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September 29, 2016

Contact: Larry O’Dell
Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-6676

Call for Papers and Presentations for 2017 Oklahoma History Conference

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society is seeking papers and presentations for the 2017 Annual Oklahoma History Conference, which will be held April 26, 27 and 28, 2017, at the Hard Rock Hotel in Catoosa, Okla. A total of 14 presentation sessions will take place on Thursday morning, April 27, and Friday morning, April 28.

The theme for the conference is “Tall Tales and Blue Whales: The Cultural Influence of Northeastern Oklahoma.” Museums and landmarks in northeastern Oklahoma celebrate three of the state’s icons: Will Rogers at the Will Rogers Memorial Museums, Bob Wills at Cain’s Ballroom and Woody Guthrie at the Woody Guthrie Center. The area’s legendary Route 66 destinations include Catoosa’s Blue Whale and Foyil’s Totem Pole Park. Topics related to the theme include the contributions of people, places and ideas that have roots in this region. Examples of subjects include the pre-historic mound builders and their influential trade routes and the impact in the twentieth century of Tulsa’s International Petroleum Exposition on the world’s oil industry.

Presentation sessions will be 45 minutes in length and will feature one presentation not to exceed 30 minutes. This will allow 15 minutes for an introduction and questions. Individuals interested in making a presentation should prepare a one-page proposal including the title of the proposed presentation; a 100-word description of the presentation; the name, address, phone number, and email address of the presenter; and a short vita or biographical sketch. Those who submit proposals will be notified of their status by early February 2017 if not sooner. Registration fees for presenters will be waived.

Presentation proposals are being accepted now. The deadline for submitting proposals is Saturday, December 31, 2016. Please send presentation proposals to Annual Conference Committee, Attn: Larry O’Dell, Oklahoma Historical Society, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. Proposals also may be emailed to Larry O’Dell at lodell@okhistory.org

The Oklahoma Historical Society is in the process of developing the OKPOP Museum in Tulsa. This new museum will celebrate the state’s contributions to popular culture. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.  

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