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July 2019

National Day of the Cowboy celebration

July 27
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, 1141 Pawnee Bill Road Pawnee, OK 74058

Celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy at Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum on Saturday, July 27. This year, you can attend the rescheduled Wild West Show—it’s the perfect way to join the nationwide celebration! Tickets are now on sale! Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum will celebrate the theme “Women of the Wild West Shows” during this year’s re-creation of Pawnee Bill’s Original Wild West Show on Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27. Preshow entertainment begins at 7 p.m.…

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“The Revolutionary War Your Mother Didn’t Tell You About” living history program

July 27, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Genealogical Society and the Oklahoma Historical Society will present a Revolutionary War living history program on Saturday, July 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. Historian Mike Sheriff will give this presentation in two parts. It will begin with a first-person narrative of a 1783 Virginia regimental soldier talking about the American War of Independence. This will include events leading up the war, some battles, the life of a soldier, the division between people living in the colonies, and…

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“My Family Tree” Family Fun Day

July 27, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On the last Saturday of each month, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will host Family Fun Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Each Saturday will feature a different theme and activity. All activities and supplies are included with admission and all family members are encouraged to participate. The theme for Saturday, July 27, will be “My Family Tree.” Please call 580-237-1907 for more information.

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

July 29, 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 August 26, 2019

Cherokee Strip Museum, 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 new 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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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!: The Origin of Modern Musical Theatre exhibit closes

July 31
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

The Museum of the Western Prairie will host the Oklahoma History Center’s traveling exhibit Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!: The Origin of Modern Musical Theatre from June 1 to July 31. The exhibit tells the story of the iconic musical Oklahoma! from its origins to the present. More than 75 years after Rodgers and Hammerstein adapted Lynn Riggs’s play Green Grow the Lilacs into Oklahoma!, the duo’s first collaboration remains one of their most celebrated productions. Often considered the first modern…

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Okietales

July 31, 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, repeating until July 31, 2019

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

Join the Oklahoma History Center for Okietales each Wednesday in June and July from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Okietales is a one-of-a-kind reading and storytelling time where kids see and hear history! This program is for kids five and older. The cost is $2 for OHS members and $4 for the general public. Please note: Okietales will not be held on Wednesday, July 3.

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August 2019

Back to School Bash

August 1, 6 p.m.8 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Educators, get ready for resources galore! This year's Back to School Bash will be held Thursday, August 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. Come to the Oklahoma History Center for free resources covering everything from science to social studies from museums and organizations around the state. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. This event is free, but we ask that you preregister. Register Online

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Historical Timeline Candlelight Tour

August 2, 7 p.m.9 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Bring the entire family to watch history come alive on Friday, August 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. Walk back in time with this theatre-style program as you visit each of our five historical scenes. Tickets are $10 for OHS members and $20 for the general public. Registration opens June 21 and closes July 26. For more information or to receive a reminder when registration opens, please email education@okhistory.org.

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“Finding the Girls” genealogy program

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

The Oklahoma Historical Society will present “Finding the Girls” on Saturday, August 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. Persons researching their families for any length of time have encountered the problems with researching females. In our society, their names change with marriage, and in the past, females could not own property or enter into contracts, which makes locating them in legal records even more difficult. So, what’s a researcher to do? Learn how to consider the times and some of the techniques for researching the females in your…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

August 10, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
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An event every month that begins at 9 a.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until November 9, 2019

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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Mysteries of the Mansion tour

August 15, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
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Mysteries of the Mansion tours are held on the third Thursday of the month.
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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Living History Training Interpretive Class

August 16, 10:30 a.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Ever wondered how living history or reenactor characters are created? The Oklahoma History Center will offer a Living History Training Interpretive class on Friday, August 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come learn all the tips, tricks, and interesting stories behind creating a character. The cost is $40 for OHS members and $50 for the general public. Registration opens July 5 and closes August 7. For more information or to receive a reminder when registration opens, please email education@okhistory.org.

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“UCO: the Best-Kept Secret in the OKC Metro Area” program

August 21, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society will present “UCO: the Best-Kept Secret in the OKC Metro Area” Wednesday, August 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. Nicole Willard will speak about collections at University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). The Max Chambers Library, Archives, and Special Collections at the UCO has a rich tradition of collecting materials to document the history of the university, Edmond, and other Oklahoma communities. In this session, you will learn about special collections that may help with your genealogical research. Nicole…

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

August 26, 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 August 26, 2019

Cherokee Strip Museum, 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 new 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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Traditional Trades Day

August 31, 10 a.m.2 p.m.
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Join us at the Chisholm Trail Museum and explore several traditional trades and skills on Saturday, August 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Traditional trades and skills were the lifeblood of the community for decades, and craftsmen provided the items necessary for everyday life. Come explore a variety of trades and skills including woodworking, blacksmithing, fiber arts, laundry, and more. This family-friendly event is free.

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September 2019

Septemberfest

September 7, 10 a.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Come one, come all to Septemberfest! The 23rd annual Septemberfest will be held on Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free festival offers food and fun for the whole family, with activities inside and outside the Oklahoma History Center.

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

September 14, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
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An event every month that begins at 9 a.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until November 9, 2019

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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Canning and Preserving Class

September 14, 10 a.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma State University Oklahoma County Extension Center, 2500 Northeast 63rd Street Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Come learn how to can and preserve jelly with Extension Educator Taylor Conner at the Oklahoma State University Oklahoma County Extension Center on Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This class is for ages twelve and older, and registration is $20 for OHS members and $30 for the general public. Registration opens August 10. For more information or to receive a reminder when registration opens, please email education@okhistory.org.

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Mysteries of the Mansion tour

September 19, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
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Mysteries of the Mansion tours are held on the third Thursday of the month.
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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October 2019

Chuck Wagon Gathering and Dinner

October 5
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Join us at the Chisholm Trail Museum for a day filled with cowboy fun on Saturday, October 5. Drop in and see a variety of working chuck wagons from across the region as they prepare some of their favorite dishes. Daytime activities include music, Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, blacksmithing, Straka longhorns, and more. Daytime activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum will close at 4 p.m. to prepare for dinner. Tickets are available in advance for the…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

October 12, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
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An event every month that begins at 9 a.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until November 9, 2019

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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Historic Preservation Review Committee meeting

October 17, 1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
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The HPRC meets quarterly.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is pleased to announce the Oklahoma Historic Preservation Review Committee’s (HPRC) meeting schedule for 2019. 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 archaeologist, Norman); Shirley Ballard Nero (historian, Clearview); Jana Phillips (architectural historian, Stillwater); and Charles Wallis (historical archaeologist, Norman). The HPRC’s 2019…

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November 2019

Honey Springs Battle Reenactment

November 2
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 3, 2019

Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

This biannual event will include two battle reenactments and self-guided tours through the Union, Confederate, and civilian camps. Witness military drills, demonstrations, and living history programs. Sutlers Row will feature a number of vendors selling clothes, books, souvenirs, and reproduction 19th-century military equipment. Visitors from around the state come to see special presentations and watch the battle. This reenactment is a scripted battle, meaning the reenactor companies and regiments make the same actions that were taken in the original battle, on…

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LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 film screening and discussion

November 2, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center will host a screening of LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 on Saturday, November 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. Comanche filmmaker Julianna Brannum chronicles the life of Comanche activist and national civil rights leader LaDonna Harris in this film. Brannum, the great-niece of Harris, celebrates her life and the personal struggles that led her to become a voice for Native people and her contemporary work to strengthen and rebuild indigenous communities, and train emerging Native leaders around…

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Lawn Social and Dance

November 2, 6 p.m.9 p.m.
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

This event has been rescheduled for November 2. Join the Chisholm Trail Museum for our fall lawn social and dance at Horizon Hill, the home of territorial governor A. J. Seay. This free event will be held Saturday, November 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. Lawn socials and dances were a common activity in Oklahoma Territory in the 1890s after. Activities will include lawn games, music, dancing, a cake walk, pie auction, and more. Dance instructions will be provided.

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Honey Springs Battle Reenactment

November 3
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 3, 2019

Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

This biannual event will include two battle reenactments and self-guided tours through the Union, Confederate, and civilian camps. Witness military drills, demonstrations, and living history programs. Sutlers Row will feature a number of vendors selling clothes, books, souvenirs, and reproduction 19th-century military equipment. Visitors from around the state come to see special presentations and watch the battle. This reenactment is a scripted battle, meaning the reenactor companies and regiments make the same actions that were taken in the original battle, on…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

November 9, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
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An event every month that begins at 9 a.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until November 9, 2019

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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Jewelry Beadwork class

November 16, 10:30 a.m.4:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Learn how to make a beautiful beaded collar necklace and matching earrings with artist Tracy Newkumet-Burrows on Saturday, November 16, at the Oklahoma History Center. Registration opens September 4 and closes November 6. The cost is $125 for OHS members and $150 for the general public and all materials are included. For more information or to receive a reminder when registration opens, please email education@okhistory.org.

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December 2019

Deck the Halls!

December 7, 10:30 a.m.12 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Who doesn’t like a good sale and holiday music? Come to the Oklahoma History Center for our annual Museum Store sale, holiday music played on the Kilgen Organ, and free crafts for crafts. Deck the Halls! is a family-friendly event and is free with paid admission to the museum.

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April 2020

Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference

April 22, 2020
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The conference is Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Sequoyah State Park, 19808 Park 10 Hulbert, OK 74441

Join the OHS and our host, the City of Wagoner, at Sequoyah State Park on April 22–24, 2020. The Oklahoma Historical Society presents an annual conference in April. Each year the conference focuses on a different theme pertaining to Oklahoma history, preservation, and culture. Conference sessions are presented by historians, authors, and scholars from around the state and country. The conference also includes the annual meeting of the OHS membership. Optional activities typically include a reception, tours, a conference luncheon,…

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Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference

April 23, 2020
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The conference is Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Sequoyah State Park, 19808 Park 10 Hulbert, OK 74441

Join the OHS and our host, the City of Wagoner, at Sequoyah State Park on April 22–24, 2020. The Oklahoma Historical Society presents an annual conference in April. Each year the conference focuses on a different theme pertaining to Oklahoma history, preservation, and culture. Conference sessions are presented by historians, authors, and scholars from around the state and country. The conference also includes the annual meeting of the OHS membership. Optional activities typically include a reception, tours, a conference luncheon,…

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Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference

April 24, 2020
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The conference is Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Sequoyah State Park, 19808 Park 10 Hulbert, OK 74441

Join the OHS and our host, the City of Wagoner, at Sequoyah State Park on April 22–24, 2020. The Oklahoma Historical Society presents an annual conference in April. Each year the conference focuses on a different theme pertaining to Oklahoma history, preservation, and culture. Conference sessions are presented by historians, authors, and scholars from around the state and country. The conference also includes the annual meeting of the OHS membership. Optional activities typically include a reception, tours, a conference luncheon,…

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