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August 2020

History Alive! Living History Experience

August 1, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
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First and third Saturday of the month
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Back to School Bash (virtual)

Educators, get ready for resources galore! This year's Back to School Bash will be a virtual event on August 6 at 4 p.m. We will have door prize giveaways on Facebook Live, and plenty of information online to help you plan for the upcoming school year.

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Basket Making workshop with Linda Lou Alexander

August 8, 9 a.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

Fort Towson Historic Site is proud to present a Basket Making workshop on August 8, 2020. Instructor Linda Lou Alexander will teach participants the art of basket weaving in this hands-on workshop. Attendees will get to take home a completed basket! This program will start at 9 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m. Since there is no food service at Fort Towson, attendees should plan to bring their own lunch. Preregistration is required and the cost is $45 per person,…

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

August 8, 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 12, 2021

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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Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program Workshop (virtual)

The Oklahoma Historical Society will host an online workshop to inform the public about the application process for the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program on Wednesday, August 12, at 11 a.m. This virtual workshop will provide guidance for groups interested in applying for this grants-in-aid program, which sets aside $500,000 to award grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 to municipal, county, or tribal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations, as well as the support groups for these entities. All not-for-profit applicants…

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Brown Bag Lecture Series (virtual)

August 12, 12 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 12 p.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until October 14, 2020

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host a free virtual Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture on Wednesday at noon. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the lectures will be held via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/CSRHC.

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“The Fluidity of Power,” This Land is Herland series presentation (virtual)

The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center are pleased to present This Land is Herland, a series of programs on women’s activism in Oklahoma sponsored by Oklahoma Humanities. The first program, “The Fluidity of Power,” will take place on Thursday, August 13 at 7 p.m.

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Will Rogers and Wiley Post Fly-In

August 15, 7:30 a.m.
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

On Saturday, August 15, starting at 7:30 a.m., aviation enthusiasts will mark 85 years to the day since Will Rogers and Wiley Post died in an Alaska plane crash. To honor their memory, pilots of over 125 small planes will land on a 2,000-foot grass strip at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, adjacent to the house where Rogers was born in 1879. The fly-in is one of the largest in Oklahoma and is a special opportunity for the public to…

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Bright Golden Haze: Reflections exhibit closes

August 15, 10 a.m.5 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center (OHC) is proud to announce an invitation from Oklahoma Contemporary to participate in a multi-organization collaboration exhibition entitled Bright Golden Haze: Reflections. This exhibition is created in conjunction with Bright Golden Haze, the inaugural exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary. The OHC outdoor installation will open to the public on June 15 and remain on display until August 15. Oklahoma Contemporary is an organization founded over three decades ago to encourage artistic expression in all its forms through…

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National Day of Remembrance (virtual)

A National Day of Remembrance will be held as a Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. on the same day as the Will Rogers and Wiley Post Fly-In. This ceremony will mark the tragic loss of the lives of Will Rogers and Wiley Post. The service will also honor all those who have lost their lives in a small airplane crash. This event will be held on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/WRBirthplace.

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“What Do I Do with My Treasures?” workshop

August 15, 10 a.m.
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

The Sod House Museum near Aline will host a workshop called “What Do I Do with My Treasures?” by Martha Ray on Saturday, August 15, at 10 a.m. The workshop will cover what items to save, what to dispose of, what to ask your children or younger family members if they would like to keep, and how to correctly store those treasured objects you cannot bear to let go. Ray’s workshop discussion topics will include what items to donate and…

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History Alive! Living History Experience

August 15, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
First and third Saturday of the month
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Jena Kodesh Art Show featuring Cheryl Swanson and Linda Heller closes

August 19
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Three artists have joined their creative efforts in a new art exhibition on display at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. Their collective pieces center around the theme “found in Oklahoma.” Kodesh is a fine arts educator at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid. Her artwork takes the form of printmaking and painting with a special interest in organic forms. The art show will remain open to the public through August 19. Every year the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center hosts…

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62nd Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Sit-Ins (virtual)

August 19, 6:30 a.m.6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m., the Clara Luper Legacy Committee will present a virtual program celebrating the 62nd anniversary of the beginning of the Oklahoma City sit-in movement on its website, www.claraluperlegacy.com. For the last two years, the committee has held a celebration at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s event will be shared online. The speakers at this commemoration will include Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, Marilyn Luper…

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“Suffrage Stories: A Complicated Narrative” lecture (virtual)

Join the Oklahoma History Center to explore the history and legacy of women’s suffrage. On Thursday, August 27, 2020, at 5 p.m., 16 Smithsonian Affiliates, in collaboration with scholars from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, will present a special online lecture “Suffrage Stories: A Complicated Narrative.” This hour-long program will include presentations by three speakers, with an opportunity for audience participants to submit questions at the end. The event…

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Wanted: Dead or Alive exhibit opens

August 28
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

Friday, August 28, Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher will open its newest exhibit, Wanted: Dead or Alive. This photography exhibit is comprised of images of some of Oklahoma’s most infamous criminals and will be on display until October 30, 2020.

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Movie Night featuring The Great Ziegfeld *Canceled*

August 28, 7 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

This event has been canceled.

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Traditional Trades Day *Canceled*

August 29
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

This event has been canceled.

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

August 31, 5 p.m.7 p.m.
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An event every month that begins at 5 p.m. on day Last of the month, repeating until December 28, 2020

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

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

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September 2020

American Farmer exhibit opens

September 1
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

On Tuesday, September 1, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will open a new exhibit titled American Farmer. The exhibit showcases the selected work of forty-five images from the collection of photographer Paul Mobley.

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History Alive! Living History Experience

September 5, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
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First and third Saturday of the month
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Brown Bag Lecture Series (virtual)

September 9, 12 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 12 p.m. on day Second of the month, repeating until October 14, 2020

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid will host a free virtual Brown Bag Luncheon Lecture on Wednesday at noon. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the lectures will be held via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/CSRHC.

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

September 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 June 12, 2021

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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Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program Workshop (virtual)

The Oklahoma Historical Society will host an online workshop to inform the public about the application process for the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program on Tuesday, September 15, at 1 p.m. This virtual workshop will provide guidance for groups interested in applying for this grants-in-aid program, which sets aside $500,000 to award grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 to municipal, county or tribal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations, as well as the support groups for these entities. All not-for-profit applicants…

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting (virtual and on-site)

September 16, 1:30 p.m.
Cain’s Ballroom, 423 North Main Street Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103

A meeting of the Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee will take place on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Oklahoma History Center and online via Zoom. The Oklahoma History Center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

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“We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing Pandemics” program (virtual)

September 18, 12 p.m.1 p.m.

Join the Oklahoma History Center on Friday, September 18, 2020, at noon, for “We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing Pandemics.” Eighteen Smithsonian Affiliates, in collaboration with researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, will present this special online program. This hour-long program will feature a presentation from researchers in the Global Health Program and will include the opportunity for audience participants to submit questions in the chat. The event will be a simultaneous broadcast to Smithsonian Affiliate partners across the…

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History of a One-Room School exhibit opens

September 19
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

On Saturday, September 19, the Sod House Museum will open a new exhibit exploring one-room schoolhouses in rural Oklahoma. In History of a One-Room School, schoolhouse desks, books, and a washstand, among many other artifacts, will evoke memories of a bygone era when these one-room, one-teacher schools dotted the landscape. These simply built structures, supported by local farmers and merchants, served as a place to educate children, hold community meetings, and host social gatherings.

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Cast-Iron Cooking class *Canceled*

September 19, 9 a.m.1 p.m.
Chisholm Trail Museum, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

This event has been canceled.

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“The History of One-Room Schools” presentation by Brenda Dixon

September 19, 10 a.m.
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

On Saturday, September 19, at 10 a.m., Brenda Dixon, a retired teacher, will give a presentation about one-room schools in conjunction with the exhibit History of a One-Room School. She will explore the history of the one-room schoolhouses that were common to Oklahoma Territory. Learn how teachers adapted their lesson plans to instruct students from first through eighth grade using McGuffey Readers and teaching penmanship, arithmetic, and geography. Dixon’s great-grandfather donated land and was influential in an effort to encourage…

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History Alive! Living History Experience

September 19, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
|Recurring Event (See all)
First and third Saturday of the month
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Step back in time and experience life on the Cherokee Strip during History Alive! at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) in Enid. On the first and third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic buildings in the CSRHC’s Humphrey Heritage Village will come alive with reenactors tending their shops, working their trades, or socializing at the Village Church. Visitors can learn about different skills and trades of the time, or file their own…

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Honey Springs Battlefield Guided Trail Walks

September 19, 11 a.m.3 p.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Honey Springs Battlefield is excited to announce guided trail walks on the battlefield led by site director Adam Lynn on Saturday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for visitors to check out the brand-new informative trail signs and to ask questions about the largest Civil War conflict to take place in present-day Oklahoma. The guided tours will be limited to groups of eight, and all attendees will be required to wear masks…

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Family Day at the Birthplace Ranch

September 19, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch will host Family Day at the Ranch on Saturday, September 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, visitors will get a glimpse of what life was like in the early days of the ranch during Will Rogers’s childhood! Demonstrations and activities include butter churning, using a washboard, and rope making. Family Day at the Ranch is free and open to the public, and donations are appreciated.

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The Pacific War in Color: From the Ashes screening

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

The Oklahoma History Center will show a Smithsonian Channel film on Saturday, September 19, as we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. This screening is from 1 to 3 p.m. and is included with paid admission to the Oklahoma History Center. By the summer of 1945, the Allies are reducing Japan to ashes, but there's no sign of surrender. While a ground invasion seems imminent, a casualty estimate of US soldiers in the hundreds of…

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Autumnal Equinox Walks *Canceled*

September 22
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154 First Street Spiro, OK 74959

This event has been canceled due to rain and restrictions pertaining to COVID-19.

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Meet and Greet with Photographer Paul Mobley *Postponed*

September 22, 3 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

This event has been postponed until October.

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“The Gendered Politics of Civil Rights,” This Land is Herland series presentation (virtual)

Registration for this program is now closed. The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center are pleased to present This Land is Herland, a series of programs on women’s activism in Oklahoma sponsored by Oklahoma Humanities. The second program, “The Gendered Politics of Civil Rights,” will take place online on Tuesday, September 22, at 7 p.m. The event will be conducted virtually and will include presentations by three scholars. Following the presentations, the scholars will be available…

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OkNHD Library Day (virtual)

September 24, 10:30 a.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Join us for our annual OkNHD Library Day on Thursday, September 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In this virtual event, students will attend workshops for in-depth instruction on History Day fundamentals. OkNHD Library Day is free for teachers, students, and chaperones! Registration opens August 13 and closes September 21.  

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Blacksmithing Demonstrations

September 24, 5 p.m.7 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Museum and Rose Hill School, 2617 West Fir Street Perry, OK 73077

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

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Movie Night featuring Charlie Chaplin film *Canceled*

September 25, 7 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

This event has been canceled.

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“Fear and Scapegoating during a Pandemic,” Pandemic Perspectives: Stories Through Collections (virtual)

September 29, 3 p.m.4 p.m.

The National Museum of American History is launching an engaging series of talks that combine questions raised by the current pandemics and historic objects in the national collections. Curators and historians will virtually share objects, using them as a springboard for a lively discussion that explores how the past can help us better understand the present. The format will be a moderated dialogue among the panelists with the audience posing additional questions. “Fear and Scapegoating during a Pandemic,” will be…

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