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March 9, 2020

Contact: Renee Trindle
Sod House Museum, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-463-2441

Professor Jana Brown to Present Program on the Genealogy of Marshal McCully

ALINE, Okla. — The Sod House Museum continues celebrating the 125th anniversary of the building of the Sod House on Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m., with a program focusing on its builder, Marshal McCully. Professor Jana Brown of Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) will present McCully’s family history, tracing his genealogy back to the pre-Revolutionary War era.

Brown has worked with the Sod House Museum for several years as a volunteer. In the summer of 2019 she began researching the family history of Marshal McCully. The migration of the McCully family is similar to many other families who immigrated to America seeking freedom and prosperity. Marshal’s ancestors were pioneers on the frontier and also participated in wars that shaped our nation. McCully’s family first settled in early-day Virginia, then migrated to the western frontier as new states were formed. Records indicate that the family resettled in Kentucky, Missouri and Kansas before Marshal participated in the Cherokee Outlet Land Run. 

Brown teaches history at NWOSU in Alva. She is currently completing her doctorate at Oklahoma State University, with concentrations in American history and public history. Brown’s research includes African Americans in western Oklahoma, pre-statehood cattle ranches and other local history. In addition to teaching classes about United States and world history, she also teaches Oklahoma history and public history courses. 

The Sod House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located southeast of Aline on State Highway 8. For more information, contact Director Renee Trindle at 580-463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org.

The Sod House Museum is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. 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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