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September 2020

“We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing Pandemics” program (virtual)

September 18, 12 p.m.1 p.m.

Join the Oklahoma History Center on Friday, September 18, 2020, at noon, for “We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing Pandemics.” Eighteen Smithsonian Affiliates, in collaboration with researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, will present this special online program. This hour-long program will feature a presentation from researchers in the Global Health Program and will include the opportunity for audience participants to submit questions in the chat. The event will be a simultaneous broadcast to Smithsonian Affiliate partners across the…

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History of a One-Room School exhibit opens

September 19
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

On Saturday, September 19, the Sod House Museum will open a new exhibit exploring one-room schoolhouses in rural Oklahoma. In History of a One-Room School, schoolhouse desks, books, and a washstand, among many other artifacts, will evoke memories of a bygone era when these one-room, one-teacher schools dotted the landscape. These simply built structures, supported by local farmers and merchants, served as a place to educate children, hold community meetings, and host social gatherings.

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Cast-Iron Cooking class *Canceled*

September 19, 9 a.m.1 p.m.
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

This event has been canceled.

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“The History of One-Room Schools” presentation by Brenda Dixon

September 19, 10 a.m.
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

On Saturday, September 19, at 10 a.m., Brenda Dixon, a retired teacher, will give a presentation about one-room schools in conjunction with the exhibit History of a One-Room School. She will explore the history of the one-room schoolhouses that were common to Oklahoma Territory. Learn how teachers adapted their lesson plans to instruct students from first through eighth grade using McGuffey Readers and teaching penmanship, arithmetic, and geography. Dixon’s great-grandfather donated land and was influential in an effort to encourage…

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History Alive! living history experience

September 19, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day First of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day Third of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Honey Springs Battlefield Guided Trail Walks

September 19, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Honey Springs Battlefield is excited to announce guided trail walks on the battlefield led by site director Adam Lynn on Saturday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for visitors to check out the brand-new informative trail signs and to ask questions about the largest Civil War conflict to take place in present-day Oklahoma. The guided tours will be limited to groups of eight, and all attendees will be required to wear masks…

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Family Day at the Birthplace Ranch

September 19, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch will host Family Day at the Ranch on Saturday, September 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, visitors will get a glimpse of what life was like in the early days of the ranch during Will Rogers’s childhood! Demonstrations and activities include butter churning, using a washboard, and rope making. Family Day at the Ranch is free and open to the public, and donations are appreciated.

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The Pacific War in Color: From the Ashes screening

September 19, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center will show a Smithsonian Channel film on Saturday, September 19, as we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. This screening is from 1 to 3 p.m. and is included with paid admission to the Oklahoma History Center. By the summer of 1945, the Allies are reducing Japan to ashes, but there's no sign of surrender. While a ground invasion seems imminent, a casualty estimate of US soldiers in the hundreds of…

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Autumnal Equinox Walks

September 22
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 First Street Spiro, OK 74959

Come to Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, for the Autumnal Equinox Walks. As the end of summer nears and crops are ready for harvest, the time of the year arrives for the most important of ceremonies for the eastern American Indians—the Busk or Green Corn Ceremony. The Green Corn Ceremony was a harvest and renewal ceremony that took place around the autumnal equinox in the Spiro area.  On September 22 there will be three walks beginning…

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“The Gendered Politics of Civil Rights,” This Land is Herland series presentation (virtual)

The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center are pleased to present This Land is Herland, a series of programs on women’s activism in Oklahoma sponsored by Oklahoma Humanities. The second program, “The Gendered Politics of Civil Rights,” will take place online on Tuesday, September 22, at 7 p.m. The event will be conducted virtually and will include presentations by three scholars. Following the presentations, the scholars will be available to answer questions from the online audience.…

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OkNHD Library Day (virtual)

September 24, 10:30 a.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Join us for our annual OkNHD Library Day on Thursday, September 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In this virtual event, students will attend workshops for in-depth instruction on History Day fundamentals. OkNHD Library Day is free for teachers, students, and chaperones! Registration opens August 13 and closes September 21. Register Online

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

September 24, 5 p.m.September 28, 7 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

Visit the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry each month for Blacksmithing Demonstrations in the blacksmith shop. The demonstrations will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy watching the craftsmen work and will have an opportunity for hands-on experiences. This educational event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated. For more information please call 580-336-2405.

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Movie Night featuring Charlie Chaplin film *Canceled*

September 25, 7 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

This event has been canceled.

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October 2020

Annual Quilt Show opens

October 1
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, 1141 Pawnee Bill Road Pawnee, OK 74058

Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum will host its Annual Quilt Show during the entire month of October, featuring heirloom and modern quilts from across the state. Cimarron Valley Quilt Guild and Pawnee Bill Quilt Guild members are instrumental in putting together this yearly event. There is no charge to view the quilt show, which is available to visitors during regular hours of operation. Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and…

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History Alive! living history experience

October 3, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day First of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day Third of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Chuck Wagon Dinner

October 3, 12 p.m.1 p.m.
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Drop by and support the Chisholm Trail Museum at our grab-and-go fall fundraiser dinner on Saturday, October 3, from noon to 1 p.m. A variety of working chuck wagons from across the region will prepare chicken-fried steak, potatoes, biscuits, beans, and cobbler for you to pick up. Dinner tickets are just $12. We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance, as there will be limited meals available for purchase the day of the event. The Chisholm Trail Museum and…

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Scary Tales

October 9, 7 p.m.
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Fridays and Saturdays in October beginning on October 15.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (POK) is excited to host Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion on October 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 29 and 30. Tours begin each evening promptly at 7 p.m. in the Carriage House. Visitors will hear spooky stories about Oklahoma history, and get a rare glimpse inside the Overholser Mansion after dark. The tour also explores areas of the mansion not typically open during daily tours. Tickets are $25 each and include…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

October 10, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
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An event every month that begins at 9 a.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until June 12, 2021

Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

Visit the Sod House Museum southeast of Aline for a quilting workshop on Saturday. The workshop will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. with instructor Martha Ray, and the cost is $5 per person. For more information, please contact Director Renee Trindle at 580-463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org.

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Scary Tales

October 10, 7 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
Fridays and Saturdays in October beginning on October 15.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (POK) is excited to host Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion on October 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 29 and 30. Tours begin each evening promptly at 7 p.m. in the Carriage House. Visitors will hear spooky stories about Oklahoma history, and get a rare glimpse inside the Overholser Mansion after dark. The tour also explores areas of the mansion not typically open during daily tours. Tickets are $25 each and include…

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Brown Bag Lecture Series (virtual)

October 14, 12 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 12 p.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until October 14, 2020

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host a free virtual Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture on Wednesday at noon. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the lectures will be held via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/CSRHC.

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Historic Preservation Review Committee Meeting

October 15, 1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
This committee meets quarterly.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), is pleased to announce the Oklahoma Historic Preservation Review Committee’s (HPRC) meeting schedule for calendar year 2020. The governor appoints the members of the HPRC to advise the SHPO about nominations to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and other preservation issues.

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Scary Tales

October 16, 7 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
Fridays and Saturdays in October beginning on October 15.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (POK) is excited to host Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion on October 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 29 and 30. Tours begin each evening promptly at 7 p.m. in the Carriage House. Visitors will hear spooky stories about Oklahoma history, and get a rare glimpse inside the Overholser Mansion after dark. The tour also explores areas of the mansion not typically open during daily tours. Tickets are $25 each and include…

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International Archaeology Day celebration

October 17
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 First Street Spiro, OK 74959

October is Archaeology Month in Oklahoma and internationally, and Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will celebrate International Archaeology Day on Saturday, October 17, 2020, with a lecture, a guided walk, and many other activities. Oklahoma Archaeology Month is sponsored and promoted by the Oklahoma Anthropological Society and the Oklahoma Public Archaeology Network and includes many more events throughout Oklahoma during the month of October. Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is the only prehistoric American Indian archaeological site in Oklahoma open to the…

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

October 17, 10 a.m.2 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

Visit the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry for a Blacksmithing Demonstration in the blacksmith shop. The demonstration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can enjoy watching the craftsmen work and will have an opportunity for hands-on experiences. This educational event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated. For more information please call 580-336-2405.

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History Alive! living history experience

October 17, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day First of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

An event every month that begins at 11 a.m. on day Third of the month, repeating until October 17, 2020

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Family Day at the Birthplace Ranch

October 17, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch will host Family Day at the Ranch on Saturday, October 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, visitors will get a glimpse of what life was like in the early days of the ranch during Will Rogers’s childhood! Family Day at the Ranch is free and open to the public, and donations are appreciated.

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Scary Tales

October 17, 7 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
Fridays and Saturdays in October beginning on October 15.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (POK) is excited to host Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion on October 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 29 and 30. Tours begin each evening promptly at 7 p.m. in the Carriage House. Visitors will hear spooky stories about Oklahoma history, and get a rare glimpse inside the Overholser Mansion after dark. The tour also explores areas of the mansion not typically open during daily tours. Tickets are $25 each and include…

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American Farmer exhibit closes

October 20
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On Tuesday, September 1, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will open a new exhibit titled American Farmer. The exhibit showcases the selected work of forty-five images from the collection of photographer Paul Mobley. Mobley set out to capture the soul of the country's farm communities that highlight enduring rural traditions, family, integrity, close connections to the land, and hard work. The resulting images are a series of stunning portraits of farmers in their local settings, exploring how their day-to-day…

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

October 21, 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. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held in the Dr. LeRoy H. Fischer Boardroom at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

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Scary Tales

October 23, 7 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
Fridays and Saturdays in October beginning on October 15.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (POK) is excited to host Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion on October 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 29 and 30. Tours begin each evening promptly at 7 p.m. in the Carriage House. Visitors will hear spooky stories about Oklahoma history, and get a rare glimpse inside the Overholser Mansion after dark. The tour also explores areas of the mansion not typically open during daily tours. Tickets are $25 each and include…

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Family Farm Day

October 24, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host Family Farm Day on Saturday, October 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This family activity day celebrates the agricultural heritage of the Cherokee Strip. Guests can enjoy hands-on activities, farm animals, food preparation, antique tractors, and more. Family Farm Day celebrates the proud farming heritage that built northwest Oklahoma. For additional information please call 580-237-1907 or visit www.facebook.com/CSRHC.

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Scary Tales

October 24, 7 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
Fridays and Saturdays in October beginning on October 15.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (POK) is excited to host Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion on October 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 29 and 30. Tours begin each evening promptly at 7 p.m. in the Carriage House. Visitors will hear spooky stories about Oklahoma history, and get a rare glimpse inside the Overholser Mansion after dark. The tour also explores areas of the mansion not typically open during daily tours. Tickets are $25 each and include…

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“Discovering the Unit Orchestra” Kilgen Organ performance featuring Brett Valliant

October 26, 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 Brett Valliant. The theme will be “Discovering the Unit Orchestra.” This performance will be Monday, October 26, 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. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors meeting

October 28, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors meetings are held in January, April, July, and October on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

October 29, 5 p.m.7 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

Visit the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry each month for Blacksmithing Demonstrations in the blacksmith shop. The demonstrations will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy watching the craftsmen work and will have an opportunity for hands-on experiences. This educational event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated. For more information please call 580-336-2405.

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Scary Tales

October 29, 7 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
Fridays and Saturdays in October beginning on October 15.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (POK) is excited to host Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion on October 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 29 and 30. Tours begin each evening promptly at 7 p.m. in the Carriage House. Visitors will hear spooky stories about Oklahoma history, and get a rare glimpse inside the Overholser Mansion after dark. The tour also explores areas of the mansion not typically open during daily tours. Tickets are $25 each and include…

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Wanted: Dead or Alive exhibit closes

October 30
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Friday, August 28, Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher will open its newest exhibit, Wanted: Dead or Alive. This photography exhibit is comprised of images of some of Oklahoma’s most infamous criminals and will be on display until October 30, 2020. Images in the exhibit are from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the University of Oklahoma Western History Collections, the National Archives, the vast photographic archives of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and private lenders. The 38 black-and-white images on display consist…

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Pawnee Bill Ghost Stories

October 30, 6:30 p.m.9 p.m.
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An event every day that begins at 6:30 p.m., repeating until October 31, 2020

Join the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum for a frightening time at Pawnee Bill Ghost Stories, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Guides will lead guests through the park telling spine-tingling, ghostly tales about Oklahoma, local legends and the Pawnee Bill Ranch. Tours leave every 30 minutes from the museum building. Admission for the tours is $5 per person, and the event is for ages eight and older. To purchase tickets in…

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Movie Night featuring The Headless Horseman *Canceled*

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

This event has been canceled.

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Scary Tales

October 30, 7 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
Fridays and Saturdays in October beginning on October 15.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (POK) is excited to host Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion on October 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 29 and 30. Tours begin each evening promptly at 7 p.m. in the Carriage House. Visitors will hear spooky stories about Oklahoma history, and get a rare glimpse inside the Overholser Mansion after dark. The tour also explores areas of the mansion not typically open during daily tours. Tickets are $25 each and include…

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