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April 2021

2021 Oklahoma History Conference “Perspectives in History” (virtual)

April 22April 23

The 2021 Oklahoma History Conference is going virtual! Join us April 22–23 as scholars, students, historians, and authors from across the state and country share the history and culture of Oklahoma. This year’s lineup will include eleven scheduled sessions, two programs, and eleven on-demand sessions. The entire conference will be online, including a special tribute to the late Steve Ripley from the Red Dirt Rangers and the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. We are proud to announce the conference keynote speaker will be celebrated poet, author, and musician Joy Harjo.

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Silvan Zingg Piano Concert and Pomp and Circle Dance *Canceled*

April 22, 7 p.m.
Pioneer Woman Museum, 701 Monument Road Ponca City, OK 74604

This event has been canceled.

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Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George exhibit opens

April 23
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, 1141 Pawnee Bill Road Pawnee, OK 74058

Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum will host a traveling exhibit, Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George, from April 23 to June 23, 2021. This collection of 25 black-and-white images represents the railroad photographs taken by Preston George during the 1930s and 1940s.

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Pioneer Women Musical Production

April 23, 7 p.m.
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An event every day that begins at 7 p.m., repeating until April 25, 2021

Poncan Theatre, 104 East Grand Avenue Ponca City, OK 74601

Unveiling ceremonies for the Pioneer Woman Statue were originally held on April 22, 1930, the anniversary of the first land run in Oklahoma. This year, to mark that anniversary, a multimedia musical production Pioneer Women written by Debra Harden Rue will be shown at the Poncan Theatre April 23–25. The production has been endorsed by the Pioneer Woman Museum and Statue. The music and script are a historical tribute to the 12 statues that E.W. Marland commissioned in the 1920s to honor the pioneer women who shaped America.

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Gardening 101 class

April 24, 9 a.m.12 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Join us for Gardening 101 at the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn gardening fundamentals and tips in the beautiful gardens of the Red River Journey at the Oklahoma History Center! The cost is $10 for OHS members and $15 for nonmembers. Registration opens March 12 and closes April 16.

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Pioneer Women Musical Production

April 24, 7 p.m.
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An event every day that begins at 7 p.m., repeating until April 25, 2021

Poncan Theatre, 104 East Grand Avenue Ponca City, OK 74601

Unveiling ceremonies for the Pioneer Woman Statue were originally held on April 22, 1930, the anniversary of the first land run in Oklahoma. This year, to mark that anniversary, a multimedia musical production Pioneer Women written by Debra Harden Rue will be shown at the Poncan Theatre April 23–25. The production has been endorsed by the Pioneer Woman Museum and Statue. The music and script are a historical tribute to the 12 statues that E.W. Marland commissioned in the 1920s to honor the pioneer women who shaped America.

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Pawnee Bill Puzzle Club (virtual)

April 25, 5 p.m.6 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 5 p.m. on day Last of the month, repeating until May 30, 2021

Join the interpretive staff of the Pawnee Bill Ranch as we put together puzzles and talk about history! We invite you to watch us on Facebook Live and put together your own puzzle. Pawnee Bill Puzzle Club is held on the last Sunday of the month from 5 to 6 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/pawneebillranch to join in.

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Pioneer Women Musical Production

April 25, 7 p.m.
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An event every day that begins at 7 p.m., repeating until April 25, 2021

Poncan Theatre, 104 East Grand Avenue Ponca City, OK 74601

Unveiling ceremonies for the Pioneer Woman Statue were originally held on April 22, 1930, the anniversary of the first land run in Oklahoma. This year, to mark that anniversary, a multimedia musical production Pioneer Women written by Debra Harden Rue will be shown at the Poncan Theatre April 23–25. The production has been endorsed by the Pioneer Woman Museum and Statue. The music and script are a historical tribute to the 12 statues that E.W. Marland commissioned in the 1920s to honor the pioneer women who shaped America.

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On the Peak Lecture (virtual)

April 28, 12 p.m.1 p.m.
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, repeating until May 26, 2021

Join Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum on Facebook Live for an On the Peak Lecture. Lectures are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/pawneebillranch to learn more and view the lecture.

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Hammered Aluminum Ware exhibit closes

April 30
Fred and Addie Drummond Home, 305 North Price Avenue Hominy, OK 74035

The Fred and Addie Drummond Home will host the exhibit Hammered Aluminum Ware during the month of April. Visitors can view beautiful examples of hammered aluminum metalware, such as salad dishes, cookie trays, and pitchers with matching tumblers. During the early 1900s up to the 1950s, when most housewives were expected to entertain, many would use cheaper, lighter hammered aluminum for their card games, birthday celebrations, church events, and monthly coffee socials with the neighbors. With many metals being in…

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Movie Night featuring Buster Keaton in Cops and One Week

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

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum will host a Movie Night in the newly renovated Will Rogers Theatre on Friday, April 30, featuring Buster Keaton in Cops (1922) and One Week (1920). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the movies beginning at 7 p.m. This event is free to attend thanks to sponsorship by Bank of Commerce. Guests can enjoy free popcorn and drinks. Masks are required. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance because of limited seating.…

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May 2021

Milliner (hat-making) class

May 1, 10:30 a.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Learn the history of Edwardian milliners and create your own hat in the Oklahoma History Center’s Milliner class on Saturday, May 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This class is recommended for ages twelve and up. Space is limited! Registration is $50 for OHS members and $70 for nonmembers; all supplies are included. Registration opens on March 18 and closes on April 23. Register Now

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History Alive! on the Cherokee Strip

May 1, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
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The first and third Saturday of the month through November
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! in the Humphrey Heritage Village. On the first and third Saturday of each month, the historic buildings in the Village come alive with reenactors who are 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 land claim in the Land Office. The Village will be Alive! from 11…

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Natural Dye workshop

May 1, 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, May 1, 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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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

May 8, 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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Will’s Barter Bash

May 8, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
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The second Saturday of the month, April through October
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Clear out your closets and bring a blanket to set up beside the sunken gardens for Will’s Barter Bash. We have plenty of space! Kids can trade toys, games, or other fun items—no money, all bartering. This event will be held on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. through October! No registration is required.  

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Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act workshop (virtual)

May 11, 10 a.m.12 p.m.

Join us May 11–14, 2021, as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Oklahoma Archeological Survey, and Oklahoma Department of Transportation share information for submitting a successful Section 106 project for review. May’s workshops are two-hour sessions Tuesday–Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. The entire workshop series will be online, and the live sessions will have ample opportunity for questions and discussion. On Tuesday, May 11, will be a workshop about Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. SHPO staff…

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Oklahoma Archeological Survey and Section 106 workshop (virtual)

May 12, 10 a.m.12 p.m.

Join us May 11–14, 2021, as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Oklahoma Archeological Survey (OAS), and Oklahoma Department of Transportation share information for submitting a successful Section 106 project for review. May’s workshops are two-hour sessions Tuesday–Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. The entire workshop series will be online, and the live sessions will have ample opportunity for questions and discussion. On Wednesday, May 12, will be a workshop about the Oklahoma Archeological Survey and Section 106. Oklahoma Archeological…

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On the Peak Lecture (virtual)

May 12, 12 p.m.1 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, repeating until May 26, 2021

Join Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum on Facebook Live for an On the Peak Lecture. Lectures are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/pawneebillranch to learn more and view the lecture.

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Archeological Survey Forms and Field Work workshop (virtual)

May 13, 10 a.m.12 p.m.

Join us May 11–14, 2021, as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Oklahoma Archeological Survey (OAS), and Oklahoma Department of Transportation share information for submitting a successful Section 106 project for review. May’s workshops are two-hour sessions Tuesday–Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. The entire workshop series will be online, and the live sessions will have ample opportunity for questions and discussion. On Thursday, May 13, will be a workshop about Archeological Survey Forms and Field Work. Oklahoma Archeological Survey…

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Section 106 and Tribal Consultation workshop (virtual)

May 14, 10 a.m.12 p.m.

Join us May 11–14, 2021, as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Oklahoma Archeological Survey, and Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) share information for submitting a successful Section 106 project for review. May’s workshops are two-hour sessions Tuesday–Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. The entire workshop series will be online, and the live sessions will have ample opportunity for questions and discussion. On Friday, May 14, will be a workshop about Section 106 and Tribal Consultation. Oklahoma Department of Transportation…

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History Alive! on the Cherokee Strip

May 15, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
The first and third Saturday of the month through November
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! in the Humphrey Heritage Village. On the first and third Saturday of each month, the historic buildings in the Village come alive with reenactors who are 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 land claim in the Land Office. The Village will be Alive! from 11…

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Tea and Talk at Horizon Hill: Women and Wild West Shows

May 15, 11:30 a.m.1 p.m.
Chisholm Trail Museum and Horizon Hill, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Please join us at the Chisholm Trail Museum on Saturday, May 15, for the Museum’s Tea and Talk at Horizon Hill. The program will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests will be treated to a variety of traditional teas and snacks on the lawn at Horizon Hill, Territorial Governor A. J. Seay’s home. During the event, Dr. Alyce Webb will speak on the topic of Women and Wild West Shows.  Registration is $15 per person and space is limited.…

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Family Day at the Museum

May 15, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Join the Will Rogers Memorial Museum for Family Day at the Museum on Saturday, May 15, as we take a step back in time to explore the Victorian era of Will's life! Come out and enjoy a demonstration of a high wheel bicycle with Bob Allen from the Bike-About Bicycles shop in Claremore. High-wheel bicycles were popular in the late 1800s, which featured a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel. This event is from 1 to 3…

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Pawnee Bill Goes Pop: Comic Books

May 15, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, 1141 Pawnee Bill Road Pawnee, OK 74058

Come and join us for a fun, hands-on art exhibit on Saturday, May 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. This summer we will explore all the unique qualities that led to Pawnee Bill becoming a pop culture icon. In Comic Books, we invite kids and adults to make their own comic book panel while exploring a small exhibit about how comic books and dime novels shaped our image of the west.

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Marshal McCully sculpture unveiling and open house

May 15, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

The Sod House Museum near Aline continues to celebrate the 126th anniversary of its centerpiece sod house by unveiling a bronze sculpture of Marshal McCully, the man who built it, at an Open House on Saturday, May 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. Renowned sculptor and painter Burneta Venosdel created the likeness of McCully and will be on-site for the unveiling of her bronze sculpture, which she is donating to the museum, paying homage to settlers and her pioneer roots.…

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Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial Commission meeting

May 18, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Agendas will be posted at www.okhistory.org/commission twenty-four hours before the meeting. Unless otherwise indicated, meetings will be held at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, 73105.

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting (virtual and on-site)

May 19, 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.

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Thursday Night Lecture Series featuring John Wooley

May 20, 7 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Will Rogers Memorial Museum is launching a return of the Thursday Night Lecture Series! Lectures are scheduled for May 20, June 17, July 15, and September 16 in the museum auditorium. Programs will begin at 7 p.m. and will include time for questions and answers with speakers. John Wooley, who co-hosts RSU-TV’s Film Noir Theatre with Ana Berry, will open Lecture Series on May 20. Wooley will share stories about this season’s Film Noir Theatre, which began in February and…

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On the Peak Lecture (virtual)

May 26, 12 p.m.1 p.m.
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, repeating until May 26, 2021

Join Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum on Facebook Live for an On the Peak Lecture. Lectures are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/pawneebillranch to learn more and view the lecture.

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Movie Night featuring Will Rogers in Doubting Thomas

May 28, 7 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum will host a Movie Night in the newly renovated Will Rogers Theatre on Friday, May 28, featuring Will Rogers in Doubting Thomas (1935). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the movies beginning at 7 p.m. This event is free to attend thanks to sponsorship by the Bank of Commerce. Guests can enjoy free popcorn and drinks. Masks are required. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance because of limited seating. Please call…

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A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture exhibit closes

May 29
Oklahoma Territorial Museum and Carnegie Library, 406 East Oklahoma Avenue Guthrie, OK 73044

The Smithsonian Institution opened its newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), on September 24, 2016. The celebration continues and reaches beyond Washington, DC, to Guthrie as the Oklahoma Territorial Museum and Carnegie Library presents A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The commemorative poster exhibition will be on view from February 2 to May 29, 2021. Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration…

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Pawnee Bill Puzzle Club (virtual)

May 30, 5 p.m.6 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 5 p.m. on day Last of the month, repeating until May 30, 2021

Join the interpretive staff of the Pawnee Bill Ranch as we put together puzzles and talk about history! We invite you to watch us on Facebook Live and put together your own puzzle. Pawnee Bill Puzzle Club is held on the last Sunday of the month from 5 to 6 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/pawneebillranch to join in.

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June 2021

History Alive! on the Cherokee Strip

June 5, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
The first and third Saturday of the month through November
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! in the Humphrey Heritage Village. On the first and third Saturday of each month, the historic buildings in the Village come alive with reenactors who are 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 land claim in the Land Office. The Village will be Alive! from 11…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

June 12, 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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Pioneer Family Fun Day

June 12, 10 a.m.2 p.m.
Pioneer Woman Museum, 701 Monument Road Ponca City, OK 74604

Join the fun this year when the Pioneer Woman Museum and Statue celebrate the old-fashioned way with Pioneer Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. This is a community-friendly event that will include old-fashioned games and crafts, Dutch oven cooking, and more. This free event is fun for the whole family! For more information about any of the upcoming events at the Pioneer Museum and Statue, please call 580-765-6108 or visit www.pioneerwomanmuseum.com. The museum…

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Will’s Barter Bash

June 12, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
The second Saturday of the month, April through October
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Clear out your closets and bring a blanket to set up beside the sunken gardens for Will’s Barter Bash. We have plenty of space! Kids can trade toys, games, or other fun items—no money, all bartering. This event will be held on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. through October! No registration is required.  

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting (virtual and on-site)

June 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.

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Thursday Night Lecture Series featuring Mike Martin

June 17, 7 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Will Rogers Memorial Museum is launching a return of the Thursday Night Lecture Series! Lectures are scheduled for May 20, June 17, July 15, and September 16 in the museum auditorium. Programs will begin at 7 p.m. and will include time for questions and answers with speakers. Mike Martin from Magnolia, Texas, will present “Dust Bowl George’s Boutique Wineshop” on June 17. Martin will share the story of a young man who left Oklahoma for California during the Dust Bowl…

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“Genealogy of Marshal McCully” presentation

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

Visit the Sod House Museum on Saturday, June 19, at 10 a.m., for a program focusing on its builder, Marshal McCully. Professor Jana Brown of Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) will present McCully’s family history, tracing his genealogy back to the pre–Revolutionary War era. Brown has worked with the Sod House Museum for several years as a volunteer. In the summer of 2019, she began researching the family history of Marshal McCully. The migration of the McCully family is similar…

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