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October 2022

OkNHD Library Day

October 6
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Join us for our annual OkNHD Library Day at the Oklahoma History Center on Thursday, October 6, 2022. Students will research in the library and attend workshops for help with their projects. OkNHD Library Day is free for teachers, students, and chaperones! The fee for this program is included with the cost of admission. Registration opens on August 25 and closes on September 29.    

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Research Center Book Sale

October 6, 10 a.m.4:45 p.m.
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Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society’s John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick Research Center will host its book sale Wednesday, October 5, through Saturday, October 8, at the Oklahoma History Center, located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. The sale is open from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The sale will include books on a variety of topics, featuring many rare and out-of-print titles. Visitors can shop for…

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Research Center Book Sale

October 7, 10 a.m.4:45 p.m.
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Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society’s John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick Research Center will host its book sale Wednesday, October 5, through Saturday, October 8, at the Oklahoma History Center, located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. The sale is open from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The sale will include books on a variety of topics, featuring many rare and out-of-print titles. Visitors can shop for…

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Research Center Book Sale

October 8, 10 a.m.1 p.m.
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One event on October 6, 2022 at 10 a.m.

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One event on October 8, 2022 at 10 a.m.

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

The Oklahoma Historical Society’s John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick Research Center will host its book sale Wednesday, October 5, through Saturday, October 8, at the Oklahoma History Center, located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. The sale is open from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The sale will include books on a variety of topics, featuring many rare and out-of-print titles. Visitors can shop for…

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Historic Preservation Review Committee meeting

October 13, 1:30 p.m.
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One event on October 13, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

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. 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. The HPRC’s 2022 meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, April 21, July 21, and October 13. Unless otherwise noted, meetings will be held in the Clark and Kay…

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Oklahoma Folklife Festival

October 15, 10 a.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center (OHC) is pleased to invite the public to attend the 2022 Oklahoma Folklife Festival on Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and will offer a wide range of entertainment, crafts, exhibitions and food. The festival will be held predominantly outdoors on the OHC campus located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. For additional information, please call 405-522-0765. This community-wide event will celebrate…

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Come and Learn: Okey Drew book discussion and signing presented by Dr. Ameenah Fuller

October 22, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Saturday, October 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., the John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick Research Center of the Oklahoma Historical Society will host a Come and Learn program presented by Dr. Ameenah Fuller, author of the book Okey Drew. The event will take place in the Musser Learning Lab on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center, located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. Copies of the book will be for sale, and the author will be…

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Space Night Open House

October 25, 4 p.m.6 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Visit the Oklahoma History Center for a STEAM* space-filled family night on October 25th from 4-6 p.m. Families can engage with art and crafts, learn to use real telescopes, and go on a scavenger hunt to win prizes! A team from the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory from the University of Oklahoma will join in the fun of the event. Visitors can also use the Observing With NASA exhibit kiosk—a hands-on exhibit that engages visitors in the art and science of…

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Cemetery Symbols: Carved in Stone

October 29, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Join the Oklahoma History Center to explore the meaning behind historic gravestones on Saturday, October 29, 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 in-person class for ages 16 and up will provide the skills necessary to investigate the past through tombstones. This program will take…

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November 2022

Choctaw Code Talkers documentary film screening and discussion

November 12, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, on Saturday, November 12, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Oklahoma History Center will screen the documentary Choctaw Code Talkers. A discussion will follow the film. In 1918, although the Choctaw soldiers of the US American Expeditionary Forces were not considered citizens of the country, they served, using the Choctaw language as a powerful tool against the German Forces in World War I. Their inventiveness and courage set a precedent for code talking…

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Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial Commission meeting

November 15, 1 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The meeting of the Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial Commission will be held on Tuesday, November 15 at 1 p.m. Agendas will be posted at www.okhistory.org/commission twenty-four hours before the meeting. Unless otherwise indicated, meetings will be held in the Dr. LeRoy H. Fischer Boardroom at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, 73105.

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

November 16, 1:30 p.m.
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One event on July 20, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rushmore Four performances at the Oklahoma History Center

November 16, 2 p.m.
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One event on November 16, 2022 at 7 p.m.

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

On Wednesday, November 16, the Rushmore Four, a program featuring the presidents who appear on Mount Rushmore, will be returning to the Oklahoma History Center! Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. There is no charge for the 2 p.m. performance, however, patrons are required to pre-register. Admission for the evening performance is $10 for Historical Society members and $20 for nonmembers. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt will be portrayed by four living history…

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Rushmore Four performances at the Oklahoma History Center

November 16, 7 p.m.
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One event on November 16, 2022 at 7 p.m.

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

On Wednesday, November 16, the Rushmore Four, a program featuring the presidents who appear on Mount Rushmore, will be returning to the Oklahoma History Center! Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. There is no charge for the 2 p.m. performance, however, patrons are required to pre-register. Admission for the evening performance is $10 for Historical Society members and $20 for nonmembers. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt will be portrayed by four living history…

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“Holiday Special” Kilgen Organ Performance featuring Lance Luce

November 28, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Monday, November 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Oklahoma History Center will present the 2022 winter performance of the Kilgen Organ series featuring organist Lance Luce. The theme for the concert will be “Holiday Special.” A short film and an audience sing-along are planned as a part of the performance. Lance Luce is an internationally acclaimed theatre organist. He has played hundreds of concerts all over the United States, Canada, England, and Australia. In 2014, he was awarded…

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December 2022

Dust to Eat (2021) film screening and discussion

December 3
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Saturday, December 3, the Oklahoma History Center will screen the film Dust to Eat (2021) which will be followed by a discussion. It takes the viewer through the drought and ensuing dust storms of the thirties from the perspective of Caroline Henderson, who, with her husband, stayed behind to save the family farm. Through poignant narration and imagery, the film explores the lasting impact of one of the worst natural disasters in our nation’s history 85 years after it…

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Steamboat Heroine film screening and discussion

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

On Saturday, December 10, the Oklahoma History Center will feature a film screening that follows the excavation of the steamboat Heroine from the Red River and how it was transported to the Oklahoma History Center. In 1990, the sunken steamboat, Heroine, was discovered in Oklahoma’s Red River. It provided evidence of the role steamboats played in Oklahoma and how they transformed the region. The excavation of Heroine by the Oklahoma Historical Society and Texas A&M University provided archaeologists and historians with information on Heroine and how…

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

December 21, 1:30 p.m.
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One event on November 16, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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Observing with NASA Smithsonian exhibit kiosk closes

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

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

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February 2023

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

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

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

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April 2023

“Perspectives in History: The 2023 Oklahoma History Symposium”

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

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

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May 2023

Becoming Fearless exhibit closes

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

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

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

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