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“The History of John Brown” presentation by Dr. Jennifer Murray

February 3, 2024, 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.

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On Saturday, February 3, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, author and teaching associate professor at Oklahoma State University Dr. Jennifer Murray will present “The History of John Brown.” After the presentation, visitors are encouraged to tour the Encountering John Brown exhibit, view the 3D Battle of Honey Springs film, and tour Oklahoma’s largest Civil War battlefield.

Dr. Jennifer Murray’s presentation will supplement the history presented in the Encountering John Brown exhibit and add new insight into the connections of those who fought with John Brown during the “Bleeding Kansas” years before fighting at the Battle of Honey Springs on July 17, 1863. She is the primary scholar for the Encountering John Brown traveling exhibit on display at the Honey Springs Battlefield from January 9 to March 2.

“Fewer people are as intrinsically linked to the sectional crisis of the American Civil War than John Brown. Through his actions in Kansas at Pottawatomie Creek in 1856 and then, three years later, his raid at the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Brown forced Americans to question the moral consequences of enslavement and the role of the government in perpetuating the institution. The Encountering John Brown exhibit at Honey Springs Battlefield offers a unique opportunity to explore not only John Brown’s life and legacy but also his influence on the Civil War in Indian Territory,” said Dr. Murray.

About the presenter:

Dr. Murray is a military historian specializing in the American Civil War. She is also a former seasonal interpretive park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. Her first book, On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013,  was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2014. Dr. Murray is currently writing a biography of Union General George Gordon Meade.

In addition to delivering hundreds of Civil War battlefield tours, Murray has led World War I and World War II study-abroad trips to Europe. Murray is a veteran faculty member at Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute and a coveted speaker at Civil War symposiums and roundtables.

Photograph of a painting of John Brown, used in photographer C. A. Huff’s advertisement in 1894 (20545.232, Oklahoma Illustrated Collection, OHS).

Dr. Jennifer Murray

Funding for this program is provided in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OH of NEH.


February 3, 2024
1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
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Honey Springs Battlefield
423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426