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October 2020

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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Ghost Stories (virtual)

The folks at Hunter’s Home have created a fun and safe alternative to the historic home’s annual Ghost Stories event. Participants can hear bewitching tales, uncover mysteries of the antebellum property built in 1845, and see the site after dark through a Facebook version of the popular event for 2020. By joining the private Facebook group “Life at Hunter’s Home,” viewers can enjoy complete access to special, spooky fall videos and demonstrations whenever they like through the month of October!…

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A Conversation with Cliff Hudson (virtual and on-site)

October 23, 12 p.m.1 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society will present A Conversation with Cliff Hudson on Friday, October  23, from noon to 1 p.m. This program will be held at the Oklahoma History Center and streamed live via Zoom. Hudson will be interviewed about his new book, Master of None: How a Jack-of-All-Trades Can Still Reach the Top (Harper Business, 2020). Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Director Dr. Bob Blackburn will interview Hudson on stage, and an audience Q&A session will follow. The event is…

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Scary Tales

October 23, 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. and are not come-and-go. We will begin in the Carriage House, and once a tour has begun there will not be a way to join in. If you are running late, please give us a call at 405-525-5325. Visitors will hear spooky stories…

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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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Natural Dye workshop

October 24, 11:30 a.m.3 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Honey Springs Battlefield will host a workshop teaching the basics of dyeing cloth with indigo on Saturday, October 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kathy Dickson, director of Museums and Historic Sites for the Oklahoma Historical Society, will lead the workshop, teaching the process of dyeing cloth with indigo and discussing other natural dyes. This hands-on workshop will teach the basics of indigo dyeing, so participants are encouraged to dress for the mess! Each group will receive a skein…

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Storytelling program

October 24, 6 p.m.8 p.m.
Fred Drummond Home, 305 North Price Avenue Hominy, OK 74035

The Fred Drummond Home will be hosting their annual evening of old-fashioned storytelling this year on Saturday, October 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. Costumed storytellers will share tales of Halloween and legends from the past as guests are led through the historic home. This is a family-friendly event. Visitors will be offered a sacked treat at the end of the tour. Due to COVID-19, safety precautions are being taken for this event. All visitors and storytellers will be required to…

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Scary Tales

October 24, 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. and are not come-and-go. We will begin in the Carriage House, and once a tour has begun there will not be a way to join in. If you are running late, please give us a call at 405-525-5325. Visitors will hear spooky stories…

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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.
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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. and are not come-and-go. We will begin in the Carriage House, and once a tour has begun there will not be a way to join in. If you are running late, please give us a call at 405-525-5325. Visitors will hear spooky stories…

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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 (now virtual)

October 30
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until October 31, 2020

Please note: The in-person tours have been canceled, and Pawnee Bill Ghost Stories is now a virtual event. More information will be posted as it becomes available. This event features spine-tingling, ghostly tales about Oklahoma, local legends, and the Pawnee Bill Ranch. To find out more about the ghost stories or other programs, please call 918-762-2513 or email pawneebill@okhistory.org.

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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. and are not come-and-go. We will begin in the Carriage House, and once a tour has begun there will not be a way to join in. If you are running late, please give us a call at 405-525-5325. Visitors will hear spooky stories…

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Annual Quilt Show closes

October 31
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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Pawnee Bill Ghost Stories (now virtual)

October 31
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until October 31, 2020

Please note: The in-person tours have been canceled, and Pawnee Bill Ghost Stories is now a virtual event. More information will be posted as it becomes available. This event features spine-tingling, ghostly tales about Oklahoma, local legends, and the Pawnee Bill Ranch. To find out more about the ghost stories or other programs, please call 918-762-2513 or email pawneebill@okhistory.org.

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“Cemetery Symbols: Carved in Stone” program (virtual)

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

Join the Oklahoma History Center as we explore the meaning behind historic gravestones in a virtual program on Saturday, October 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. Gravestones and cemeteries are rich in a language of symbols. Symbols can be difficult to interpret because their meaning changes over time. By examining the grave markers, one can learn more than just the person’s name. This virtual class will provide the skills necessary to investigate the past through tombstones. The cost is $5…

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Museum After Dark: All Hallows’ Eve

October 31, 5 p.m.9 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Explore the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center and the Humphrey Heritage Village, just you and your date, during Museum After Dark: All Hallows’ Eve on Saturday, October 31! Inside the museum, you will find one-on-one activities, conversation starters, and fun activities with a Halloween theme. Then take a stroll through the village after dark to see our history in a whole new light! This is a great, social distancing–friendly experience. Museum After Dark is a come and go event, starting…

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Halloween Night at the Museum

October 31, 6 p.m.8 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum will host Halloween Night at the Museum on Saturday, October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. This event combines trick-or-treating with an opportunity for children and their parents and grandparents to visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Area businesses and individuals will share treats at locations outside on the spacious museum grounds. Halloween Night at the Museum is free and open to all ages. This event has attracted hundreds of costumed characters into the museum…

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November 2020

“Voting During a Pandemic,” Pandemic Perspectives: Stories Through Collections (virtual)

The National Museum of American History is launching an engaging series of talks that combine questions raised by the current pandemics and historic objects in the national collections. Curators and historians will virtually share objects, using them as a springboard for a lively discussion that explores how the past can help us better understand the present. The format will be a moderated dialogue among the panelists with the audience posing additional questions. The Oklahoma History Center invites you to the…

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Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival

November 4
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 7, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch will celebrate the 141st birthday of Oklahoma’s Favorite Son with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival Wednesday, November 4, through Saturday, November 7. Many activities are planned to honor the memory of Will Rogers, Cherokee cowboy philosopher, and movie actor. A complete schedule will be posted at www.dogirons.com/program. Beginning November 4, the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival will feature up-and-coming filmmakers exhibiting their work at venues throughout Claremore along with lectures, workshops,…

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Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival

November 5
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 7, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch will celebrate the 141st birthday of Oklahoma’s Favorite Son with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival Wednesday, November 4, through Saturday, November 7. Many activities are planned to honor the memory of Will Rogers, Cherokee cowboy philosopher, and movie actor. A complete schedule will be posted at www.dogirons.com/program. Beginning November 4, the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival will feature up-and-coming filmmakers exhibiting their work at venues throughout Claremore along with lectures, workshops,…

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“Contested Notions of Equality,” 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 third program, “Contested Notions of Equality,” will be held Thursday, November 5 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. This online program will…

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Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival

November 6
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 7, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch will celebrate the 141st birthday of Oklahoma’s Favorite Son with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival Wednesday, November 4, through Saturday, November 7. Many activities are planned to honor the memory of Will Rogers, Cherokee cowboy philosopher, and movie actor. A complete schedule will be posted at www.dogirons.com/program. Beginning November 4, the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival will feature up-and-coming filmmakers exhibiting their work at venues throughout Claremore along with lectures, workshops,…

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Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival

November 7
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 7, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch will celebrate the 141st birthday of Oklahoma’s Favorite Son with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival Wednesday, November 4, through Saturday, November 7. Many activities are planned to honor the memory of Will Rogers, Cherokee cowboy philosopher, and movie actor. A complete schedule will be posted at www.dogirons.com/program. Beginning November 4, the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival will feature up-and-coming filmmakers exhibiting their work at venues throughout Claremore along with lectures, workshops,…

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“Veteran Surgeon’s View of the Civil War” presentation

November 7, 10:30 a.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

On Saturday, November 7, at 10:30 a.m., Honey Springs Battlefield will host "Veteran Surgeon's View of the Civil War," a special presentation about Civil War surgery and medicine by Dr. David Harris. Harris will be dressed in Civil War-period attire while discussing medical practices used during the war and the realities surgeons faced. His presentation will include medical artifacts and items from the era. Harris has hosted multiple programs at many Civil War sites, including Vicksburg National Military Park. This…

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History Alive! Living History Experience

November 7, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
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First and third Saturday of the month
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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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

November 14, 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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“The Gateway to Oklahoma History” Second Saturday Demo

November 14, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

On Saturday, November 14, from 1 to 3 p.m., Fort Towson Historic Site will host Chad Williams, the director of the Research Division for the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS), who will present a program entitled “The Gateway to Oklahoma History” for the November installment of the Second Saturday Demo series. The Gateway to Oklahoma History is a free, online repository of Oklahoma history that is continually being updated. Using The Gateway, patrons can search and view over three million historic…

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Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space exhibit opens

November 17
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On November 17, 2020, the Oklahoma History Center (OHC) will open Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space. This exhibit focuses on the many Oklahomans who played a part in the US air and space program, as well as early Oklahoma pioneers of aviation. To celebrate the opening of Launch to Landing, as well as the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma History Center, the OHC will offer free admission to the public Tuesday, November 17, through Saturday, November 21, sponsored by…

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

November 18, 1:30 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 1:30 p.m. on day Third of the month, repeating until December 15, 2021

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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History Alive! Living History Experience

November 21, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
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First and third Saturday of the month
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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December 2020

“Child’s Play: Dolls of Native America” exhibit closes

December 1
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society’s Office of American Indian Culture and Preservation has opened a new, educational exhibit, Child’s Play: Dolls of Native America. The exhibit highlights more than 65 dolls and doll makers from different American Indian tribes. The exhibit will not only present the importance of dolls as children’s toys but also their significance as an art form and a way to document styles and materials used in making traditional tribal clothing. The exhibit includes selected biographies of doll…

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History Alive! Living History Experience

December 5, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
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First and third Saturday of the month
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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Christmas Open House

December 12, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

Join the Sod House Museum for our annual Christmas Open House as we celebrate the pioneer way on Saturday, December 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Share in the festivities with traditional decorations and treats by the Sod House Friends Group. As always, the museum will be decorated for Christmas, while the Sod House itself will be decorated for a traditional 1890s pioneer Christmas. Enjoy cookies and hot cider provided by the Friends of the Sod House. The Christmas Open…

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Christmas at the Fort

December 12, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Fort Towson Historic Site will host Christmas at the Fort on Saturday, December 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Visitors to the site, which was originally established in 1824, will celebrate the season with a riding tour of the grounds ending at the Sutler’s Store with coffee, cocoa, treats, and photos with Santa. For more information about the event, please call John Davis at 580-873-2634 or email jdavis@okhistory.org. Fort Towson Historic Site is located north of US 70 near Fort…

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

December 16, 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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History Alive! Living History Experience

December 19, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
First and third Saturday of the month
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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