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800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-522-0765
www.okhistory.org/historycenter

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December 2022

Steamboat Heroine discussion *canceled*

December 10
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The discussion on the discovery and recovery of the steamboat Heroine previously scheduled for Saturday, December 10 has been canceled. On May 6, 1838, Heroine was navigating the Red River on its way to Fort Towson to deliver much-needed supplies to soldiers stationed there. The 1830s side paddlewheel steamboat was 20 minutes from its destination when it hit a snag and sank. Everyone on board survived, but the supplies and ship were lost. In 1999 the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS)…

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

December 21, 1:30 p.m.
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One event on June 22, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

One event on July 20, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

One event on August 17, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

One event on September 21, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

One event on October 19, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

One event on November 16, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

One event on December 21, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Agendas will be available online 24 hours prior to the meeting at www.okhistory.org/board. This meeting will be held in-person at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

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Observing with NASA Smithsonian exhibit kiosk closes

December 31
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Observing With NASA, an authentic data experience with astronomical imaging will be on display at the Oklahoma History Center (OHC) until December 31, 2022. This exhibit kiosk from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory engages visitors in the art and science of NASA imagery. Observing With NASA offers an introduction to the tools, data, and skills that NASA space scientists and data visualization experts use to create the images of deep space objects that we all know and love. Observing With NASA…

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January 2023

“Architecture of the Capitol” discussion with Trait Thompson

January 7, 2023, 1 p.m.2 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Saturday, January 7, from 1 to 2 p.m., learn more about the restoration of the Oklahoma State Capitol and the architectural design behind it from Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Director Trait Thompson. He will lead the discussion, sharing his insights about the Oklahoma Capitol Restoration Project. Before becoming director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, Thompson was the project manager of the Oklahoma Capitol Restoration Project. Share his specialized knowledge of the history of the Oklahoma State Capitol and how…

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Researching Legal Documents with Dr. Le’Shawn Turner

January 14, 2023, 12 p.m.2 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Saturday, January 14, from noon to 2 p.m., Dr. Le'Shawn Turner, the reference librarian for the Oklahoma City University School of Law will guide non-lawyers on the process of researching legal sources effectively. This class will be beneficial to college students, genealogists, and people with specific research interests. OHS Archival Collections Manager Mallory Covington will also share the various legal materials of the Eleanor and John Kirkpatrick Research Center in the Oklahoma History Center where the class will take…

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Modern Wall Hangings workshop

January 14, 2023, 1 p.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Saturday, January 14, from 1 to 4 p.m., learn the art of weaving while creating a modern piece of wall art to take home! The hands-on program for ages 12 and up will teach about various types of fibers, basic techniques, and historic practices of weaving. The cost of the make-and-take modern wall-hanging workshop will be $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. All materials are included in the class cost. Registration is required and is limited to 15…

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Oklahoma Historic Preservation Review Committee meeting

January 19, 2023, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The first Oklahoma Historic Preservation Review Committee meeting of 2023 will take place on Thursday, January 19, at 1:30 p.m. The meetings will be held in the Oklahoma Historical Society’s LeRoy H. Fischer Boardroom, Oklahoma History Center (third floor), 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City. Additionally, the meetings will also be held via Teams (virtual option). The meetings are open to the public. The HPRC and SHPO encourage all interested parties to attend. The meeting agendas and NRHP nominations under…

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Introduction to Botanical Embroidery

January 28, 2023, 1 p.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Saturday, January 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. join Oklahoma embroidery artist Lacey Plana as she leads this introductory class full of botanical inspiration. She will teach guests to stitch a vibrant Oklahoma-inspired bouquet of Oklahoma roses, firewheels, and yarrows. This is a great class to learn or brush up on embroidery basics such as how to create a variety of stitches and how to transfer your favorite designs onto fabric. Many stitches will be demonstrated, including the back…

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February 2023

Block-printed Valentine’s Day cards

February 4, 2023, 11 a.m.1 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Learn the art of linocut while making your own block-printed Valentine’s Day cards at the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday, February 4, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Linocut is a printmaking technique in which a sheet of linoleum is carved out to make a design and then stamped with ink onto paper. The workshop will be in classrooms A and B on the first floor of the OHC. The cost is $45 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $55 for non-members.…

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Hammered Moon and Star Earrings workshop

February 11, 2023, 1 p.m.5 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

A workshop at the Oklahoma History Center (OHC) on Saturday, February 11, will focus on the technique of making hammered earrings in either a moon or star shape. This workshop is designed for beginners. It will be led by Oklahoma State University’s Prairie Arts Center staff. The workshop will take place from 1–5 p.m. in classrooms A and B on the first floor of the OHC. The cost is $65 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $75 for non-members. It…

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Retro Clay Earrings workshop

February 25, 2023, 1 p.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Learn how to make your own retro, mod statement earrings out of polymer clay during a workshop at the Oklahoma History Center (OHC) on Saturday, February 25, from 1–4 p.m. Participants will learn different techniques. The workshop will take place in classrooms A and B on the first floor of the OHC. The cost is $40 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $50 for non-members. It includes all materials. Participants must be 16 years or older. Registration is required. The…

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Kilgen Organ performance and silent film The Mark of Zorro (1920) featuring Christian Elliott

February 27, 2023, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center is pleased to announce a performance in the Kilgen Organ series featuring organist Christian Elliott. He will provide the accompanying music and sound effects to the American western silent film The Mark of Zorro (1920) starring Douglas Fairbanks. This performance will take place on February 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $20 for nonmembers, and may be reserved by calling 405-522-0765. Doors will open at 6 p.m.,…

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April 2023

Oklahoma Historic Preservation Review Committee meeting

April 20, 2023, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The second Oklahoma Historic Preservation Review Committee meeting of 2023 will take place on Thursday, April 20, at 1:30 p.m. The meetings will be held in the Oklahoma Historical Society’s LeRoy H. Fischer Boardroom, Oklahoma History Center (third floor), 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City. Additionally, the meetings will also be held via Teams (virtual option). The meetings are open to the public. The HPRC and SHPO encourage all interested parties to attend. The meeting agendas and NRHP nominations under…

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“Perspectives in History”: The 2023 Oklahoma History Symposium

April 22, 2023
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Saturday, April 22. 2023, the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) will host “Perspectives in History”: The 2023 Oklahoma History Symposium. This one-day event will take place at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. The deadline to submit proposals is November 30, 2022. “Perspectives in History” will offer scholars, historians, authors, students, and museum professionals from across the state and country a forum in which to share their work with history enthusiasts. Proposals will be considered on a wide range…

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May 2023

Becoming Fearless exhibit closes

May 14, 2023
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The photography exhibit, Becoming Fearless will be open in the Chesapeake Event Center and Gallery at the Oklahoma History Center through Sunday, May 14, 2023.

Becoming Fearless explores 70 years of firefighting in Oklahoma. 25 black and white images trace the evolution of the profession from the early days of acrobatics, antics, and volunteerism in the 1900s, to the sophisticated fire safety systems in place today. Photographs from the early days of firefighting often depicted feats of agility—along with a bit of humor. Some of the images are great examples of the firehouses, equipment, and uniforms from across the state. Guthrie established their fire department in 1889, the same year as Oklahoma City. Tulsa followed in 1900, Enid in 1902, and Edmond in 1903. Most started with volunteers only, as is still the case in some rural areas today. Horse-drawn fire equipment was common from 1889, when the Oklahoma City Fire Department (OCFD) was originally established, until 1910 when the first motorized firefighting vehicle was introduced.

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July 2023

Oklahoma Historic Preservation Review Committee meeting

July 20, 2023, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The third Historic Preservation Review Committee meeting of 2023 will take place on Thursday, July 20, at 1:30 p.m. The meetings will be held in the Oklahoma Historical Society’s LeRoy H. Fischer Boardroom, Oklahoma History Center (third floor), 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City. Additionally, the meetings will also be held via Teams (virtual option). The meetings are open to the public. The HPRC and SHPO encourage all interested parties to attend. The meeting agendas and NRHP nominations under consideration…

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October 2023

Oklahoma Historic Preservation Review Committee meeting

October 19, 2023, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The fourth Oklahoma Historic Preservation Review Committee meeting of 2023 will take place on Thursday, October 19, at 1:30 p.m. The meetings will be held in the Oklahoma Historical Society’s LeRoy H. Fischer Boardroom, Oklahoma History Center (third floor), 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City. Additionally, the meetings will also be held via Teams (virtual option). The meetings are open to the public. The HPRC and SHPO encourage all interested parties to attend. The meeting agendas and NRHP nominations under…

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