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October 2021

Maps and Mapmaking: Historical Maps of Oklahoma exhibit closes

October 9
Chisholm Trail Museum and Horizon Hill, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

On November 16, the Chisholm Trail Museum (CTM) in Kingfisher opened a special temporary exhibit featuring historical maps from the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS), as well as historical surveying equipment from the museum. Maps and Mapmaking: Historical Maps of Oklahoma was created in partnership with the OHS John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick Research Center at the Oklahoma History Center. It is a traveling exhibit curated by CTM Director Jason Harris and OHS Research Director Chad Williams that will be shared with museums, libraries, and other institutions throughout the state. The exhibit will be on display at CTM through October 9.

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Will’s Barter Bash

October 9, 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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“Crinolines and separating busks: innovations in women’s fashion in the early Victorian era” by Melissa Grice

October 9, 2 p.m.4 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

On October 9, the Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School will host a “women’s day” demonstration focused on fashion developments of the 1850s and 1860s. Resident schoolmarm and historical seamstress Melissa Grice will be exploring the innovations in women’s fashion early in the Victorian era that made wearing voluminous elegant dresses more tolerable for women. Her presentation will focus on a time when ladies wore cage crinolines and crinoline petticoats to create a fashionable silhouette. She will also be…

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Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center Annual Gala

October 9, 6 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will host its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, October 9th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Stride Bank Center located at 301 South Independence Street in Enid. This will be a ticketed event. For more information call the CSRHC at 580-237-1907, or email: csrhcinfo@okhistory.org      

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Folklife Festival

October 16, 9 a.m.2 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center (OHC) will hold a Folklife Festival on Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This community-wide event will celebrate and recognize what the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has called “the everyday and intimate creativity that all of us share and pass on to the next generation.” Our goal is to collaborate with cultural practitioners, communities, and heritage professionals, to spark curiosity, catalyze intercultural exchange, and create participatory experiences. The…

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History Alive! on the Cherokee Strip

October 16, 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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Family Day at the Museum

October 16, 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, October 16 when Will Rogers Memorial Museum friend, Lea McCormick will be teaching a class all about traditional basket weaving! This event is from 1 to 3 p.m. Family Day is free, but donations are appreciated. To find out more, please call 918-341-0719 or visit www.willrogers.com.  

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“Let’s Talk About It” Book Discussion Series

October 16, 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 Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

October 20, 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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Historic Preservation Review Committee Meeting

October 21, 1:30 p.m.
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An event every 3 months that begins at 1:30 p.m. on day Third of the month, repeating until October 21, 2021

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. Current HPRC members include Ron Frantz (architect, Oklahoma City); John Hartley (prehistoric archeologist, Norman); Shirley Ballard Nero (historian, Clearview); Jana Phillips (architectural historian, Stillwater); and, Charles Wallis (historical archeologist, Norman). The HPRC’s…

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Ghost Stories Facebook live after dark virtual tour

On Friday, October 22, a special Facebook live tour of Hunter's Home after dark will take place as a virtual event, which is part of the "Life at Hunter's Home: Ghost Stories" private Facebook group offered through the month of October. By joining the private Facebook group “Life at Hunter’s Home: Ghost Stories,” viewers can enjoy complete access to special, spooky fall videos and demonstrations whenever they like through the month of October! The virtual experience will include access to…

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“Museum After Dark: Village Sounds” featuring Riley Jantzen

October 22, 7 p.m.9 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On Friday, October 22, from 7 to 9 p.m., Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter Riley Jantzen 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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Kilgen Organ performance featuring Jonas Nordwall

October 25, 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 Jonas Nordwall. This performance will be October 25 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. Jonas Nordwall is an internationally renowned virtuoso organist equally skilled in both traditional classical and modern/popular schools…

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Research Center Book Sale

October 27, 10 a.m.4:45 p.m.
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Wednesday through Saturday
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 annual book sale Wednesday, October 27, through Saturday, October 30, 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 10 a.m. to 3 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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Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors meeting

October 27, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors meetings are held on a Wednesday in January, April, July, and October 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 at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City

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Research Center Book Sale

October 28, 10 a.m.4:45 p.m.
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Wednesday through Saturday
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 annual book sale Wednesday, October 27, through Saturday, October 30, 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 10 a.m. to 3 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 29, 10 a.m.4:45 p.m.
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Wednesday through Saturday
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 annual book sale Wednesday, October 27, through Saturday, October 30, 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 10 a.m. to 3 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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Movie Night featuring Max Schreck in Nosferatu (1922)

October 29, 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, October 29, featuring Max Schreck in Nosferatu (1922). 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.

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Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit opens

October 30
Fort Gibson Historic Site, 907 North Garrison Avenue Fort Gibson, OK 74434

The Oklahoma Historical Society, in cooperation with Oklahoma Humanities, is pleased to announce that the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition Crossroads: Change in Rural America is coming to Fort Gibson Historic Site October 30–December 11, 2021.

Americans come together at the crossroads. They invest in places and build their futures where their paths cross. Small towns became centers of commerce, trade, local politics, and culture. For some, the crossroads affirmed a new life in a new place. For others, the crossroads meant hard work and hard times.

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Research Center Book Sale

October 30, 10 a.m.3 p.m.
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Wednesday through Saturday
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 annual book sale Wednesday, October 27, through Saturday, October 30, 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 10 a.m. to 3 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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Family Farm Day

October 30, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host Family Farm Day on Saturday, October 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This family activity day celebrates the agricultural heritage of the Cherokee Strip. Guests can enjoy hands-on activities, farm animals, food preparation, antique tractors, and more. Family Farm Day celebrates the proud farming heritage that built northwest Oklahoma. For additional information please call 580-237-1907 or visit www.facebook.com/CSRHC.

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Halloween Night at the Museum

October 30, 6 p.m.8 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum will host Halloween Night at the Museum on Saturday, October 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. This event combines trick-or-treating with an opportunity for children and their parents and grandparents to visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Area businesses and individuals will share treats at locations outside on the spacious museum grounds. Halloween Night at the Museum is free and open to all ages. This event has attracted hundreds of costumed characters into the museum…

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“Life at Hunter’s Home: Ghost Stories” online access concludes, virtual

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 2021. By joining the private Facebook group “Life at Hunter’s Home: Ghost Stories,” viewers can enjoy complete access to special, spooky fall videos and demonstrations whenever they like through the month…

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November 2021

History Alive! on the Cherokee Strip

November 6, 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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Space film screening

November 6, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Visit the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday, November 6, at 1 p.m. to enjoy a film screening. Explore the history of the space program and the Oklahomans connected to it, and visit our featured exhibit Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space. More details are to be announced. This program is free with paid admission to the Oklahoma History Center. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Admission is free for OHS members, children under five, and…

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Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial Commission meeting

November 9, 1:30 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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Cast Iron Cooking class

November 13, 12 p.m.4 p.m.
Chisholm Trail Museum and Horizon Hill, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Join us Saturday, November 13, from noon to 4 p.m. for a Cast Iron Cooking class. In this casual, fun class, participants will learn to care for and cook in cast-iron cookware. Participants will create a Dutch oven delight and participate in a group meal. The class will explore historical and modern recipes while learning how to cook in your backyard. All materials needed for the class will be provided. This class is restricted to adults and children 10 and…

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“Let’s Talk About It” Book Discussion Series

November 13, 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 Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

November 17, 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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Museum After Dark: Lantern Tours

November 19, 7 p.m.9 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On Friday, November 19, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will host its annual Lantern Tours. Costumed interpreters will host entertaining and educational vignettes in each of the four buildings of the Humphrey Heritage Village. Visitors will step back in time to early-day Enid where they will attend a school board meeting, listen to a church sermon, visit the land office, stroll past the Glidewell Bordello and encounter a few more surprises along the way. For more information, email csrhcinfo@okhistory.org…

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History Alive! on the Cherokee Strip

November 20, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
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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Movie Night featuring Will Rogers in They Had To See Paris (1929)

November 26, 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, November 26, featuring Will Rogers in They Had To See Paris (1929). 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.

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December 2021

Museum After Dark: Christmas in the Village

December 10, 5 p.m.9 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Come experience a Victorian Christmas in Humphrey Heritage Village at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center on Friday, December 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. Visitors will feel the warmth of holiday cheer throughout the beautifully decorated Humphrey Heritage Village. For only $5 per ticket, visitors will hear Christmas carols echoing throughout the village from local children’s choirs as they tour the Victorian-era Glidewell House. Local craftsmen will be at the event along with many other activities for the family,…

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Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit closes

December 11
Fort Gibson Historic Site, 907 North Garrison Avenue Fort Gibson, OK 74434

The Oklahoma Historical Society, in cooperation with Oklahoma Humanities, is pleased to announce that the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition Crossroads: Change in Rural America will be on display at the Fort Gibson Historic Site through December 11, 2021.

Americans come together at the crossroads. They invest in places and build their futures where their paths cross. Small towns became centers of commerce, trade, local politics, and culture. For some, the crossroads affirmed a new life in a new place. For others, the crossroads meant hard work and hard times.

Oklahomans will have a unique opportunity to consider their crossroads stories through the exhibit’s themes of rural identity, community, land, perseverance and managing change. Each site will engage visitors in complementary programming, celebrating their town’s history and accomplishments and addressing community concerns.

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting

December 15, 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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Movie Night featuring Will Rogers in Life Begins at 40

December 31, 7 a.m.9 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, December 31 featuring Will Rogers in Life Begins at 40 (1935). 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. The movie is preceded by a "shindig" on the porch featuring music, board games,…

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January 2022

Kilgen Organ performance featuring Clark Wilson

January 24, 2022, 7 p.m.8 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 Clark Wilson. This performance will be January 24 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. A native of Ohio, Clark Wilson began his musical training at age nine. While growing up he…

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March 2022

Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibit opens

March 26, 2022
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, 1141 Pawnee Bill Road Pawnee, OK 74058

The Oklahoma Historical Society, in cooperation with Oklahoma Humanities, is pleased to announce that the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition Crossroads: Change in Rural America is coming to Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum March 26–May 7, 2022.

Americans come together at the crossroads. They invest in places and build their futures where their paths cross. Small towns became centers of commerce, trade, local politics, and culture. For some, the crossroads affirmed a new life in a new place. For others, the crossroads meant hard work and hard times.

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