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November 9, 2022

Contact: Calista Stephens
Fort Towson Historic Site, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-236-0537

Fort Towson Historic Site Adds Historical Interpreter for First Time in 15 Years

FORT TOWSON, Okla. — Educators and the public have a new resource at the Fort Towson Historic Site. For the first time in 15 years, the site has a historical interpreter on staff.

David C. Reed is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma. Reed grew up visiting historical sites, museums and events in Oklahoma and across the country with his family. He was interested in living history from an early age after observing people in period clothing at historic sites. Reed has researched and created programs covering the 1830s and 1840s United States military, American Civil War and the American West.

Reed will be building educational resources and outreach programs, researching and planning living history and reenactment events as well as developing on-site resources at Fort Towson Historic Site including a research library. “We are very excited to have this military historian on our team,” said Calista Stephens, site director at Fort Towson Historic Site. “We are looking forward to building on the foundation left for us by previous directors William Vandiver and John Davis and are privileged to have the responsibility of sharing this unique part of Oklahoma history.”

Reed received a bachelor’s degree in history and communications from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2008. He received a master’s degree in public history from Oklahoma State University in 2013. Reed previously worked at Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma State University and Museum of the Red River.

Fort Towson Historic Site 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 okhistory.org.


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