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August 20, 2011

Paul Lambert

Emmy Scott Stidham Elected President of OHS Board of Directors

Checotah resident Emma Scott Stidham conducted her first meeting as the newly elected President of the Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors Wednesday July 27, 2011. Stidham was elected president by the Board of Directors during the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Historical Society held this spring. . Also elected to leadership positions on the board are: Dr. Bill Corbett, Vice President and Leonard Logan, Treasurer.

Stidham grew up in Edmond and Checotah and attended the University of Oklahoma. She was first elected to the Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors in 1988. She previously served as Vice President and Secretary the board. And during her tenure as a board member, has served on a number of committees within the board.

She served as a board member of Checotah MainStreet for eight years, serves as publicity chair for the Checotah Chamber of Commerce and was the chamber's Member of the Year in 1996 and 2003. She is a founding member of Friends of Honey Springs Battlefield. She is the founding president and current projects chairman of the Checotah Landmark Preservation Society and was instrumental in saving and relocating the local 1890 Katy Railroad depot and placing it, the Methodist church and downtown business district on the National Register of Historic Places. She was named the McIntosh Democrat's Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1986, McIntosh County Citizen of the Year in 1992 and received the Oklahoma Heritage Association's Distinguished Service Award for Preservation of State and Local History in 1996.

She is a member of the Oklahoma Methodism Conference Committee on Archives and History, is a delegate in P.E.O International, Past President of Checotah's Jim Lucas Library, and trustee of the Centennial Heartland Heritage Center.

Stidham has been a Life Member of the Oklahoma Historical Society since 1985.

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