November 9, 2022
Contact: Steve Hawkins
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Documentary Highlighting Work of Choctaw Code Talkers to be Shown at Oklahoma History Center
OKLAHOMA CITY — In honor of Native American Heritage Month and Veterans Day, the Oklahoma History Center (OHC) will present clips from an updated documentary showing the work of the Choctaw Code Talkers on Saturday, November 12.
This event will highlight the use of the Choctaw language as a powerful tool during World War I. In 1918, 19 Choctaw soldiers used their native language to transmit messages and prevent German forces from understanding their communications. Their inventiveness and courage set a precedent for code talking as an effective military weapon. They are considered America’s original code talkers.
Clips from the film will be shown from 1–3 p.m. in the Chesapeake Event Center and Gallery on the first floor of the OHC, followed by a discussion. The screening is included with paid admission. Members of the OHS receive free admission. For more information call 405-522-0765.
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.