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“Mysterious Oklahoma” program

October 31, 2019, 1 p.m.3 p.m.

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This Halloween, the Research Center will present “Mysterious Oklahoma,” a program exploring two intriguing topics in Oklahoma lore. Registration is $5 for OHS members and $10 for nonmembers, and preregistration is required. Contact the Research Center at 405-522-5225 to preregister. This program will be held in the Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab, located on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center.

Elmer McCurdy: Train Robber Turned Funhouse Mummy
Michael Williams will speak about the criminal activities of Elmer McCurdy, the gun that killed him, the lawman who fired the fatal shot, and McCurdy’s postmortem career as a carnival attraction. Attendees will learn about continuing research that sheds light on McCurdy’s crimes and reintroduces Stringer Fenton as the hero of the story.

Michael Williams is a curator at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum in Guthrie, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the history/museum studies program at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has two sons and lives in Oklahoma City.

Bigfoot in Oklahoma?
Judith Michener will share the history of Bigfoot sightings in the state, and relate stories of Oklahomans who say they encountered this mysterious figure.

Judith Michener is a former high school and college instructor, librarian, museum curator, and archivist. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and earned her masters at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She currently serves on the board of The Friends of the Oklahoma Historical Society Archives and Research Division and the Pottawatomie County Museum and Historical Society.

Registration is $5 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $10 for nonmembers. We ask that you register in advance by calling the Research Center at 405-522-5225. This program will be held in the Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab, which is located inside the Research Center on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center.


October 31, 2019
1 p.m.–3 p.m.
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Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105


Research Center