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July 2020

Battle of Honey Springs Memorial Event (virtual)

On Saturday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) and the Friends of Honey Springs Battlefield will host the annual memorial event commemorating the Battle of Honey Springs. Due to concerns about COVID-19, the decision has been made to hold the service virtually this year to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff. You can join the virtual event online at www.facebook.com/honeysprings. OHS Executive Director Dr. Bob Blackburn will be the featured speaker, and he will…

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August 2020

Back to School Bash (virtual)

August 6, 2020, 4 p.m.

Educators, get ready for resources galore! This year's Back to School Bash will be a virtual event on August 6 at 4 p.m. We will have door prize giveaways on Facebook Live, and plenty of information online to help you plan for the upcoming school year.

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Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program Workshop (virtual)

August 12, 2020, 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 Wednesday, August 12, at 11 a.m. This virtual workshop will provide guidance for groups interested in applying for this grants-in-aid program, which sets aside $500,000 to award grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 to municipal, county, or tribal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations, as well as the support groups for these entities. All not-for-profit applicants…

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Brown Bag Lecture Series (virtual)

August 12, 2020, 12 p.m.
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The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host a free virtual Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture on Wednesday at noon. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the lectures will be held via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/CSRHC.

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“The Fluidity of Power,” 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 first program, “The Fluidity of Power,” will take place on Thursday, August 13 at 7 p.m.

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National Day of Remembrance (virtual)

August 15, 2020, 10 a.m.

A National Day of Remembrance will be held as a Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. on the same day as the Will Rogers and Wiley Post Fly-In. This ceremony will mark the tragic loss of the lives of Will Rogers and Wiley Post. The service will also honor all those who have lost their lives in a small airplane crash. This event will be held on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/WRBirthplace.

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62nd Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Sit-Ins (virtual)

August 19, 2020, 6:30 a.m.6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m., the Clara Luper Legacy Committee will present a virtual program celebrating the 62nd anniversary of the beginning of the Oklahoma City sit-in movement on its website, www.claraluperlegacy.com. For the last two years, the committee has held a celebration at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s event will be shared online. The speakers at this commemoration will include Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, Marilyn Luper…

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“Suffrage Stories: A Complicated Narrative” lecture (virtual)

August 27, 2020, 5 p.m.

Join the Oklahoma History Center to explore the history and legacy of women’s suffrage. On Thursday, August 27, 2020, at 5 p.m., 16 Smithsonian Affiliates, in collaboration with scholars from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, will present a special online lecture “Suffrage Stories: A Complicated Narrative.” This hour-long program will include presentations by three speakers, with an opportunity for audience participants to submit questions at the end. The event…

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September 2020

Brown Bag Lecture Series (virtual)

September 9, 2020, 12 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 12 p.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until October 14, 2020

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host a free virtual Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture on Wednesday at noon. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the lectures will be held via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/CSRHC.

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Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program Workshop (virtual)

September 15, 2020, 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, September 15, at 1 p.m. This virtual workshop will provide guidance for groups interested in applying for this grants-in-aid program, which sets aside $500,000 to award grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 to municipal, county or tribal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations, as well as the support groups for these entities. All not-for-profit applicants…

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“We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing Pandemics” program (virtual)

September 18, 2020, 12 p.m.1 p.m.

Join the Oklahoma History Center on Friday, September 18, 2020, at noon, for “We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing Pandemics.” Eighteen Smithsonian Affiliates, in collaboration with researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, will present this special online program. This hour-long program will feature a presentation from researchers in the Global Health Program and will include the opportunity for audience participants to submit questions in the chat. The event will be a simultaneous broadcast to Smithsonian Affiliate partners across the…

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“The Gendered Politics of Civil Rights,” This Land is Herland series presentation (virtual)

Registration for this program is now closed. 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 second program, “The Gendered Politics of Civil Rights,” will take place online on Tuesday, September 22, 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…

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OkNHD Library Day (virtual)

September 24, 2020, 10:30 a.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Join us for our annual OkNHD Library Day on Thursday, September 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In this virtual event, students will attend workshops for in-depth instruction on History Day fundamentals. OkNHD Library Day is free for teachers, students, and chaperones! Registration opens August 13 and closes September 21.  

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“Fear and Scapegoating during a Pandemic,” Pandemic Perspectives: Stories Through Collections (virtual)

September 29, 2020, 3 p.m.4 p.m.

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. “Fear and Scapegoating during a Pandemic,” will be…

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October 2020

“Life at Hunter’s Home” online access begins (virtual)

October 1, 2020

The folks at Hunter’s Home have created a fun and safe alternative to 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! The…

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Brown Bag Lecture Series (virtual)

October 14, 2020, 12 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 12 p.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until October 14, 2020

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host a free virtual Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture on Wednesday at noon. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the lectures will be held via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/CSRHC.

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“The Legacy of the Green Book” presentation (virtual)

October 15, 2020, 6 p.m.

On Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 6 p.m., join Smithsonian Affiliations, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and author, photographer, and cultural documentarian Candacy Taylor to explore the legacy of the Green Book, its impact on communities, businesses, and families, and its relevance today. This virtual Zoom event will be a simultaneous broadcast to select Smithsonian Affiliate partners only, including the Oklahoma History Center. After the program’s interview segment, participants will have the opportunity to submit questions in the chat.…

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Ghost Stories (virtual)

October 23, 2020

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, 2020, 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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Pawnee Bill Ghost Stories (now virtual)

October 31, 2020
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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. On the evening of Saturday, October 31, Pawnee Bill Ranch will host a ghost hunt in the mansion on Facebook Live. We will tell you all about the spirits that still live within our walls and maybe we’ll be lucky enough to catch something on video! Visit the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum Facebook page to find out more and to watch…

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

October 31, 2020, 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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November 2020

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

November 3, 2020, 3 p.m.

As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Oklahoma History Center will offer a virtual portal to the program “Voting During a Pandemic,” on Tuesday, November 3, at 3 p.m. This event is free, but preregistration is required. The program is part of a new, engaging series of online talks from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The program will use the virtual platform to present historical objects in the national collections to lend perspective on the current pandemic. By virtually sharing…

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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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“Life at Hunter’s Home” program series concludes (virtual)

November 28, 2020

The online adventure at Hunter’s Home continues in November! Hunter’s Home in Park Hill has launched a private Facebook group, “Life at Hunter’s Home,” to make in-person events and workshops available online. Access to this group is $10 for the month and includes workshops, demonstrations, discussion threads, recipes, and more. For November, the site will offer two cooking workshops, one of which will be live; a craft demonstration; a dedicated thread for members to suggest YouTube videos they would like…

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December 2020

“Life at Hunter’s Home: Winter Celebrations” begins (virtual)

December 1, 2020

December at Hunter’s Home in Park Hill is all about winter celebrations, and staff members aim to continue the tradition through the “Life at Hunter’s Home” Facebook group. The new Facebook group launched in October to bring a version of the site’s events and programs to a larger audience while keeping everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. To celebrate the holidays, the Facebook group will be free to join during the month of December. The merry activities and videos that…

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“Choctaw and Chickasaw Involvement in the Civil War and the Battle of Honey Springs” presentation by Kenny Sivard (virtual)

December 5, 2020, 1 p.m.

Honey Springs Battlefield will host a special presentation, “Choctaw and Chickasaw Involvement in the Civil War and the Battle of Honey Springs,” to be held virtually via its Facebook page on Saturday, December 5, at 1 p.m. Speaker Kenny Sivard will discuss what led the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations into the Civil War, how their governments became allied with the Confederacy and their role in the Confederate war effort. Sivard also will discuss the importance of the Choctaw and Chickasaw…

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“Life at Hunter’s Home: Winter Celebrations” concludes (virtual)

December 30, 2020

December at Hunter’s Home in Park Hill is all about winter celebrations, and staff members aim to continue the tradition through the “Life at Hunter’s Home” Facebook group. The new Facebook group launched in October to bring a version of the site’s events and programs to a larger audience while keeping everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. To celebrate the holidays, the Facebook group will be free to join during the month of December. The merry activities and videos that…

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January 2021

“Life at Hunter’s Home: The Lady of the House” begins (virtual)

During the month of January 2021 Hunter’s Home will continue digital programming centered on the lady of the house, Minerva Ross Murrell. The “Life at Hunter’s Home” Facebook group is a way to engage in the site’s events and programs from home while keeping safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. January programs will focus on medicine, mourning practices, and birthday celebrations in the 19th century. Beginning on January 5, the programming with explore 19th-century medicines and illnesses that correlate to the…

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Knitting class (virtual and on-site)

January 30, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center will present a knitting class on Saturday, January 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn basic knitting stitches and tips to create your own masterpieces! Knitting needles and yarn will be provided. This class will be available both in a socially distanced classroom and through virtual instruction. Registration is $15 for OHS members and $20 for nonmembers. This class is designed for learners twelve and older. Registration closes on January 25. Register Online  

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“Life at Hunter’s Home: The Lady of the House” concludes (virtual)

During the month of January 2021 Hunter’s Home will continue digital programming centered on the lady of the house, Minerva Ross Murrell. The “Life at Hunter’s Home” Facebook group is a way to engage in the site’s events and programs from home while keeping safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. January programs will focus on medicine, mourning practices, and birthday celebrations in the 19th century. Beginning on January 5, the programming with explore 19th-century medicines and illnesses that correlate to the…

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February 2021

“Race and Place: Yellow Fever and the Free African Society in Philadelphia,” Pandemic Perspectives: Stories Through Collections (virtual)

February 2, 3 p.m.4 p.m.

As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Oklahoma History Center will offer a virtual portal to the Smithsonian program “Race and Place: Yellow Fever and the Free African Society in Philadelphia,” on Tuesday, February 2, at 3 p.m. This event is free, but preregistration is required. The program is part of a series of online talks from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The program will use the virtual platform to present historical objects in the national collections to lend perspective…

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“Life at Hunter’s Home: Voices of Enslaved People” begins (virtual)

Hunter’s Home in Park Hill will commemorate Black History Month with programming that gives voice to the enslaved residents of the home. During the month of February, visitors can join the “Life at Hunter’s Home” Facebook group. This online offering is a way to engage with the site’s events and programs virtually while keeping safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. February programming will feature many of the people who lived and performed slave labor on the plantation, such as Susan, Ike, Nelson, Eliza,…

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“Blacks on the Oklahoma Frontier: Lawmen, Outlaws, Cowboys, Cowgirls, and Rodeos,” the third Oklahoma African American Film Festival (virtual)

The program will be available at okhistory.org/learn/filmfestival at 6 p.m. on February 6. On Saturday, February 6, 2021, at 6 p.m. the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) Black Heritage Committee will present “Blacks on the Oklahoma Frontier: Lawmen, Outlaws, Cowboys, Cowgirls, and Rodeos,” the third Oklahoma African American Film Festival. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s festival will be held virtually. The online festival is free to the public, and no registration is necessary. The focus of this year’s festival…

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“Indian Territory, 1863: Strategy & Logistics in the Decisive Year” presentation by Dr. Zac Cowsert (virtual)

Honey Springs Battlefield will host “Indian Territory, 1863: Strategy & Logistics in the Decisive Year,” a live virtual lecture on Friday, February 12 at 2 p.m. CST (3 EST). In this hour-long lecture, Dr. Zac Cowsert will explore both Union and Confederate strategies, logistical hurdles, and key engagements of the Civil War’s most decisive year in Indian Territory. A unique theater of the Civil War, commanders in Indian Territory commanded biracial and triracial armies, managed large refugee populations, and struggled…

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Reclaiming History: Our Native Daughters available online (virtual)

February 23, 8 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Oklahoma History Center will begin streaming the Smithsonian program Reclaiming History: Our Native Daughters on February 23. The program gives a behind-the-scenes look at Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell Music as they go from the studio to the stage. The stream will be available on the History Center's Facebook page until Friday, February 26. On that day, the Oklahoma History Center also will host a live-streamed panel event with Our Native…

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