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Thursday Night Lecture Series featuring Michael Williams and the story of Elmer McCurdy

October 20, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.

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On Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m., The Will Rogers Museum will host a program featuring Michael Williams, Oklahoma Territorial Museum and Carnegie Library curator. Williams will make a presentation about Elmer McCurdy—the bizarre story of the Oklahoma Outlaw turned sideshow mummy.

While filming an episode of the hit television show, The Six Million Dollar Man, entitled “The Carnival of Spies,” at the Nu-Pike amusement park in Long Beach, California, a member of the crew, knocked the arm of a mannequin hanging by a noose in the Laff-In-The-Dark funhouse. While attempting to reattach the arm the crew member noticed what looked to be a bone and upon close inspection of the unclad body he knew he was looking at the body of a man.

So begins the story of the Oklahoma Outlaw Mummy Elmer McCurdy…a story filled with, outlaws, lawmen, sideshows, showmen, writers, artists, scientists, historians, and Broadway producers.

Michael Williams is a Curator at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum in Guthrie, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma History/Museum Studies program. Michael has appeared in numerous documentaries and TV spots speaking about events and people in Oklahoma History. An avid trout fisherman and reader, he is always quick with an entertaining story. He lives in Oklahoma City with his two sons while continuing to find engaging ways to teach and share Oklahoma’s history.


October 20
7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
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Will Rogers Memorial Museum
1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017