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Battle of the Washita 150th Anniversary program, Oklahoma History Center
November 20, 2018, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
The Oklahoma Historical Society and the National Park Service will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of the Washita on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at the Oklahoma History Center. This event is from 11 am to 2 pm and will include a plated lunch at noon.
The program will include a blessing by Cheyenne Peace Chief Harvey Pratt and three presentations. Dr. Paul Hutton, a recurring scholar on the History Channel, will speak about the attack as a turning point in the American West. Dr. Donald Fixico, president of the Western History Association, will focus on what the battle means to the American Indian community. Congressman Frank Lucas, Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Director Dr. Bob Blackburn, and Sarah Craighead of the National Park Service will reflect on the creation of the battlefield as a unit of the National Park Service.
Tickets are $40 per person and seating is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Oklahoma History Center at 405-522-0765.
The Battle of the Washita took place on November 27, 1868, near present-day Cheyenne, Oklahoma. Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry attacked the sleeping village of Cheyenne Peace Chief Black Kettle, killing an estimated sixty people along the banks of the Washita River. Washita Battlefield National Historic Site is operated by the National Parks Service.