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October 2020

“Discovering the Unit Orchestra” Kilgen Organ performance featuring Brett Valliant

October 26, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center is pleased to announce a performance in the Kilgen Organ series featuring organist Brett Valliant. The theme will be “Discovering the Unit Orchestra.” This performance will be Monday, October 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $20 for nonmembers, and may be reserved by calling 405-522-0765. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors meeting

October 28, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors meetings are held in January, April, July, and October on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

October 29, 5 p.m.7 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

Visit the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry each month for Blacksmithing Demonstrations in the blacksmith shop. The demonstrations will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy watching the craftsmen work and will have an opportunity for hands-on experiences. This educational event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated. For more information please call 580-336-2405.

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Scary Tales

October 29, 7 p.m.
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Fridays and Saturdays in October beginning on October 15.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (POK) is excited to host Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion on October 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 29 and 30. Tours begin each evening promptly at 7 p.m. and are not come-and-go. We will begin in the Carriage House, and once a tour has begun there will not be a way to join in. If you are running late, please give us a call at 405-525-5325. Visitors will hear spooky stories…

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Wanted: Dead or Alive exhibit closes

October 30
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Friday, August 28, Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher will open its newest exhibit, Wanted: Dead or Alive. This photography exhibit is comprised of images of some of Oklahoma’s most infamous criminals and will be on display until October 30, 2020. Images in the exhibit are from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the University of Oklahoma Western History Collections, the National Archives, the vast photographic archives of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and private lenders. The 38 black-and-white images on display consist…

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Pawnee Bill Ghost Stories (now virtual)

October 30
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until October 31, 2020

Please note: The in-person tours have been canceled, and Pawnee Bill Ghost Stories is now a virtual event. More information will be posted as it becomes available. This event features spine-tingling, ghostly tales about Oklahoma, local legends, and the Pawnee Bill Ranch. To find out more about the ghost stories or other programs, please call 918-762-2513 or email pawneebill@okhistory.org.

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Scary Tales

October 30, 7 p.m.
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Fridays and Saturdays in October beginning on October 15.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (POK) is excited to host Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion on October 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 29 and 30. Tours begin each evening promptly at 7 p.m. and are not come-and-go. We will begin in the Carriage House, and once a tour has begun there will not be a way to join in. If you are running late, please give us a call at 405-525-5325. Visitors will hear spooky stories…

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Annual Quilt Show closes

October 31
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, 1141 Pawnee Bill Road Pawnee, OK 74058

Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum will host its Annual Quilt Show during the entire month of October, featuring heirloom and modern quilts from across the state. Cimarron Valley Quilt Guild and Pawnee Bill Quilt Guild members are instrumental in putting together this yearly event. There is no charge to view the quilt show, which is available to visitors during regular hours of operation. Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and…

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Pawnee Bill Ghost Stories (now virtual)

October 31
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until October 31, 2020

Please note: The in-person tours have been canceled, and Pawnee Bill Ghost Stories is now a virtual event. More information will be posted as it becomes available. This event features spine-tingling, ghostly tales about Oklahoma, local legends, and the Pawnee Bill Ranch. To find out more about the ghost stories or other programs, please call 918-762-2513 or email pawneebill@okhistory.org.

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“Cemetery Symbols: Carved in Stone” program (virtual)

October 31, 1 p.m.3 p.m.

Join the Oklahoma History Center as we explore the meaning behind historic gravestones in a virtual program on Saturday, October 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. Gravestones and cemeteries are rich in a language of symbols. Symbols can be difficult to interpret because their meaning changes over time. By examining the grave markers, one can learn more than just the person’s name. This virtual class will provide the skills necessary to investigate the past through tombstones. The cost is $5…

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Museum After Dark: All Hallows’ Eve

October 31, 5 p.m.9 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Explore the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center and the Humphrey Heritage Village, just you and your date, during Museum After Dark: All Hallows’ Eve on Saturday, October 31! Inside the museum, you will find one-on-one activities, conversation starters, and fun activities with a Halloween theme. Then take a stroll through the village after dark to see our history in a whole new light! This is a great, social distancing–friendly experience. Museum After Dark is a come and go event, starting…

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Halloween Night at the Museum

October 31, 6 p.m.8 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum will host Halloween Night at the Museum on Saturday, October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. This event combines trick-or-treating with an opportunity for children and their parents and grandparents to visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Area businesses and individuals will share treats at locations outside on the spacious museum grounds. Halloween Night at the Museum is free and open to all ages. This event has attracted hundreds of costumed characters into the museum…

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November 2020

“Voting During a Pandemic,” Pandemic Perspectives: Stories Through Collections (virtual)

As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Oklahoma History Center will offer a virtual portal to the program “Voting During a Pandemic,” on Tuesday, November 3, at 3 p.m. This event is free, but preregistration is required. The program is part of a new, engaging series of online talks from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The program will use the virtual platform to present historical objects in the national collections to lend perspective on the current pandemic. By virtually sharing…

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Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival

November 4
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 7, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch will celebrate the 141st birthday of Oklahoma’s Favorite Son with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival Wednesday, November 4, through Saturday, November 7. Many activities are planned to honor the memory of Will Rogers, Cherokee cowboy philosopher, and movie actor. A complete schedule will be posted at www.dogirons.com/program.

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Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival

November 5
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 7, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch will celebrate the 141st birthday of Oklahoma’s Favorite Son with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival Wednesday, November 4, through Saturday, November 7. Many activities are planned to honor the memory of Will Rogers, Cherokee cowboy philosopher, and movie actor. A complete schedule will be posted at www.dogirons.com/program.

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“Contested Notions of Equality,” This Land is Herland series presentation (virtual)

The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center are pleased to present This Land is Herland, a series of programs on women’s activism in Oklahoma sponsored by Oklahoma Humanities. The third program, “Contested Notions of Equality,” will be held Thursday, November 5 at 7 p.m. The event will be conducted virtually and will include presentations by three scholars. Following the presentations, the scholars will be available to answer questions from the online audience. This online program will…

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Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival

November 6
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 7, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch will celebrate the 141st birthday of Oklahoma’s Favorite Son with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival Wednesday, November 4, through Saturday, November 7. Many activities are planned to honor the memory of Will Rogers, Cherokee cowboy philosopher, and movie actor. A complete schedule will be posted at www.dogirons.com/program.

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Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival

November 7
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 7, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch will celebrate the 141st birthday of Oklahoma’s Favorite Son with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival Wednesday, November 4, through Saturday, November 7. Many activities are planned to honor the memory of Will Rogers, Cherokee cowboy philosopher, and movie actor. A complete schedule will be posted at www.dogirons.com/program.

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“Veteran Surgeon’s View of the Civil War” presentation

November 7, 10:30 a.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

On Saturday, November 7, at 10:30 a.m., Honey Springs Battlefield will host "Veteran Surgeon's View of the Civil War," a special presentation about Civil War surgery and medicine by Dr. David Harris. Harris will be dressed in Civil War-period attire while discussing medical practices used during the war and the realities surgeons faced. His presentation will include medical artifacts and items from the era. Harris has hosted multiple programs at many Civil War sites, including Vicksburg National Military Park. This…

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History Alive! Living History Experience

November 7, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
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First and third Saturday of the month
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

November 14, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
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An event every month that begins at 9 a.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until June 12, 2021

Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

Visit the Sod House Museum southeast of Aline for a quilting workshop on Saturday. The workshop will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. with instructor Martha Ray, and the cost is $5 per person. For more information, please contact Director Renee Trindle at 580-463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org.

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Basket Weaving class

November 14, 10:30 a.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center will offer a class on basket weaving by instructor Janet Newman on Saturday, November 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This very useful “Wintergreen Stripes” basket can be made by a beginning or advanced weaver. The technique used is a simple over/under weaving and twining method, finishing with a wrapped handle. Color choices will be kelly green and evening blue. The cost is $55 for OHS members and $65 for nonmembers. Registration for this class…

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“The Gateway to Oklahoma History” Second Saturday Demo

November 14, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

On Saturday, November 14, from 1 to 3 p.m., Fort Towson Historic Site will host Chad Williams, the director of the Research Division for the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS), who will present a program entitled “The Gateway to Oklahoma History” for the November installment of the Second Saturday Demo series. The Gateway to Oklahoma History is a free, online repository of Oklahoma history that is continually being updated. Using The Gateway, patrons can search and view over three million historic…

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Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space exhibit opens

November 17
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On November 17, 2020, the Oklahoma History Center (OHC) will open Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space. This exhibit focuses on the many Oklahomans who played a part in the US air and space program, as well as early Oklahoma pioneers of aviation. To celebrate the opening of Launch to Landing, as well as the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma History Center, the OHC will offer free admission to the public Tuesday, November 17, through Saturday, November 21, sponsored by…

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

November 18, 1:30 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 1:30 p.m. on day Third of the month, repeating until December 15, 2021

Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held in the Dr. LeRoy H. Fischer Boardroom at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

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History Alive! Living History Experience

November 21, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
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First and third Saturday of the month
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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December 2020

“Child’s Play: Dolls of Native America” exhibit closes

December 1
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society’s Office of American Indian Culture and Preservation has opened a new, educational exhibit, Child’s Play: Dolls of Native America. The exhibit highlights more than 65 dolls and doll makers from different American Indian tribes. The exhibit will not only present the importance of dolls as children’s toys but also their significance as an art form and a way to document styles and materials used in making traditional tribal clothing. The exhibit includes selected biographies of doll…

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History Alive! Living History Experience

December 5, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
First and third Saturday of the month
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story film screening

December 5, 1 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Eighty-five years after the implementation of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) by President Roosevelt, the Oklahoma History Center and the Smithsonian Channel are excited to present a screening of Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story. This screening will be held on Saturday, December 5, at 1 p.m., and is included with paid admission to the Oklahoma History Center. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Admission is free for OHS members; children five and under; and…

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Christmas Open House

December 12, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

Join the Sod House Museum for our annual Christmas Open House as we celebrate the pioneer way on Saturday, December 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Share in the festivities with traditional decorations and treats by the Sod House Friends Group. As always, the museum will be decorated for Christmas, while the Sod House itself will be decorated for a traditional 1890s pioneer Christmas. Enjoy cookies and hot cider provided by the Friends of the Sod House. The Christmas Open…

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Christmas at the Fort

December 12, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Fort Towson Historic Site will host Christmas at the Fort on Saturday, December 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Visitors to the site, which was originally established in 1824, will celebrate the season with a riding tour of the grounds ending at the Sutler’s Store with coffee, cocoa, treats, and photos with Santa. For more information about the event, please call John Davis at 580-873-2634 or email jdavis@okhistory.org. Fort Towson Historic Site is located north of US 70 near Fort…

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

December 16, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held in the Dr. LeRoy H. Fischer Boardroom at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

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History Alive! Living History Experience

December 19, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
First and third Saturday of the month
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Winter Solstice Walks

December 21
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 First Street Spiro, OK 74959

On December 21, 2020, Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will be hosting guided walks to share about the winter solstice and how prehistoric American Indians dealt with the changes in the seasons. Archaeologist and manager Dennis Peterson will lead guided tours starting at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. Each walk will take about two hours and require a mile of easy walking. The pace of life today is so rushed and hectic that the natural rhythms of the sun,…

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January 2021

Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

January 9, 2021, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
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An event every month that begins at 9 a.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until June 12, 2021

Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

Visit the Sod House Museum southeast of Aline for a quilting workshop on Saturday. The workshop will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. with instructor Martha Ray, and the cost is $5 per person. For more information, please contact Director Renee Trindle at 580-463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org.

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

January 20, 2021, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held in the Dr. LeRoy H. Fischer Boardroom at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

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Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors meeting

January 27, 2021, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors meetings are held in January, April, July, and October on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

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February 2021

Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

February 13, 2021, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
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An event every month that begins at 9 a.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until June 12, 2021

Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

Visit the Sod House Museum southeast of Aline for a quilting workshop on Saturday. The workshop will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. with instructor Martha Ray, and the cost is $5 per person. For more information, please contact Director Renee Trindle at 580-463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org.

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

February 17, 2021, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held in the Dr. LeRoy H. Fischer Boardroom at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

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March 2021

Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

March 13, 2021, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 9 a.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until June 12, 2021

Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

Visit the Sod House Museum southeast of Aline for a quilting workshop on Saturday. The workshop will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. with instructor Martha Ray, and the cost is $5 per person. For more information, please contact Director Renee Trindle at 580-463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org.

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