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February 2020

Water/Ways exhibit opens

February 18
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

The Museum of the Western Prairie will host Water/Ways, a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition, from February 18 through April 11, 2020. This exhibition is made possible by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities. Water is an important element in American culture. People are drawn to water for peace and contemplation. The sights and sounds of water make those who experience them feel connected to nature. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are…

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Southeastern Beadwork class *class is full*

February 22, 10:30 a.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

This class is full! Learn from Martha Berry, Cherokee National Treasure and nationally renowned beadwork artist, in this Southeastern Beadwork class at the Oklahoma History Center! This class will be held Saturday, February 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It includes all materials necessary to produce a pre-European contact Cherokee sun circle wall hanging. Open to participants eighteen or over, class size is limited and registration is required. The cost for the class is $150 for OHS members and…

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

February 24, 5 p.m.7 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 5 p.m. on day Last of the month, repeating until December 28, 2020

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

Visit the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry on the last Monday of each month for Blacksmithing Demonstrations in the blacksmith shop. The demonstrations will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy watching the craftsmen work and will have an opportunity for hands-on experiences. This educational event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated. For more information please call 580-336-2405.

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Lunch and Learn with Dr. Bob and Governor George Nigh

February 26, 12 p.m.1 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Add a little history to your lunch by joining Dr. Bob Blackburn and his guest, Governor George Nigh, as they explore seven decades of Oklahoma’s political history. The first installment of this monthly Lunch and Learn series with Dr. Bob will be held on Wednesday, February 26, at noon. Join us at Farmstead Cafe inside the Oklahoma History Center for some delicious local fare. Come early to purchase your lunch at Farmstead Cafe, and you will get a special Lunch…

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“It’s All About Water!” program

February 27, 7 p.m.8 p.m.
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

On Thursday, February 27, Museum of the Western Prairie will present “It’s All About Water!” at 7 p.m. A companion program to the Smithsonian on Main Street Water/Ways exhibition, “It’s All About Water!” traces the development of our community and the roles water has played in that development. The story begins with the first obstacle our early-day settlers encountered—crossing the often treacherous Red River—and then explores other challenges, like determining the main channel of Red River and thus the border between…

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Movie Night

February 28, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore will host a Movie Night in its theater on Friday, February 28, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy free popcorn and drinks while watching a film. Seating is limited, so early arrival is suggested. This event is free to attend thanks to sponsorship by the Bank of Commerce. Please call 918-341-0719 for more information.

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Voices of Hunter’s Home: Enslaved People exhibit closes

February 29
Hunter’s Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

Hunter’s Home in Park Hill will commemorate Black History Month with Voices of Hunter’s Home: Enslaved People. During the month of February, visitors will see exhibits featuring many of the people who lived and performed slave labor on the plantation, such as Susan, Ike, Nelson, Eliza, and many others who made their lives here in the years before the Civil War. The exhibits will highlight the level of skill shown by the enslaved people of Hunter’s Home, as well as take a…

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Civil War Surgeon living history program

February 29
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Listen to a firsthand account of a Union Civil War surgeon serving in Indian Territory at Honey Springs Battlefield on Saturday, February 29, starting at 1 p.m. Jason Harris, living history presenter and director of the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher, will provide a hands-on program about life in the field, Civil War medicine, treatment of soldiers, and care for refugees. On display will also be a number of medical instruments from the period. This will be a fun-filled educational…

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Antique Doll exhibit closes

February 29
Fred Drummond Home, 305 North Price Avenue Hominy, OK 74035

The Fred Drummond Home in Hominy will host an Antique Doll exhibit throughout the entire month of February. This exhibit will feature a wide array of German-made dolls, including dolls by Armand Marseille, Kestner, and Koppelsdorf. The exhibit will also include china, porcelain, and paper dolls. Along with the exhibit, visitors will learn about the history of various dolls. If you are a doll collector, an avid doll lover, or a mother or grandmother who has a special little girl…

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March 2020

Bacone College School of Indian Art exhibit opens

March 2
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center will host an exhibit featuring works from the Bacone College School of Indian Art March 2–20, 2020. The exhibit will be on display in the Cooper and Gladys West Atrium Wing and Gallery, located on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center.

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Kemnitz Sinclair Service Station exhibits opens

March 3
Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

The Cherokee Strip Museum will host an exhibit about the Kemnitz Sinclair Service Station in Perry. The exhibit will open March 3 and feature original items from the station including signs, gas pumps and globes, and even a hand-carved version of the Sinclair mascot, “Dino.” Kemnitz Sinclair Service Station is located at the southeast corner of Perry's downtown square. In 2020, the station is celebrating 83 years of continuous operation. It was built in 1937 by Mid-Continent Petroleum Company as a…

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Voices from Hunter’s Home: Women exhibit opens

March 3
Hunter’s Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

Women’s History Month at Hunter’s Home will see a continuation of  Voices from Hunter’s Home exhibits. During the month of March,  Hunter's Home will debut Voices from Hunter’s Home: Women. The site will offer discussions and demonstrations revealing how the women who lived on the plantation contributed to society and their home. Visitors can expect interpreters dressed in 19th-century clothing demonstrating crafts and trades on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Throughout the week, the home will include displays about the women who…

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“Tracing Your Roots” genealogy class

March 3, 10 a.m.12 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, repeating until April 21, 2020

Community Learning Center, Rose State, 6191 Hudiburg Drive Midwest City, OK 73110

The Oklahoma Historical Society and Rose State College will offer a seven-week class on the basics of genealogy beginning on March 3. This class meets on Tuesdays March 3 through April 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. Class will not meet on March 17 due to spring break. Students will learn how to search for their heritage online, obtain free resources that are available for research, and access materials at the Oklahoma Historical Society. The class will conclude with a…

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Living History Education Day

March 5, 9:30 a.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Individual visitors and school groups are invited to a living history event at Fort Towson Historic Site on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Educational stations will include reenactors portraying soldiers and civilians from the fort’s beginning through the 1870s. Individuals and groups will travel through the camps where the reenactors will show visitors uniforms, weapons and lifestyles of soldiers, trappers, storekeepers and other people who lived and worked in the region surrounding Fort Towson. Preregistration…

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Lantern Tours

March 6
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On Friday, March 6, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) will host Lantern Tours. After dark, visitors to the CSRHC's Humphrey Heritage Village will travel back to the early 1900s when the town of Enid was very young and wild. Lantern-led tours through the historic buildings and campsites will explore daily life, its hardships, and its rewards. Following the tour, guests can enjoy historical entertainment and refreshments. Tours begin at 7 p.m. and depart every 15 minutes. Tickets are…

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History Alive! living history experience

March 7, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
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Every other Saturday in January and February
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! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors 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…

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Women’s History Month gallery tour

March 7, 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m. the Oklahoma History Center will celebrate Women’s History Month with a guided tour of the exhibit Until We Organize: The Struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment. Doctoral candidate and curator Chelsea Burroughs will speak about the Equal Rights Amendment debate in one of the most important states—Oklahoma—and why it never passed. The exhibit explores the role of women on both sides of the debate as well as the status of women in the…

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“Tracing Your Roots” genealogy class

March 10, 10 a.m.12 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, repeating until April 21, 2020

Community Learning Center, Rose State, 6191 Hudiburg Drive Midwest City, OK 73110

The Oklahoma Historical Society and Rose State College will offer a seven-week class on the basics of genealogy beginning on March 3. This class meets on Tuesdays March 3 through April 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. Class will not meet on March 17 due to spring break. Students will learn how to search for their heritage online, obtain free resources that are available for research, and access materials at the Oklahoma Historical Society. The class will conclude with a…

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“When the Country Was New” Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture by Jenny Entsminger

March 11, 12 p.m.1 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host a free Brown Bag Lecture Luncheon on Wednesday, March 11, at noon. This month’s program will be “When the Country Was New,” presented by Jenny Entsminger. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches and learn something new! For more information please call 580-237-1907.

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

March 14, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
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This workshop is on the second Saturday of the month.
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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“Women During the Civil War” presentation by Kelly Houston

March 14, 1 p.m.2 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

In honor of Women’s History Month, Honey Springs Battlefield will host “Women During the Civil War,” presented by Kelly Houston on Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m. Kelly Houston is director of the Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City. Her presentation will include examples of items created and used by women during the Civil War Era. For more information regarding the presentation and Honey Springs Battlefield, please email honeysprings@okhistory.org or call 918-473-5572. Honey Springs Battlefield is located east of US…

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Spring Break activities

March 16, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
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An event every 2 days that begins at 1 p.m., repeating until March 20, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Five afternoons of fun, games, and learning about Will Rogers are in store for children ages 17 and younger during Spring Break, March 16–20. Activities are planned from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch near Oologah on Tuesday and Thursday. On Monday at the museum, kids will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see demonstrations of 19th-century crafts. Visitors…

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Spring Break activities

March 17, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
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An event every 2 days that begins at 1 p.m., repeating until March 19, 2020

Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Five afternoons of fun, games, and learning about Will Rogers are in store for children ages 17 and younger during Spring Break, March 16–20. Activities are planned from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch near Oologah on Tuesday and Thursday. On Monday at the museum, kids will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see demonstrations of 19th-century crafts. Visitors…

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Spring Break activities

March 18, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
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An event every 2 days that begins at 1 p.m., repeating until March 20, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Five afternoons of fun, games, and learning about Will Rogers are in store for children ages 17 and younger during Spring Break, March 16–20. Activities are planned from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch near Oologah on Tuesday and Thursday. On Monday at the museum, kids will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see demonstrations of 19th-century crafts. Visitors…

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Vernal Equinox Walks

March 19
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 First Street Spiro, OK 74959

Come celebrate the beginning of spring a little differently this year. On Thursday, March 19, there will be a series of guided Vernal Equinox Walks at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center where visitors can learn from an archaeologist about the spring equinox. There will be walks at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., led by archaeologist and manager Dennis Peterson. Each walk will take about two hours and require a mile of easy walking. Peterson will tell about this unique,…

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Spring Break activities

March 19, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
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An event every 2 days that begins at 1 p.m., repeating until March 19, 2020

Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Five afternoons of fun, games, and learning about Will Rogers are in store for children ages 17 and younger during Spring Break, March 16–20. Activities are planned from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch near Oologah on Tuesday and Thursday. On Monday at the museum, kids will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see demonstrations of 19th-century crafts. Visitors…

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“Water Conservation Efforts” presentation by Tom Buchanan

March 19, 7 p.m.8 p.m.
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

On Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. Tom Buchanan, the manager of the Lugert-Altus Irrigation District, will present “Water Conservation Efforts by the Lugert-Altus Irrigation District,” a companion program to accompany Water/Ways, the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit on display in the Museum of the Western Prairie until April 11. Buchanan will delineate the water conservation efforts undertaken by the district in the last twenty years. His presentation will be followed by a panel of young farmers, who…

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Bacone College School of Indian Art exhibit closes

March 20
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center will host an exhibit featuring works from the Bacone College School of Indian Art March 2–20, 2020. The exhibit will be on display in the Cooper and Gladys West Atrium Wing and Gallery, located on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center.

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Spring Break activities

March 20, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
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An event every 2 days that begins at 1 p.m., repeating until March 20, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

Five afternoons of fun, games, and learning about Will Rogers are in store for children ages 17 and younger during Spring Break, March 16–20. Activities are planned from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch near Oologah on Tuesday and Thursday. On Monday at the museum, kids will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see demonstrations of 19th-century crafts. Visitors…

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33rd annual Family Kite Flite Day

March 21, 9 a.m.5 p.m.
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 First Street Spiro, OK 74959

Come celebrate the beginning of spring at the 33rd annual Family Kite Flite Day at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center. Family Kite Flite Day will be held Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. This will be a free admission day at the site, although donations are appreciated. It will be a great day for families and folks of all ages. Each year since 1987, Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center has hosted a day of spring fun and learning for…

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Oklahoma Farm-to-Table Family Festival

March 21, 10 a.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center will hold the Oklahoma Farm-to-Table Family Festival on Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will experience the rich agricultural heritage of America from colonial times to modern-day innovations with hands-on activities for all ages. This festival is free and open to the public! If you would like to be one of our festival vendors, please complete the online application.

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History Alive! living history experience

March 21, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every other Saturday in January and February
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! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors 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…

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BISON exhibit closes

March 24
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is proud to host a new exhibit entitled BISON from February 11 through March 24, 2020. BISON creates an interactive environment that combines history, artifacts, and hands-on activities to bring to life the story of this great North American mammal. This exhibit tells the tragic history of this majestic animal, its rescue from near extinction, and the story of people across North America working to preserve the bison as a vibrant part of our future.…

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“Tracing Your Roots” genealogy class

March 24, 10 a.m.12 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, repeating until April 21, 2020

Community Learning Center, Rose State, 6191 Hudiburg Drive Midwest City, OK 73110

The Oklahoma Historical Society and Rose State College will offer a seven-week class on the basics of genealogy beginning on March 3. This class meets on Tuesdays March 3 through April 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. Class will not meet on March 17 due to spring break. Students will learn how to search for their heritage online, obtain free resources that are available for research, and access materials at the Oklahoma Historical Society. The class will conclude with a…

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Mysteries of Mansion Tour

March 26, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Visit the Henry Overholser Mansion in Oklahoma City for a Mysteries of the Mansion tour on Thursday at 7 p.m. This extended tour allows guests to tour the mansion at night, examine archival materials, and hear some amazing stories. Guests are asked to RSVP in advance and the cost is $20 per person. To make a reservation for this special tour, please call 405-525-5325 or email overholsermansion@preservationok.org. The Overholser Mansion is owned by the OHS and managed by Preservation Oklahoma,…

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Spring Bake Day

March 28
Fort Gibson Historic Site, 907 North Garrison Avenue Fort Gibson, OK 74434

Visit Fort Gibson Historic Site for Spring Bake Day on Saturday, March 28, at 10 a.m. The aroma of fresh-baked bread will fill the air on Garrison Hill as OHS staff and volunteers bring the bakehouse to life. Enjoy bread-making demonstrations in the original wood-fired oven from 1863. Visitors can even sample the finished product! Purchase a coffee mug in the gift shop and the bakers will be happy to fill it up. Bake Day is a fundraiser and educational…

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“Freemasonry Among the Five Tribes” presentation by T. S. Akers

March 28, 1 p.m.2 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Honey Springs Battlefield will host T. S. Akers on Saturday, March 28, at 1 p.m. He will present “Freemasonry Among the Five Tribes,” which will explore the influences of Freemasonry upon the citizens of the Five Tribes after their removal to the Indian Territory. Akers is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and curator of collections for the McAlester Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. For more information regarding the presentation and Honey Springs Battlefield,…

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

March 30, 5 p.m.7 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 5 p.m. on day Last of the month, repeating until December 28, 2020

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

Visit the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry on the last Monday of each month for Blacksmithing Demonstrations in the blacksmith shop. The demonstrations will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy watching the craftsmen work and will have an opportunity for hands-on experiences. This educational event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated. For more information please call 580-336-2405.

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“Tracing Your Roots” genealogy class

March 31, 10 a.m.12 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, repeating until April 21, 2020

Community Learning Center, Rose State, 6191 Hudiburg Drive Midwest City, OK 73110

The Oklahoma Historical Society and Rose State College will offer a seven-week class on the basics of genealogy beginning on March 3. This class meets on Tuesdays March 3 through April 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. Class will not meet on March 17 due to spring break. Students will learn how to search for their heritage online, obtain free resources that are available for research, and access materials at the Oklahoma Historical Society. The class will conclude with a…

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April 2020

Hammered Aluminum Ware exhibit opens

April 1
Fred Drummond Home, 305 North Price Avenue Hominy, OK 74035

The Fred Drummond Home is happy to announce they will be hosting a Hammered Aluminum Ware exhibit 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. From 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…

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