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August 19, 2019

Contact: Steve Hawkins
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-0754

Oklahoma History Center to Host Book Signing Featuring Authors Michael Dean and Deanna Tidwell Broughton

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma History Center will host a book signing on Saturday, August 24, from 2–4 p.m. featuring two Oklahoma authors: Michael Dean and Deanna Tidwell Broughton. The event will take place in the foyer of the Oklahoma History Center near the Museum Store. Dean will be signing his book “Oklahoma City Radio,” which traces the history of commercial radio in Oklahoma City from its inception in 1920 to the present day. Broughton will be on hand to sign her first full-length reference book, “Hide, Wood and Willow: Cradles of the Great Plains Indians,” which describes baby carriers of the Lakota, Cheyenne, Arapaho and many other Great Plains cultures. Both publications will be on sale in the Museum Store.

Michael Dean began working in radio at KBEL in Idabel while in high school, and has worked in radio, either full time or part time, ever since. For a time, Dean worked for the Oklahoma Historical Society and spent a great deal of energy researching various radio and television stations in Oklahoma, particularly WKY and KOMA. He contributed his research to the collections at the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Deanna Tidwell Broughton, a retired schoolteacher and principal who is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, has used her interest in her heritage to learn about and craft miniature Native baby cradles. Broughton’s book reveals the wide variety of cradles used by 32 Plains tribes, including communities often ignored or overlooked such as the Wichita, Lipan Apache, Tonkawa and Plains Métis.

The Oklahoma History Center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. For additional information, please call 405-522-0765 or visit www.okhistory.org.

The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. 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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