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May 9, 2022

Contact: Chantry Banks
Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.
Office: 405-525-5325

Overholser Mansion to Host “History and Hops: Masonic Temples in Oklahoma” on May 27

OKLAHOMA CITY — On Friday, May 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. will host “Masonic Temples in Oklahoma,” the next presentation in its History and Hops series. T.S. Akers, a historian of Freemasonry in Oklahoma, will discuss the state’s Masonic history and architecture in the Carriage House of the Henry and Anna Overholser Mansion, located at 405 NW 15th St. in Oklahoma City.

T. S. Akers is a resident of Oklahoma City who graduated from Eufaula High School in 2003. He is also a citizen of the Muscogee Nation and curator of collections for the McAlester Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He earned his bachelor of arts in American history in 2007 and his master of arts in museum studies in 2015, both from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the First Families of the Twin Territories and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society. He is the author of the books “Knights on the Prairie: A History of Templary in Oklahoma,” “Masonic Generals of the Oklahoma National Guard, 1894–1965” and numerous articles on the history of Freemasonry in Oklahoma.

The History and Hops series is a fun way to learn about the historic buildings and architecture of Oklahoma while sipping a local brew. Beer, water and light snacks will be provided.

This program is free for Preservation Oklahoma members and is only $5 for nonmembers. Members and nonmembers can secure tickets online at www.preservationok.org/shop.

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. is the state’s only private, nonprofit membership organization that is dedicated to promoting, supporting and coordinating historic preservation activities throughout the state. To learn more about Preservation Oklahoma, please visit www.preservationok.org.

The Henry and Anna Overholser Mansion is an affiliate 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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