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August 2022

Oklahoma All-Black Towns State Conference

August 20, 10 a.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Oklahoma Historical Society is partnering with the Oklahoma Conference of Black Mayors to present the Oklahoma All-Black Towns State Conference, an event that will bring together the mayors of Oklahoma’s 13 All-Black towns. The conference is designed to encourage a network of state agencies to join with the mayors to share resources enabling them to collect, preserve and share their town histories. In the early 20th century, Oklahoma was…

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From Institution to Inclusion: The History of disAbilities in Oklahoma exhibit closes

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

The interactive exhibit From Institution to Inclusion: The History of disAbilities in Oklahoma will be on display on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center until August 30, 2022. Through digital photographs, From Institution to Inclusion will highlight Oklahoma’s disability pioneers. Guests will view images of the institutions, legislators, and citizens who fought to break down barriers; the organizations making a difference today; and self-advocates who continue to lead the charge for change. Visitors will have the opportunity to…

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September 2022

History OffCenter: Trivia Night at Angry Scotsman Brewing

September 8, 6 p.m.
Angry Scotsmen Brewing, 704 W. Reno Ave Oklahoma City, OK

Can you name Oklahoma’s largest county by area? Do you know the Oklahoma hometown of the man who voiced Donald Duck? It’s time to dust off your thinking cap for Oklahoma Trivia Night! History OffCenter, a project of the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS), will host Oklahoma Trivia Night on Thursday, September 8, starting at 6 p.m. at Angry Scotsman Brewing, located at 704 W. Reno Ave. in Oklahoma City. Questions will cover topics including geography, politics, popular culture, sports, and…

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

September 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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“Americana: A Musical Tour of the USA” Kilgen Organ performance featuring Jonas Nordwall

September 26, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The fall performance of the Kilgen Organ series will feature organist Jonas Nordwall, presenting musical selections that follow the theme “Americana: A Musical Tour of the USA.” This performance will be held at the Oklahoma History Center on September 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jonas Nordwall is an internationally renowned virtuoso organist equally skilled in both traditional classical and modern/popular schools of musical performance. He has performed in North America, Japan, Europe, and China and has performed nine concert…

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October 2022

Sun and Silver: Photography Before Statehood exhibit closes

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

The Oklahoma History Center exhibit Sun and Silver: Photography Before Statehood will close on October 1, 2022. This exhibit showcases well-known professional traveling and studio photographers of the pre-statehood era, and presents lesser-known amateur photographers of the same period. Also included in Sun and Silver is an exploration of the various processes used for developing photographs. Magical images on mirror-like, silver-coated copper surfaces (daguerreotypes), mysterious fragile glass negatives (wet-plate photography), and unique, blue-toned prints (cyanotypes) are just a small sample of what guests will see.

The exhibit is on display in the Cooper and Gladys West Atrium Wing and Gallery during regular museum hours, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors ages 62 and over, $5 for students and free for children ages five and under. Group rates are available upon request. Oklahoma Historical Society members, active-duty military, veterans, and dependents (with ID) are admitted at no charge.

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Research Center Book Sale

October 5, 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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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! 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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One event on October 6, 2022 at 10 a.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 April 21, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

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

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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Folklife Festival

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

On Saturday, October 15, the Oklahoma History Center will host the annual Folklife Festival. The Folklife Festival is designed to engage visitors with opportunities to experience other cultures and traditions. Visitors are there to participate in the activities, not just observe. The festival’s goal is to spark curiosity, catalyze intercultural exchange, create participatory experiences, and collaborate with cultural practitioners, communities, and heritage professionals. Admission is free to the public, and the event will be held predominately outdoors on the OHC…

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

October 19, 1:30 p.m.
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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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Come and Learn: Okey Drew book discussion and signing presented by author 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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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 in a virtual program 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.…

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November 2022

Choctaw Code Talkers documentary film screening

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 of Choctaw Code Talkers. 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 as an effective military weapon,…

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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 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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“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

Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

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

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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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February 2023

Kilgen Organ performance 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. This performance will be 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., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Christian Elliott is a prominent concert organist, equally at home performing literature of the church and theatre.…

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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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