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2022 Oklahoma Historical Society Awards Banquet *postponed until March 24*

February 24, 2022, 6 p.m.

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Postponed Until March 24, 2022

Due to predictions of winter storms across the state, the OHS has decided to postpone the Awards Banquet scheduled for February 24. Our first priority is the safety of our honorees, guests, and staff. The Awards Banquet has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 24, and our staff will be contacting those who purchased tickets for the event.

The 2022 Oklahoma Historical Society Awards Banquet will be held Thursday, March 24, 2022, at the Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt will be the guest speaker at the evening event, and Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith will serve as the emcee.

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith

A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m., and dinner and the awards program will follow at 6:30 p.m. Cocktail attire is requested. At this annual ceremony, the OHS will make presentations to OHS annual award recipients, SHPO annual award recipients, Guardians of History honorees, and will induct individuals into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame.

Individual tickets to the reception and banquet are available for $100. Sponsor tables include the reception, a banquet table for eight, and the sponsor name listed on the printed program and OHS website. Donation levels are Silver $1,000; Gold $2,500; and Platinum $5,000. Tickets can be purchased through February 15.

Proceeds from this event will be matched by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and will go toward the Dr. Bob Blackburn Collections Endowment Fund. This endowment provides the OHS with funds to collect and preserve archival collections and artifacts that tell the story of Oklahoma. For information about the event, please contact Angela Spindle at 405-522-0317 or aspindle@okhistory.org.

Thank You to Our Supporters and Sponsors

Platinum Level

Chickasaw Nation

Gold Level

A to Z Inspections – Jack Werner & Suzanne Broadbent

Rita Benischek

Ken Fergeson

Jim and Cathy Waldo

Silver Level

Bank of Oklahoma

Thick Descriptions

Jack Baker

William and Sherry Beasley

Bob and Debbie Blackburn

Justice Yvonne Kauger

Bill Settle


Awards and Honors Presented

Joseph B. Thoburn AwardOutstanding Student HistorianKennedi Smith

William D. Pennington AwardOutstanding Social Studies TeacherSuzette Vontell Chang

National Register of Historic Places DesignationsFederal Building and US Court House, Oklahoma City (designated September 8, 2021)George and Margaret Miller House, Ponca City (designated December 6, 2021)Liberty Federal Savings and Loan Association Building, Enid (designated December 7, 2021)Edwards-Hardaway Homestead and Cemetery, Red Oak (designated December 7, 2021)

Bruce T. Fisher AwardOutstanding Oklahoma History Project“Ketsimnanek (Ancestors),” Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center

Linda Williams Reese AwardOutstanding Dissertation or Thesis on Oklahoma History“Pei on the Prairie: Urban Renewal in Oklahoma City, 1960–1990,”Zachary A. Anderson, University of Central Oklahoma

Muriel H. Wright AwardOutstanding Article Published in The Chronicles of Oklahoma“‘Hell’s an Ice Box’: The Myth of Tommy Atkins and the Oil Field that Transformed Oklahoma,” Russell Cobb,The Chronicles of Oklahoma, volume 99, no. 2 (Summer 2021)

Muriel H. Wright AwardHonorable Mention“The Plot to Kill ‘Diamond Dick’ Rowland and the Tulsa Race Massacre,” Randy Hopkins,The Chronicles of Oklahoma, volume 99, no. 1 (Spring 2021)

E. E. Dale AwardOutstanding Book on Oklahoma HistoryA Life on Fire: Oklahoma’s Kate Barnard, Connie Cronley (OU Press, 2021)

Guardians of History AwardSenator Darcy JechRepresentative Carl Newton

Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame InducteesDr. Bob L. BlackburnDr. Davis JoyceJustice Yvonne KaugerDr. Theda Perdue


February 24, 2022
6 p.m.
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Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105