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February 28, 2014

Contact: Paul Lambert
Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-5217

2014 Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame Honorees Announced

Patti Loughlin, chair of 2014 Oklahoma History Conference Committee, has announced the selection of four individuals to be the 2014 inductees into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame. The honorees are Kenny Brown, Edmond; Loretta Y. Jackson, Chickasha; Linda W. Reese, Norman; and Mary Jane Warde, Stillwater.

The induction ceremony will take place during the Oklahoma Historical Society's Annual Awards Luncheon on April 25. The luncheon is one of the various programs and events that will take place during the three-day Crossroads of Commerce: The 2014 Oklahoma History Conference event in Stillwater at the Stillwater Community Center.

A McAlester native, Brown is a professor of history at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has taught Oklahoma history for 34 years and has authored "The Italians in Oklahoma," ten articles in scholarly publications, two booklets and eight portions of edited works or encyclopedia articles. He has received a variety of professional awards and has served on the boards of directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma Humanities Council, Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board and Harn Gardens and Homestead Museum.

A native of Chickasha and graduate of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Jackson has worked diligently to preserve the history of African Americans in Chickasha and Grady County. She has written two books pertaining to her city and county and served as executive producer of three television documentaries titled "Courage: The Ada Lois Sipuel Story"; "The Color of Hope"; and "A City Within a City." She discovered the abandoned Verden Separate School and led the successful effort to restore it. She also is the founder of the Loretta Y. Jackson-African American Historical Society.

A native of Norman, Reese retired as an associate professor of history at East Central University, Ada, in 2010. She earned her PhD. degree in history from the University of Oklahoma in 1991. She has authored "Women of Oklahoma, 1890-1920," "Trail Sisters," "Freedwomen in Indian Territory 1850-1890," and co-edited "Main Street Oklahoma: Stories of Twentieth-Century America." She also has written numerous articles for scholarly journals, as well as encyclopedia and website entries and book reviews.

Warde earned a PhD degree in history at Oklahoma State University in 1991. She was Indian Historian/Indian Archivist at the Oklahoma Historical Society for eight years. Her work at OHS included nearly 80 oral histories, mostly from Indian people, and helping design the Indian gallery at the Oklahoma History Center. She has taught at five universities. She has written nominations for 22 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a successful National Historic Landmark nomination for Honey Springs Battlefield. Her third book, "When the Wolf Came: The Civil War in Indian Territory," was published in 2013.

For additional information about Crossroads of Commerce: The 2014 Oklahoma History Conference or about the Annual Awards Luncheon, contact Paul Lambert, annual conference coordinator, at plambert@okhistory.org or 405-522-5217.

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