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May 2019

Victorian Tea

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

Just in time for Mother’s Day, gather with us at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) for a high tea on Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event will celebrate all of the women in our lives. The menu will include tasty finger sandwiches, sweet treats, and various flavors of tea and lemonade. A special living history program and spring fashion show will be presented. Guests are encouraged to dress in their finest, including hats…

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The Section 106 Review Process: A Workshop for Agency Officials and Cultural Resource Management Consultants

May 8, 10:30 a.m.4:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office May workshop series will be held May 8–10, 2019, in the Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center. The Section 106 Review Process: A Workshop for Agency Officials and Cultural Resource Management Consultants workshop will be Wednesday, May 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act provides that Federal agencies must consider the effect of their undertakings…

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“126 Years and Counting: A History of the Oklahoma Historical Society” Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program by Kathy Dickson

May 8, 12 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will host a free Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program on Wednesday, May 8, at noon. This month’s presenter will be Kathy Dickson, OHS director of museums and historic sites. Dickson’s presentation is titled “126 Years and Counting: A History of the Oklahoma Historical Society.” Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches and learn something new! The Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program series is sponsored by Park Avenue Thrift of Enid. For more…

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Working with the National Register of Historic Places workshop

May 9, 10:30 a.m.4:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office May workshop series will be held May 8–10, 2019, in the Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center. The Working with the National Register of Historic Places workshop will be held Thursday, May 9, from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. The National Register of Historic Places is the foundation of the SHPO's programs, and a basic understanding of the register is essential for those…

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Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings workshop

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

The Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office May workshop series will be held May 8–10, 2019, in the Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center. The Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings workshop will be Friday, May 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In this workshop, participants will learn about the federal and state investment tax credits for certified rehabilitation of a certified historic structure. A detailed discussion of the Historic Preservation…

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The Secretary’s Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings workshop

May 10, 1:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office May workshop series will be held May 8–10, 2019, in the Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center. The Secretary's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings workshop will be Friday, May 10, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The workshop features a discussion of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation. Generally known as The Standards, these common-sense principles are widely used in…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

May 11, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
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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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Archaeology Day

May 11, 9 a.m.5 p.m.
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 First Street Spiro, OK 74959

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will hold it 14th annual Archaeology Day/Birthday Bash on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The site will celebrate its 41st year of increasing awareness of Oklahoma archaeology. As a bonus, Archaeology Day will be a free day with no entrance fees, although donations are gratefully accepted. All day during the celebration, items will be given away by drawing and 41st birthday cake will be served. If you have artifacts, like arrowheads or…

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Rural Heritage Festival *Canceled*

May 11, 10 a.m.3 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Museum, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

This event has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. The Cherokee Strip Museum will host its Rural Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The festival provides an educational and fun experience to the public that will increase awareness of the rural heritage of Oklahoma. Living history interpreters will conduct demonstrations throughout the day to help visitors understand traditional skills and lifestyles associated with agriculture and rural communities. Admission to this annual event is free. A…

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“Hugo Lake Dam Tour” Second Saturday Demo

May 11, 12:15 p.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

On Saturday, May 11, the Second Saturday Demo at Fort Towson Historic Site will take to the road. Participants will meet at 12:15 p.m. at Fort Towson and then proceed to the Hugo Lake Dam near Sawyer for a tour of the inner workings of this water control structure. Chris Lynch will guide visitors on this unique experience and explain the details of the dam. For more information about the event, please call John Davis at 580-873-2634 or email jdavis@okhistory.org.…

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Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844–2012 exhibit opens

May 15
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is pleased to present a special exhibit entitled Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844–2012. This is a traveling exhibit from ExhibitsUSA and it features an array of historic political posters. Sign of the Times will be on display May 15 through August 16. This exhibit is included with regular museum admission. For more information please call 580-237-1907.

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Mysteries of the Mansion tour

May 16, 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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Archaeological workshop and 2019 Most Endangered Places exhibit *Canceled*

May 18, 11 a.m.2 p.m.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

This event has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Join us on Saturday, May 18, for an interactive workshop led by the Oklahoma Archeological Survey at Henry Overholser Mansion. The workshop will last from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the discussion of prehistory and what to do if you have found a site beginning at 1 p.m. This free workshop will be presented by research faculty from the Oklahoma Archeological Survey (OAS) at the University of…

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“The First Indian Home Guard” presentation by author Dr. Jane Johansson

May 18, 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is honored to announce a special presentation, “The First Indian Home Guard,” to be held at the battlefield’s Visitor Center on Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. Dr. Jane Johansson, professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Rogers State University and editor of the book Albert C. Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier will speak about the regiment’s unique history in relation to…

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Family Day at the Ranch

May 18, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Visit the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch for Family Day at the Ranch on May 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. The beautiful setting of the ranch is the perfect place for an afternoon of nature hikes and birdwatching on the trails. Hiking sticks and field notebooks for sketching birds will be available for purchase. Family Day at the Ranch is free to attend, and donations are appreciated. Please call 918-341-0719 for more information. The Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch is located…

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“Her Story: The Forgotten Women of History, Part II” program

May 18, 2 p.m.3 p.m.
Pioneer Woman Museum, 701 Monument Road Ponca City, OK 74604

The Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City will host a program titled “Her Story: The Forgotten Women of History, Part II” on Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. The program will be presented by Keith Fagan, historical interpreter at the Pioneer Woman Museum. Tickets are $5 and include admission to the museum. For more information please call 580-765-6108.

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Urban Campout *Canceled*

May 18, 4:30 p.m.May 19, 10 a.m.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

This event has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Join Preservation Oklahoma, Inc., for Urban Campout, a fun evening under the stars on the grounds of the Overholser Mansion from 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, to 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 19. The evening will feature outdoor activities, a tour of the mansion and sleeping under the beautiful Oklahoma sky. On-site security is provided. The cost is $100 per campsite, which includes space for up to…

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“Women in Comics” program

May 23, 5:30 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Pioneer Woman Museum, 701 Monument Road Ponca City, OK 74604

The Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City will host a program titled “Women in Comics” on Thursday, May 23, at 5:30 p.m. The program will be presented by Jeff Provine, professor at Oklahoma City Community College. It is being held in conjunction with the museum’s newest exhibit, Wonder Women: The Evolution of Women in Comics. Tickets are $5 and include admission to the museum. For more information please call 580-765-6108.

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Movie Night featuring State Fair (1933)

May 24, 7 p.m.9 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 newly renovated theater on Friday, May 24, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy free popcorn and drinks while watching State Fair (1933). This event is free to attend. Please call 918-341-0719 for more information.

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Apron Strings: Ties to the Past exhibit closes

May 25
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

Visitors can explore the history of the apron through the exhibit Apron Strings: Ties to the Past now through May 25 at the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus. Although taken for granted by many social and art historians, the apron is the subject of a fascinating reevaluation in this popular ExhibitsUSA exhibition. Featuring 51 vintage and contemporary examples, the exhibition chronicles changing attitudes toward women and domestic work. It surveys the wide range of design and craft techniques…

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Tour de Quartz exhibit opens

May 25
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

From May 25 to June 29, the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus will host Tour de Quartz, a selection of artwork created by Oklahoma high school students during the 2018 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. Each student artist is represented by one piece of artwork in Tour de Quartz. The exhibition of 20 photographs and 19 paintings will be on display in the First Gallery of the museum. During their two-week residency at Quartz Mountain, students…

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“Print Making” Family Fun Day

May 25, 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. Join us on Saturday, May 25, for print making! 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. Please call 580-237-1907 for more information.

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Performance by Navy Band Southwest

May 28, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center is proud to announce an upcoming performance of Navy Band Southwest on Tuesday, May 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The concert is open to the public at no charge.

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Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George exhibit closes

May 31
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

The Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher will host a traveling exhibit, Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George, from February 1 through May 31, 2019. This unique exhibit from the Oklahoma History Center features 1930s and 1940s images from the collection of railroad photographs taken by Preston George. George photographed trains in his spare time while working as a civil engineer in Colorado and Oklahoma. Born in 1906 in Indian Territory, George’s interest in trains began at an…

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June 2019

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!: The Origin of Modern Musical Theatre exhibit opens

June 1
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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Annual Pioneer Woman Museum Golf Tournament

June 1, 8 a.m.1 p.m.
Lew Wentz Memorial Golf Course, 2928 L. A. Cann Drive Ponca City, OK 74604

Grab your clubs and head to the Annual Pioneer Woman Museum Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration and check in will open at 7 a.m. This tournament is a fundraiser to benefit the Pioneer Woman Museum and Statue. The cost is $50 per person (or $200 for a four-man team). Carts and lunch are included. Sign up to play or be a sponsor at www.pioneerwomanmuseum.com. You can also register by calling 580-765-6108 or…

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Family Day at the Ranch

June 1, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Visit the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch on June 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. for Family Day at the Ranch. Participants will learn the basics of carpentry as the first 20 build a birdhouse together. Visitors also can enjoy a scenic stroll through the expansive property, with beautiful views of Oologah Lake, a longhorn herd and many shade trees—perfect for picnicking. Family Day at the Ranch is free to attend, and donations are appreciated. Please call 918-341-0719 for more information.…

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The Green Book: Guide to Freedom film screening

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

The Oklahoma History Center will offer a screening of the Smithsonian Channel documentary The Green Book: Guide to Freedom on Saturday, June 1, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Chesapeake Event Center at the Oklahoma History Center, located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. This film explores how and why African American postal employee Victor Hugo Green developed and published a guidebook that allowed black travelers to embrace the adventure of road trips while navigating safe passage…

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“Angie Debo: Daughter of the Prairie” presentation by Patricia Loughlin

June 4, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

On Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m., at the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus author and historian Patricia Loughlin will discuss her recent children’s book Angie Debo: Daughter of the Prairie. Utilizing excerpts from Debo’s childhood diary, Loughlin provides an inspiring account of the life of Angie Debo chronicling her early years in Marshall, Oklahoma Territory, growing up on a farm with her parents and going to the local school. In the book, the author also explains the…

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Okietales

June 5, 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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Homecoming activities

June 8
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Visit Fort Towson Historic Site on Saturday, June 8, to celebrate the town of Fort Towson’s homecoming. The day’s activities will begin at 10 a.m. with a homecoming parade through downtown Fort Towson. A barbecue lunch will be served on the fort’s grounds from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Catch up with old friends and meet some new ones! A pony express race will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a long-distance horse race. The festivities will conclude with a…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

June 8, 9 a.m.11 a.m.
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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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Dutch Oven Cooking class

June 8, 9 a.m.1 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Learn a variety of historic recipes as you create a dish and discover how to use a Dutch oven in your backyard in a hands-on cooking class for teens and adults. Registration is $20 for OHS members and $30 for the general public, and includes all necessary materials. Registration opens on April 27 and closes on June 5. For more information, please email education@okhistory.org. Register Online

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Broadway Comes to Altus: Act II

June 10, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
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Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

The Museum of the Western Prairie will host “Broadway Comes to Altus: Act II,” the second in a series of three musical performances. The show will be presented twice: once at 7 p.m. on Monday evening, June 10, and again at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, June 11. The audience will enjoy an evening of tunes from classic Broadway musicals performed by some favorite local musicians under the direction of Donna Tucker. Each performance will be capped at 100 audience…

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Chautauqua in the Park

June 11June 15
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Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Enid Chautauqua invites guests to step back in time with stories and anecdotes from historical figures at its annual Chautauqua in the Park on June 11–15 at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. Daily workshops will be held in the Humphrey Heritage Village Church at 10:30 a.m. and noon, with nightly performances and local entertainment too! Gates open at 6 p.m. Join us under the big tent on the green in Humphrey Heritage Village, where dinner and concessions will be…

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Broadway Comes to Altus: Act II

June 11, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
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An event every day that begins at 7 p.m., repeating until June 11, 2019

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

The Museum of the Western Prairie will host “Broadway Comes to Altus: Act II,” the second in a series of three musical performances. The show will be presented twice: once at 7 p.m. on Monday evening, June 10, and again at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, June 11. The audience will enjoy an evening of tunes from classic Broadway musicals performed by some favorite local musicians under the direction of Donna Tucker. Each performance will be capped at 100 audience…

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Okietales

June 12, 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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Summer Soiree

June 15, 7 p.m.9 p.m.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Preservation Oklahoma will host its fourth annual summer fundraising party, Summer Soiree, on Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m., presented by Joy Homes. Taking place on the lawn of the Overholser Mansion, the Summer Soiree will include live music, dancing, drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a raffle as well as all the glitz and glamour of the roaring ‘20s. All proceeds benefit the work of Preservation Oklahoma, including its stewardship of the 1903 Henry Overholser Mansion. All funds raised from…

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Juneteenth program with Carmen Fields

June 17, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 North Hartford Avenue Tulsa, OK 74106

On Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m., the Oklahoma Historical Society will celebrate Juneteenth by hosting an evening with acclaimed journalist Carmen Fields in Tulsa. The Monday, June 17, interview will be conducted by former Senator Judy Eason McIntyre at the Rudisill Regional Library at 1520 North Hartford Avenue in Tulsa, in conjunction with OKPOP.  The event is free to the public, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Shirley Ann Ballard Nero Endowment Fund. Doors will open at…

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Juneteenth program with Carmen Fields

June 18, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m., the Oklahoma Historical Society will celebrate Juneteenth by hosting an evening with acclaimed journalist Carmen Fields at the Oklahoma History Center. This “Inside the Actors Studio”-style interview will be conducted by Oklahoma City journalist Joyce Jackson. The event is free to the public, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Shirley Ann Ballard Nero Endowment Fund. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tulsa native Carmen Fields earned a bachelor’s degree from Lincoln…

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