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August 2021

Family Fun Day

August 7, 2021, 10 a.m.2 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

Experience Family Fun Day at the Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School in Perry on Saturday, August 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the whole family to enjoy this free admission day full of cake walks, apple peeling, sack races, rope making demonstrations, gunfights, and live blacksmithing demonstrations. The Rose Hill schoolmarm will hold short class sessions, and Rooster Cogburn and his friends will stop by to entertain the crowd. The Roadside Grill food trailer will be…

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History Alive! on the Cherokee Strip

August 7, 2021, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Step back in time and experience life in the Cherokee Outlet during History Alive! on the Cherokee Strip at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the Humphrey Heritage 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…

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Wreath-laying ceremony and flyover at Will Rogers Memorial Museum

August 13, 2021, 12 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

On Friday, August 13, at noon the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore will host a wreath-laying ceremony and flyover to mark the anniversary of the August 15, 1935, death of Will Rogers and Wiley Post in an Alaskan plane crash. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Herb McSpadden—relatives of Will Rogers who ran the Birthplace Ranch—are invited guests. Pilot and museum Roper docent Tom Egbert will fly the plane for the flyover. The public is welcome to join in viewing…

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Will Rogers and Wiley Post Fly-In and National Day of Remembrance

August 14, 2021, 7:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

On Saturday, August 14, from 7:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m., aviation enthusiasts will mark 86 years since Will Rogers and Wiley Post died in an Alaska plane crash. To honor their memory, pilots of small planes will land on a 2,000-foot grass strip at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, adjacent to the house where Rogers was born in 1879. The fly-in is an opportunity for the public to get an up-close look at vintage and late-model small aircraft and visit with…

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“Reenacting 101 and Fur Trade” Second Saturday Demo

August 14, 2021, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Visit Fort Towson Historic Site on Saturday, August 14, from 1 to 3 pm for “Reenacting 101 and Fur Trade,” a presentation that will teach participants what it takes to be a living history reenactor. Instructor Nick Wallace will discuss how to dress, where to acquire supplies, and what is involved in becoming part of a reenactment or living history event. This workshop is a part of the Second Saturday Demo series at Fort Towson. For more information about the…

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“Museum After Dark: Village Sounds” featuring Chloe-Beth

August 14, 2021, 7 p.m.9 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On Saturday, August 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter Chloe-Beth will perform an intimate, acoustic set in the Village Church at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. Her performance is part of the monthly evening event series “Museum After Dark: Village Sounds” that will be taking place at the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village from August through October. There is no additional charge for this concert series beyond the regular cost of admission to the CSRHC.…

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“So Many Museums: A Conversation about the OMA” Brown Bag Chat featuring Brenda A. Granger

August 18, 2021, 12 p.m.1 p.m.

On Wednesday, August 18, Brenda A. Granger, executive director of the Oklahoma Museums Association, will be presenting the topic "So Many Museums: A Conversation about the Oklahoma Museums Association." Granger will be joined by the executive director Jacob Krumwiede and curator Dr. Neal Matherne, director of education at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid. Granger will discuss the variety of museums and heritage sites in the state of Oklahoma while discussing how these institutions benefit from collaborative efforts…

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting *canceled*

August 18, 2021, 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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Back to School Bash

August 19, 2021, 5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Place Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Teachers and administrators, get ready for resources galore as OMA's Back to School Bash returns in person and virtually! You now have the option to attend in person or use the online list of resources and see virtual showcases of all the participating organizations during the Thursday, August 19 event. Virtual resources from participating museums and organizations will be available online beginning Thursday, July 29. Teachers and administrators participating in person or virtually are eligible to win door prize giveaways,…

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Peculiar Portraits, Tattered Aesthetic, and Stop: Fifty Ways to a Better World exhibit closes

August 21, 2021
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The work of Oklahoma artist John Hammer is on exhibit at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. The exhibition features selected works from three of Hammer’s themed series titled, Peculiar Portraits, Tattered Aesthetic, and Stop: Fifty Ways to a Better World. The curated exhibit will be on display at the Heritage Center during regular business hours from June 26th through August 21st.

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Traditional Trades Day

August 21, 2021, 10 a.m.2 p.m.
Chisholm Trail Museum and Horizon Hill, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Join us at the Chisholm Trail Museum for Traditional Trades Day on Saturday, August 21, and discover historic occupations and heritage skills. This free, family-friendly event will give visitors the opportunity to explore several historic occupations and heritage skills, such as carpentry, wet-plate photography, candle making, leatherwork, dressmaking, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, lacemaking, flint knapping, laundry, traditional cooking, music, and more. Craftspeople proficient in these skills and trades provided the items and services necessary for everyday life. This year over 20…

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History Alive! on the Cherokee Strip

August 21, 2021, 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 in the Cherokee Outlet during History Alive! on the Cherokee Strip at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the Humphrey Heritage 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…

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Clara Luper Freedom Fiesta Art Show and Film Screening

August 21, 2021, 12 p.m.9 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Saturday, August 21, the Clara Luper Legacy Committee will present a free art show and film screening of Best of Enemies at the Oklahoma History Center (OHC). These activities are part of the Clara Luper Freedom Fiesta, a series of events to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the beginning of the sit-in movement in Oklahoma City. Led by teacher and civil rights activist Clara Luper, the Oklahoma City sit-in movement broke down the barriers of segregation in public accommodations in the…

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Family Day at the Museum

August 21, 2021, 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, August 21 when the theme will focus on women's suffrage. The year 2021 marks 101 years since the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Rogers County Election Board will be celebrating with us and will be on-site registering new voters! This event is from 1 to 3 p.m. Family Day is free, but donations are appreciated. To find out more,…

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Pawnee Bill Goes Pop: Pop Culture Painting

August 21, 2021, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, 1141 Pawnee Bill Road Pawnee, OK 74058

Visit the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum in Pawnee to discover the unique qualities that led to Gordon W. “Pawnee Bill” Lillie becoming a pop culture icon. The museum will hold Pawnee Bill Goes Pop: Pop Culture Painting, a fun, hands-on art event, on Saturday, August 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. This activity will explore the world of pop culture painting, from the dotted style of comic books to the pop art of Andy Warhol. Participants will help create…

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“Let’s Talk About It” Book Discussion Series

August 21, 2021, 6 p.m.
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, 1141 Pawnee Bill Road Pawnee, OK 74058

Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum in Pawnee has partnered with Oklahoma Humanities (OH) to host OH’s book discussion series called “Let’s Talk About It.” The book club meetings will take place as monthly in-person gatherings at the museum on Blue Hawk Peak, and will feature a different book title each month from July to November. All five of the books in the program have the overarching theme of “Many Trails, Many Tribes: American Indians in Fiction.” The intention of the…

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Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial Commission meeting

August 24, 2021, 1 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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Movie Night featuring the filmed version of the Broadway musical The Will Rogers Follies

August 27, 2021, 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, August 27, featuring the filmed version of the Broadway musical The Will Rogers Follies (1991). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the movie 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…

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Route 66: An American Odyssey film screening

August 28, 2021, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center will have a screening of the film Route 66: An American Odyssey on Saturday, August 28 from 1–3 p.m. The film overviews the construction of "The Mother Road," popular landmark attractions that developed on Route 66, and the roadway's popularity into the present day. Historical footage is joined with national points of interest along Route 66.

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This Land is Herland discussion and book signing with Sarah Eppler Janda and Patricia Loughlin

August 28, 2021, 2 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On Saturday, August 28, beginning at 2 p.m., the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host a discussion and book signing with Sarah Eppler Janda and Patricia Loughlin, editors of the new book This Land is Herland: Gendered Activism in Oklahoma from the 1870s to the 2010s, published by University of Oklahoma Press this year. Since well before ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 secured their right to vote, women in Oklahoma have sought to change and…

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The Battle of Honey Springs film premiere

August 28, 2021, 5 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) and the Friends of Honey Springs Battlefield announce the premiere of a new film documenting the Battle of Honey Springs. The first showings of The Battle of Honey Springs, a Pantheon Digital Production, will take place on Saturday, August 28, at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. at the Honey Springs Battlefield Visitor Center near Checotah. A program with the director, producers, actors, and historians will take place after the…

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In the Vernacular: Everyday Images of Oklahoma Life exhibit closes

August 31, 2021
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center’s photographic exhibit entitled In the Vernacular: Everyday Images of Oklahoma Life will close on Tuesday, August 31.  A celebration of everyday image-making, this exhibit features photographs from the Oklahoma Historical Society’s collections. Visitors will see fun, quirky, and sometimes odd images of Oklahomans. The photographs on display were captured for a variety of reasons, including souvenir postcards, government archives, magazines, newspapers, and family albums.

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Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program workshop (virtual)

August 31, 2021, 1 p.m.

The Oklahoma Historical Society will host an online workshop to inform the public about the application process for the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program on Tuesday, August 31, at 1 p.m. This virtual workshop will provide guidance for groups interested in applying for this grants-in-aid program, which sets aside $600,000 to award grants typically ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to municipal, county, or tribal government, and not-for-profit historical organizations or friends groups of historical organizations registered with the Oklahoma Secretary…

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September 2021

Drummond Heirlooms exhibit opens

September 1, 2021
Fred and Addie Drummond Home, 305 North Price Avenue Hominy, OK 74035

An exhibit at the Fred and Addie Drummond Home will feature Drummond family heirlooms and attic treasures through the month of September. The exhibit will be on display from September 1 to September 30, 2021. As a reflection of financial success, Fred and Addie built a substantial home in Hominy. The three-story, Victorian-style house, completed in 1905, features a central square tower, second-floor balcony, and false dormers. The first floor is constructed of native sandstone, while the upper floors are…

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Thrift Style exhibit opens

September 1, 2021
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On Wednesday, September 1, an exhibit entitled Thrift Style will open at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. The exhibit explores the reuse of feed sacks to make clothing and other household objects and illuminates how the “upcycling” of these bags mutually benefited 20th-century consumers and businesses. With 41 works from patterns to garments, it serves as an example of past ingenuity that can inform today’s efforts toward sustainability. In conjunction with the exhibit, as a part of the CSRHC's…

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History Alive! on the Cherokee Strip

September 4, 2021, 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 in the Cherokee Outlet during History Alive! on the Cherokee Strip at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the Humphrey Heritage 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…

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Fashions of the Overholser exhibit opens

September 7, 2021
Henry and Anna Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Fashions of the Overholser exhibit features several pieces of clothing belonging to Anna Overholser and Henry Ione Overholser Perry's wardrobe. Guests will be able to get an up-close look at fashions from the first half of the 20th century, which are treasures found in the Oklahoma Historical Society collections. Cocktail dresses, gowns, casual wear, shoes, and handbags will be on display along with period clothing donated to the mansion over the years.

Guests are welcome to tour the home and fashions at their own pace. Museum personnel will be on hand to answer questions. This exhibit will take place through mid-November.

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SHPO “Mapping tips for Section 106 reviews” virtual workshop

September 8, 2021, 11 a.m.12 p.m.

On Wednesday, September 8, the State Historic Preservation Office will have an online workshop to teach mapping tips for Section 106 reviews to provide resources useful in illustrating project locations for Section 106 reviews. This workshop will overview best practices for illustrating project location/area of potential effect (APE) for Section 106 reviews and a brief review of Public Land Survey System (PLSS) legal locations.  The content will also include how to calculate latitude and longitude coordinates in decimal degrees, using…

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Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program workshop (virtual)

September 10, 2021, 11 a.m.

The Oklahoma Historical Society will host an online workshop to inform the public about the application process for the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program on Friday, September 10, at 11 a.m. This virtual workshop will provide guidance for groups interested in applying for this grants-in-aid program, which sets aside $600,000 to award grants typically ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to municipal, county, or tribal government, and not-for-profit historical organizations or friends groups of historical organizations registered with the Oklahoma Secretary…

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Will’s Barter Bash

September 11, 2021, 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

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum has come up with a clever way to clear out your closets and exchange goods and toys without spending a red cent. Think of the event as a barter-style picnic—the perfect place to trade unwanted, unused, or excess items and find other things that one may need or want. The event takes place beside the sunken gardens with lots of space for each family to set out a blanket full of treasure. Children can trade…

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“Historic Skills Expo” Second Saturday Demo

September 11, 2021, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Fort Towson Historic Site will host “Historic Skills Expo” Second Saturday Demo on Saturday, September 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. Guests are welcome to watch and learn as craftsmen and artisans demonstrate how objects were made before industrialization. Historical interpreters will be demonstrating the art of candle making, wooden bucket making, the operation of a wooden lathe, the preparation of black powder, and a cooking demonstration. Living history reenactors will be on hand to explain a variety of time-honored…

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Ice Cream Social

September 11, 2021, 1 p.m.4 p.m.
Fred and Addie Drummond Home, 305 North Price Avenue Hominy, OK 74035

The Friends of the Fred and Addie Drummond Home are happy to announce that the annual Ice Cream Social will be held at the home on Saturday, September 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. The family-friendly event will be held out-of-doors. Special guests will include author Rosanne McKee, who will be holding a book signing of her title Oklahoma Roses, and Osage storyteller Diane Fallis. Chuck Drummond, the father-in-law of Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, has been invited to join the…

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“Let’s Talk About It” Book Discussion Series

September 11, 2021, 6 p.m.
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, 1141 Pawnee Bill Road Pawnee, OK 74058

Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum in Pawnee has partnered with Oklahoma Humanities (OH) to host OH’s book discussion series called “Let’s Talk About It.” The book club meetings will take place as monthly in-person gatherings at the museum on Blue Hawk Peak, and will feature a different book title each month from July to November. All five of the books in the program have the overarching theme of “Many Trails, Many Tribes: American Indians in Fiction.” The intention of the…

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“Museum After Dark: Village Sounds” featuring Beau Jennings

September 11, 2021, 7 p.m.9 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On Saturday, September 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter Beau Jennings will perform an intimate, acoustic set in the Village Church at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. His performance is part of the monthly evening event series “Museum After Dark: Village Sounds” that will be taking place at the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village from August through October. There is no additional charge for this concert series beyond the regular cost of admission to the…

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Mayan Art Exhibit

September 14, 2021September 18, 2021
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Oklahoma History Center (OHC) will host a Mayan Art Exhibit featuring original art from Mayan artists September 14–18. The exhibit will culminate with a Guatemalan Cultural Celebration beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 18. The Mayan Art Exhibit will also celebrate the bicentennial of independence for Mexico and Central America, which occurred in September 1821. Featured artists are Hilario Efraín Xitamul Roquel, Sergio Josué Cuy Saloj, and Lucía Anabela Xitamul Roquel de Cotuc.…

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

September 15, 2021, 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.

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Thursday Night Lecture Series featuring Jim Bridenstine

September 16, 2021, 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 theater. Programs will begin at 7 p.m. and will include time for questions and answers with speakers. Jim Bridenstine, whose career in politics paved the way for an appointment as NASA director, will speak on September 16. Bridenstine was a navy aviator and private pilot, and one-time executive director of…

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Another Perry Entrepreneur: Marvin “Bud” Jirous exhibit opens

September 17, 2021
Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

On Friday, September 17, the Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School will open the exhibit Another Perry Entrepreneur: Marvin “Bud” Jirous. The exhibit follows the life and career of one of Perry's favorite sons.

Jirous was born in Noble County in 1935 and spent his formative years in Perry, Oklahoma. His personable nature, integrity, and hard work set Jirous on a path toward entrepreneurship and becoming a leader in the business world. The exhibit follows the arc of his career, beginning with his high school employment with the M&W Grocery Store and carrying forward to his elevation to president of the Sonic Corporation.

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Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day

September 18, 2021
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center (OHC) will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 18, 2021, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day. On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based facilities—which offer free admission every day—and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day ticket. Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge wherever you are.…

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A Long Walk in the Sun: Mexican-American War Days Living History Encampment

September 18, 2021, 10 a.m.2:30 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Fort Towson Historic Site will be the setting for “A Long Walk in the Sun: Mexican-American War Days” living history Mexican-American War encampment on Saturday, September 18, 2021. The historic site will be open and free to the public on September 18 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with various historic skills demonstrations throughout the day. Woodcutters teaching the skill of felling and cutting a tree, the art of making corn husk dolls, the cooper’s process of making wooden buckets,…

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