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January 16, 2019

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

Presentation on the History of Fort Supply at the Sod House Museum

ALINE, Okla. — Historian Bob Rea will give a presentation about the history of Fort Supply and its role in the development of northwest Oklahoma at the Sod House Museum on Saturday, February 16, at 10 a.m. Rea will cover the span from 1868 to 1894, when Fort Supply was involved in two major Indian Wars campaigns, kept the peace in the Cherokee Outlet and policed the opening of the area to white settlement. 

Bob Rea obtained his bachelor of arts in history and art from Central State University (now University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond and worked part time at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame (now the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum) while he was an undergraduate. He earned his master’s degree in education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 2004. Rea served as the historical facility manager for Fort Supply Historic Site for the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) from December 1991 until his retirement in 2014. During that time, he also became the supervisor of several other OHS historic sites.

During Rea’s tenure with the OHS, he participated in numerous archaeology projects emphasizing historic and battlefield archaeology. He has written articles for scholarly publications such as the The Chronicles of Oklahoma, Panhandle-Plains Historical Review and The Journal of the Indian Wars. He also had five articles included in The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture relating to military history in Indian Territory.

The Sod House Museum is located southeast of Aline on State Highway 8. It is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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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