump Bar

Thursday, July 26, 2018
History OffCenter and The Pump Bar put Okies’ knowledge to the test in our first Oklahoma history trivia night, hosted by John Souders.



A Night in the Life:
The Roaring Twenties

Friday, October 20, 2017 | Oklahoma History Center
The Oklahoma Historical Society’s first A Night in the Life gala was Friday, October 20, 2017. Held at the Oklahoma History Center, this fundraising event included a Prohibition-era barrelhouse; a mingling area with food, bar, and dance lessons; and an exclusive speakeasy with an open bar. Impromptu live performances and live-action vignettes took us back in time to the golden age of jazz.

Harold Aldridge sang the blues at the Prohibition-era barrelhouse, while Walter Taylor and Taylor Made Jazz played hits in the speakeasy. The evening also included an Oklahoma City University Dance Department dance hall tap performance, temperance movement protesters, Pretty Boy Floyd, a police raid, and more!




Downtown OKC Bike Tour

Saturday, June 3, 2017
This free bike tour pedaled through historic downtown Oklahoma City. The tour was led by OHS Executive Director Dr. Bob Blackburn and Chuck Wiggin, cofounder of the ’89er Trail. We started at Elemental Coffee at 10 a.m. and ended with lunch and mingling at Fassler Hall.




Film Row and 21c

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Oklahoma History Center

After drinks and mingling, OHS staff took guests on a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the Oklahoma History Center. Curators led the tour of artifact collections ranging from First Ladies’ inaugural gowns to a buffalo-hide tipi, and archivists shared the vast research archives of historic photographs, film, audio, books, and documents.




Film Row and 21c

Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 21c Museum Hotel

In February we partnered with Oklahoma City’s 21c Museum Hotel for an evening of cocktails, music, and history. The night included a performance by Graham Colton and a look at the past and future of the Film Row District with Dr. Bob Blackburn and Fred Hall.