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December 2018

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

December 6, 2018, 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 December workshop series will be December 5–7, 2018, at the Oklahoma History Center. The workshops will be held in the Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab, located inside the Research Center. These workshops are free and open to the public, but we ask that you preregister. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Register online or by contacting Jesse Matthews at 405-521-6249 or jmatthews@okhistory.org. Register Online The Section…

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All Things Santa: The Art of Larry Greer exhibit opening and program, Museum of the Western Prairie

December 6, 2018, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive Altus, OK 73521

The Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus will open a new holiday exhibit, All Things Santa: The Art of Larry Greer, on Thursday, December 6, at 6:30 pm, with a premiere program beginning at 7 pm. This exhibit opening and program is free and open to the public. This event is hosted by the Western Trail Historical Society. For many years, the late Larry Greer of Frederick would create a portrait of Santa Claus and offer both the original…

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Christmas in the Village, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

December 7, 2018
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Visit the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center on Friday, December 7, for Christmas in the Village. Bring your family and be enchanted by the Heritage Center’s beautifully adorned Victorian Christmas village all aglow. Visitors will escape to a simpler time and experience Christmas in the Cherokee Outlet as it was more than 100 years ago. Children’s choirs from various schools and churches in the greater Enid area will be singing in the village church, the village buildings will be open…

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Working with the National Register of Historic Places workshop, Oklahoma History Center

December 7, 2018, 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 December workshop series will be December 5–7, 2018, at the Oklahoma History Center. The workshops will be held in the Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab, located inside the Research Center. These workshops are free and open to the public, but we ask that you preregister. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Register online or by contacting Jesse Matthews at 405-521-6249 or jmatthews@okhistory.org. Register Online The Working…

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Holiday Happening Open House, Pioneer Woman Museum

December 8, 2018, 10 a.m.5 p.m.
Pioneer Woman Museum, 701 Monument Road Ponca City, OK 74604

The Pioneer Woman Museum is pleased to participate in the Ponca City Holiday Happening this holiday season. The museum will host a Holiday Happening Open House from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, December 8. Listen to Mrs. Claus read Christmas stories to children, enjoy the North Pole decorations, and have your photo taken with Abominable Snowman! We will have cookie decorating from 10 am to 2 pm. Visitors can also enjoy hot cocoa, wassail, and cookies. Free gift wrapping…

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Guthrie’s Historic Homes Tour and wassail at the Carnegie Library, Oklahoma Territorial Museum

December 8, 2018, 10 a.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma Territorial Museum, 406 East Oklahoma Avenue Guthrie, OK 73044

The Carnegie Library will be part of Guthrie’s Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, December 8, from 10 am to 4 pm. Guthrie’s finest homes, churches, and the Carnegie Library will be dressed for the season. Visitors will enjoy tales of the early days of Oklahoma’s first capital. The Carnegie Library will be serving wassail to warm the hearts and hands of tour participants. For more information please call 405-282-1889.

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Holiday Open House, Chisholm Trail Museum and A. J. Seay Mansion

December 8, 2018, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Visit the Chisholm Trail Museum and A. J. Seay Mansion for a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 8, from 1 to 3 pm. The museum will offer family-friendly entertainment including music, holiday-themed crafts, ornament decorating, cookies and cocoa, living history characters, and more! Activities are free with museum admission and are available while supplies last. Please call 405-375-5176 for more information.

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18th Annual Christmas Open House, Hunter’s Home

December 9, 2018, 1 p.m.4 p.m.
Hunter’s Home, 19479 East Murrell Home Road Park Hill, OK 74451

On Sunday, December 9, from 1 to 4 pm, Hunter’s Home will host its 18th annual Christmas Open House. Visitors will see the home and general store decorated for the holiday season and will enjoy cider and snacks while sitting around a roaring fire. For more information please call 918-456-2751 or visit www.facebook.com/huntershomeok.

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“Holiday Goodies” Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program by Melissa Thomas, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

December 12, 2018, 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 in Enid will host a free Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program on Wednesday, December 12, at noon. Apron Strings owner and operator Melissa Thomas will talk about and share holiday goodies. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches and learn something new! For more information please call 580-237-1907.

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Mingle at the Mansion, Henry Overholser Mansion

December 14, 2018, 6 p.m.8 p.m.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

For decades, the Henry Overholser Mansion served as a place for bustling holiday parties and festivities. The home was adorned with decorations, and the rooms were filled with merriment and yuletide cheer. Those days will return when Preservation Oklahoma (POK) presents the second annual “Designer Holiday at the Overholser Mansion,” an event where POK partners with some of Oklahoma City’s most talented interior designers to deck our historic halls for the holiday season. The decorated rooms will be available for…

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Christmas at the Fort, Fort Towson Historic Site

December 15, 2018, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Join us at the Fort Towson Historic Site for Christmas at the Fort on Saturday, December 15, from 1 to 3 pm. Visitors can bundle up and enjoy a riding tour of the grounds that will end at the sutler store, where there will be coffee, cocoa, and refreshments. There also will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures with Santa. For more information about the event, please call John Davis at 580-873-2634 or email jdavis@okhistory.org. Fort Towson Historic Site…

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Christmas Open House *rescheduled*, Fred Drummond Home

December 15, 2018, 1 p.m.4 p.m.
Fred Drummond Home, 305 North Price Avenue Hominy, OK 74035

The Friends of the Fred Drummond Home are happy to announce that the annual Christmas Open House will be held on Saturday, December 15, from 1 to 4 pm. Every room of the house will be decorated for the Christmas season, and open house tours will be available. At the end of the tour, guests can enjoy an assortment of Christmas goodies and something yummy to drink. As a bonus, Santa Claus will be on hand to pass out treats…

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Christmas Open House and live Southern Gospel music by Gary Booze *rescheduled*, Sod House Museum

December 15, 2018, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

Celebrate Christmas the pioneer way at the Sod House Museum’s Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 15, from 1 to 3 pm. Share in the festivities with songs, traditional decorations, and treats provided by the Friends of the Sod House. Gary Booze of Aline will share Christmas and southern gospel music during the event. Southern gospel music has been around for many years, it began as a blend of early mountain music, cowboy music, and music from plantations of the…

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Civil War Christmas Party, Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center

December 15, 2018, 3 p.m.5 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, 101601 South 4232 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center is excited to announce its first-ever Civil War Christmas themed event to be held on Saturday, December 15, from 3 to 5 pm. The event will be fun for adults and children alike. Children are encouraged to bring their smiles and wish lists to the Visitor Center, where they will have the opportunity to sit, talk, and take photographs with Santa. There also will be Christmas crafts, a coloring contest, Civil War soldiers dressed in…

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Winter Solstice Walks, Spiro Mound Archaeological Center

December 21, 2018
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 First Street Spiro, OK 74959

Come to the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center on Friday, December 21, 2018, for guided walks to learn about the winter solstice and how prehistoric American Indians dealt with the changes in the seasons. Archaeologist and manager Dennis Peterson will lead guided tours starting at 11 am, 2 pm, and 7 pm. Each walk will take about two hours and require a mile of easy walking. The pace of life today is so rushed and hectic that the natural rhythms of…

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A Designer Holiday ends, Henry Overholser Mansion

December 21, 2018
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

For decades, the Henry Overholser Mansion served as a place for bustling holiday parties and festivities. The home was adorned with decorations and the rooms were filled with merriment and yuletide cheer. This year, those days return when Preservation Oklahoma (POK) presents the second annual “Designer Holiday at the Overholser Mansion,” an event where POK partners with some of Oklahoma City’s most talented interior designers to deck our historic halls for the holiday season. The decorated rooms will be available…

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Enduring Legacy: Photos of the Otoe-Missouria People exhibit closes, Pioneer Woman Museum

December 29, 2018
Pioneer Woman Museum, 701 Monument Road Ponca City, OK 74604

The Pioneer Woman Museum is pleased to host a traveling exhibit entitled Enduring Legacy: Photos of the Otoe-Missouria People. It is on display now through December 29, 2018. The exhibit features historic photographs and artifacts from the Otoe-Missouria Tribe. The exhibit began in 2011 as an outreach project of the Otoe-Missouria Public Information Office. The items on display were either donated by tribal members or included following agreements with museums and archives across the United States. Visit www.omtribe.org to learn…

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January 2019

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program

January 9, 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 Lunch and Learn program on Wednesday, January 9, at noon. This month’s presenter will be announced soon. 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

January 12, 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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“Finding My Family Roots” Second Saturday Demo

January 12, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Visit Fort Towson Historic Site on Saturday, January 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. for “Finding My Family Roots.” Chad Williams, director of the Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division, will be onsite for a question and answer session about genealogy. He will provide information about websites and tools to help you trace your family tree. Attendees also will learn the steps that need to be taken to begin your search. Don’t miss out on this informational discussion! This program is…

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Will Work For … exhibit opens

January 15
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center is proud to announce the debut of the latest Mike Wimmer project, Will Work For ..., on Tuesday, January 15. This exhibit is comprised of 17 portraits and will be displayed in the Vose Atrium Gallery. It will be open for public viewing Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through June 2019. Wimmer describes himself as a “natural observer of people and all the differences that make…

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Historic Preservation Review Committee meeting *Canceled*

January 17, 1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The January 17 HPRC meeting has been canceled. The National Park Service regulations governing the SHPO’s programs require that a qualified state review board participate in the NRHP and other SHPO programs. During each meeting, the HPRC hears presentations on NRHP nominations from SHPO staff and consultants; receives comments from owners of properties proposed for nomination; listens to public comments and concerns; and formulates recommendations to the SHPO about whether or not a property should be nominated. The HPRC and…

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Showing of Helicopter Missions: Vietnam Firefight

January 19, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center (OHC) is pleased to announce the showing of Helicopter Missions: Vietnam Firefight on Saturday, January 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. The program will be moderated by former Huey helicopter pilot, retired Captain Bob Ford. The cost is included in admission to the OHC. Helicopter Missions: Vietnam Firefight tells the story of one of the most dangerous helicopter missions of the war. A company of more than 100 South Vietnamese soldiers, led by US Special Forces,…

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Layered Lives exhibit opening reception

January 19, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid is pleased to present Layered Lives, an exhibit running from January 15 to February 16, 2019, in the J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation Gallery. The exhibit features the artwork of Oklahoma artists Jena Kodesh of Tonkawa and Jill Webber of Stillwater. An artist’s reception to celebrate the exhibit opening will be held on Saturday, January 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. A Brown Bag Lunch and Learn lecture featuring a…

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Calligraphy class *Class is Full*

January 26, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Calligraphy class is full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please call 405-522-0793 or complete the registration form. The Oklahoma History Center will host a Calligraphy class on Saturday, January 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 for OHS members and $20 for the general public and includes all necessary materials. For more information please call 405-522-0793.

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“The Diary of a Union Soldier from Kansas” presentation

January 26, 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, 101601 South 4232 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center near Checotah is honored to announce a special presentation, “The Diary of a Union Soldier from Kansas,” to be held at the battlefield’s Visitor Center on Saturday, January 26, at 1 p.m. Tom Wing, assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith and editor of the book entitled “A Rough Introduction to This Sunny Land”: The Civil War Diary of Private Henry A. Strong, Co. K, Twelfth Kansas Infantry, will speak about…

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World War I Resources from National History Day

January 26, 1 p.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

This program for teachers focuses on resources and lessons for teaching about World War I. This class is free but preregistration is required. The deadline to register is January 16. For more information, please call 405-522-0793. Register Online

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2019 Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Historic Places Unveiling event

January 30, 5:30 p.m.7 p.m.
Henry Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

On Monday, March 4, Preservation Oklahoma (POK) will unveil the 2019 list of Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Historic Places. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the newly renovated Carriage House of the Overholser Mansion. The unveiling serves as the official kickoff of statewide activities focused on the 2019 list and also raises funds that allow POK to advance its mission of promoting historic preservation statewide. Attendees can also enjoy tours of the Overholser Mansion, a showcase of preservation…

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February 2019

Antique Doll exhibit opens

February 1
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. There also will be a large group of china and porcelain dolls. Of course, paper dolls will be included too! Along with the beautiful dolls on display, visitors will be able to learn about the history of various dolls. If you are a doll…

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

February 1
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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History Alive! Young Martha Washington

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

The Oklahoma History Center is honored to present Colonial Williamsburg’s Katharine Pittman in a portrayal of America’s “Lady Washington,” Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. The performance will be Thursday, February 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will take place in the Chesapeake Event Center. Admission costs are $10 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $20 for nonmembers. There is no reserved seating, so early arrival is recommended. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 405-522-0765.…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

February 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 June 8, 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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Milliner (hat-making) class

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

Learn the history of Edwardian milliners and create your own hat!  The Oklahoma History Center will offer a Milliners class on Saturday, February, 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $50 for OHS members and $70 for nonmembers, and includes lunch and all supplies. This class is recommended for ages ten and up. Registration is now open, but class size is limited. The deadline to register is January 30. Register soon, this class will fill up fast! Register Online

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Oklahoma Black Heritage Film Festival

February 9, 12 p.m.5 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society’s Black Heritage Committee will present an African American film festival and workshop at the Oklahoma History Center on Saturday, February 9, from noon to 5 p.m. The event will feature Oklahoma filmmakers and films pertaining to the Sooner State. The festival is free and open to the public, with limiting seating. At 2:30 p.m. writer and producer Robert Burch of OETA and ShIronbutterfly Ray of Muskogee’s Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival, will lead a…

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“Ask the Archaeologist” Second Saturday Demo

February 9, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Visit Fort Towson Historic Site on Saturday, February 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. for “Ask the Archaeologist.” Do you have a family heirloom or a personal discovery you have a question about? No matter if it is an arrowhead, spear point, stone tool, or some other item that you think may have historic significance, bring it out and let Dr. Amanda Regnier tell you about it! Dr. Regnier is the director of the Oklahoma Archeological Survey. This program is free…

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“Out of the Box” Kilgen Organ performance featuring Nathan Avakian

February 11, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center will offer the first Kilgen Organ performance of the 2019 season entitled “Out of the Box” on Monday, February 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Devon Great Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for OHS members and $20 for the general public. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 405-522-0765. Appropriately named, this performance will offer selections and methods of presentation that are not usually associated with a…

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Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program

February 13, 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 in Enid will host a free Brown Bag Lunch and Learn program on Wednesday, February 13, at noon. This month’s presenters will be Jena Kodesh of Tonkawa and Jill Webber of Stillwater, two artists currently featured in the Layered Lives exhibit. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches and learn something new! Layered Lives will be on display from January 15 through February 16 in the J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation Gallery.…

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Layered Lives exhibit closes

February 16
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid is pleased to present Layered Lives, an exhibit running from January 15 to February 16, 2019, in the J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation Gallery. The exhibit features the artwork of Oklahoma artists Jena Kodesh of Tonkawa and Jill Webber of Stillwater. An artist’s reception to celebrate the exhibit opening will be held on Saturday, January 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. A Brown Bag Lunch and Learn lecture featuring a…

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“History of Fort Supply” presentation by Bob Rea

February 16, 10 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

Historian Bob Rea will give a presentation about the history of Fort Supply and its role in the development of northwest Oklahoma at the Sod House Museum on Saturday, February 16, at 10 a.m. Rea will cover the time period from 1868 to 1894, when Fort Supply was involved in two major Indian Wars campaigns, kept the peace in the Cherokee Outlet, and policed the opening of the area to white settlement. Bob Rea obtained a bachelor’s degree in history…

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“Where the Legends Went” presentation

February 16, 1 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center, 101601 South 4232 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitor Center near Checotah is excited to announce a special multimedia program to be held on Saturday, February 16, at 1 p.m. Legacy Keepers R Us founder, ShIronbutterfly Ray, and Oscar Ray Sr. will present “Where the Legends Went.” The presentation will highlight the organization’s ongoing efforts to keep history alive, honor legends, and recruit potential members. The program is free to the public, but donations are appreciated. The program will honor legendary figures in Oklahoma’s…

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