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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A Night in the Life: The Swinging Sixties

Friday, October 18, 2019 | Oklahoma History Center
Join the Oklahoma Historical Society for an immersive evening in the 1960s on Friday, October 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. Held at the Oklahoma History Center, this third annual fundraising gala will entertain guests with Oklahoma City radio icon Ronnie Kaye as our DJ and emcee, live music from Jimmy Dale Richardson with the Oklahoma Showgirls, dancing, and entertainment. The Savoy Trio will entertain guests as they channel the “Rat Pack” in a more relaxed venue. The photo booth will be back, allowing guests to insert themselves in some of history’s most memorable moments. The evening will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks from the period, a dress-up station, vignettes, a raffle, and more! See our FAQ for details.

A Night in the Life is an annual fundraising event for the Oklahoma Historical Society. The proceeds from this event will help to fund OHS exhibits, educational programming, and collections care.

Tickets

Hullabaloo $75
($65 for OHS Members)

This is our individual ticket, which includes all the evening’s entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar of beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. This event is for ages 21 and over.

Tables are SOLD OUT!

Strawberry Fields $500
One reserved table for five + five raffle tickets

Mellow Yellow $1,000
One reserved table for eight with bubbly + eight raffle tickets + sponsor recognition on website and gala program

Flower Power $2,500
One reserved table for eight with bubbly + eight raffle tickets + signature drink named in your honor + sponsor recognition on website, gala program, and  advertising

Plastic Fantastic $5,000
One reserved table for eight with bubbly + four general admission tickets + prominent logo or name recognition on buffet + sponsor recognition on website, gala program, and advertising + recognition on the Annual Donor Board at the Oklahoma History Center

Sock It To Me! $10,000
One reserved table for eight with bubbly + four general admission tickets + verbal acknowledgment during gala entertainment + sponsor recognition on website, gala program, and advertising + recognition on the Annual Donor Board at the Oklahoma History Center




Raffle Sponsors
Billie Fogarty
Sherry Beasley
Mariposa Aesthetics and Laser Center
YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City
Ancestry.com
Dillard’s Penn Square
Oh Be Joyful Orthotics
Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
Bobby Brunk of Senses Salon
Full Circle Obedience–Sydney Head
OKC Energy FC
Sam Noble Museum
Science Museum Oklahoma
405 Brewing Co.
Cabin Boys Brewery
Elk Valley Brewery
Iron Monk Brewing Company
Vanessa House Beer Company
Coal Creek Vineyard and Winery
Michael Dean

Event Sponsors

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Dr. Lee and Sherry Beasley

Sias and Pippin Family Fund

Love's Country Stores

Oklahoma Gazette

Coop Aleworks

History Off Center

Okie Mod Squad

J. Thompson Jeweler's

Bad Granny’s Bazaar




FAQ

What is included in my ticket?
The $75 entry fee ($65 for OHS members) includes access to the dance party with DJ and emcee Ronnie Kaye, live music from Jimmy Dale Richardson with the Oklahoma Showgirls, and entry to the relaxing Continental Club featuring The Savoy Trio. Your ticket also includes access to an open bar of wine, beer, and specialty cocktails, and you can visit the green screen photo booth, dress-up station, and more!

What should I wear?
We encourage you to dress up in 1960s-themed clothing, but it is certainly not required! Fashion of the 1960s had something for everyone, so pull out your bell-bottoms, fringed vests, headbands, and love beads, or show your mod style with a mini dress and go-go boots. Don’t forget about tie-dye, granny glasses, and paisley! Bad Granny’s Bazaar has a groovy selection of vintage clothes, jewelry, and accessories to complete your look. Visit Bad Granny’s Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. at 1759 NW 16th Street in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District. 

Visit our Pinterest board dedicated to the event for fashion inspiration and historic images.

Do I need to bring cash?
Short answer—probably. The Oklahoma History Center does not have an ATM, and there will be a raffle during the event. We have put together some great prizes and guests can buy raffle tickets throughout the evening—you won't want to miss it!

It sounds like you have a lot of amazingly fun stuff going on, how can I make sure I don’t miss something?
Don’t worry, we will have a schedule of events so no one misses out!




Past Events

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.