September 12, 2017
Oklahoma Historical Society to Host Roaring Twenties Gala
OKLAHOMA CITY — Join the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) for an evening of Prohibition-era fun at “A Night in the Life: The Roaring Twenties” on Friday, October 20, 7–10 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center. This fundraising event for the OHS and its flagship base of operations will be an immersive evening set in the Roaring 1920s with three themed spaces: a Prohibition-era barrelhouse featuring live blues music; a mingling area with food, bar and dance lessons; and an exclusive speakeasy featuring live jazz music and an open bar.
With a focus on historical detail and fun, the event will allow revelers to feel as if they have stepped back in time with appearances by Will Rogers, a “hold up” by Pretty Boy Floyd, protests by temperance supporters and a police raid. Guests are encouraged to dress in time period attire and will have the opportunity to add accessories to their costumes in the dress-up station. Guests will hear Harold Aldridge singing the blues at the Prohibition-era barrelhouse and Walter Taylor and Taylor Made Jazz playing jazz-era hits in the speakeasy. Dance instructors will teach 1920s favorites such as the Lindy Hop and the Charleston. Twenties décor is being generously provided by 110 Events and theatrical appearances are made possible through a partnership with Oklahoma City University.
Early bird tickets of $35 for general admission and $80 for VIP access to the speakeasy are available until September 15. Tickets will be $40 and $100 after that date. The event is for guests ages 21 and older. Please visit www.okhistory.org/gala to purchase tickets and for details about sponsorship opportunities. The Oklahoma History Center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in the Capitol Complex in Oklahoma City.
Sponsors to date for “A Night in the Life: The Roaring Twenties” include 110 Events, Oklahoma City University, and Brian Harvey’s American Youth Soccer Camps. More information about sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.okhistory.org/gala.
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.