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October 2020

Scary Tales

October 29, 2020, 7 p.m.
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Fridays and Saturdays in October beginning on October 15.
Henry and Anna Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (POK) is excited to host Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion on October 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 29 and 30. Tours begin each evening promptly at 7 p.m. and are not come-and-go. We will begin in the Carriage House, and once a tour has begun there will not be a way to join in. If you are running late, please give us a call at 405-525-5325. Visitors will hear spooky stories…

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Wanted: Dead or Alive exhibit closes

October 30, 2020
Chisholm Trail Museum and Horizon Hill, 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. Images in the exhibit are from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the University of Oklahoma Western History Collections, the National Archives, the vast photographic archives of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and private lenders. The 38 black-and-white images on display consist…

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Scary Tales

October 30, 2020, 7 p.m.
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Fridays and Saturdays in October beginning on October 15.
Henry and Anna Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (POK) is excited to host Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion on October 9 and 10, 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 29 and 30. Tours begin each evening promptly at 7 p.m. and are not come-and-go. We will begin in the Carriage House, and once a tour has begun there will not be a way to join in. If you are running late, please give us a call at 405-525-5325. Visitors will hear spooky stories…

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Annual Quilt Show closes

October 31, 2020
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, 1141 Pawnee Bill Road Pawnee, OK 74058

Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum will host its Annual Quilt Show during the entire month of October, featuring heirloom and modern quilts from across the state. Cimarron Valley Quilt Guild and Pawnee Bill Quilt Guild members are instrumental in putting together this yearly event. There is no charge to view the quilt show, which is available to visitors during regular hours of operation. Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and…

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Pawnee Bill Ghost Stories (now virtual)

October 31, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until October 31, 2020

Please note: The in-person tours have been canceled, and Pawnee Bill Ghost Stories is now a virtual event. On the evening of Saturday, October 31, Pawnee Bill Ranch will host a ghost hunt in the mansion on Facebook Live. We will tell you all about the spirits that still live within our walls and maybe we’ll be lucky enough to catch something on video! Visit the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum Facebook page to find out more and to watch…

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“Cemetery Symbols: Carved in Stone” program (virtual)

October 31, 2020, 1 p.m.3 p.m.

Join the Oklahoma History Center as we explore the meaning behind historic gravestones in a virtual program on Saturday, October 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. Gravestones and cemeteries are rich in a language of symbols. Symbols can be difficult to interpret because their meaning changes over time. By examining the grave markers, one can learn more than just the person’s name. This virtual class will provide the skills necessary to investigate the past through tombstones. The cost is $5…

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Museum After Dark: All Hallows’ Eve

October 31, 2020, 5 p.m.9 p.m.
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 South 4th Street Enid, OK 73701

Explore the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center and the Humphrey Heritage Village, just you and your date, during Museum After Dark: All Hallows’ Eve on Saturday, October 31! Inside the museum, you will find one-on-one activities, conversation starters, and fun activities with a Halloween theme. Then take a stroll through the village after dark to see our history in a whole new light! This is a great, social distancing–friendly experience. Museum After Dark is a come and go event, starting…

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Halloween Night at the Museum

October 31, 2020, 6 p.m.8 p.m.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum will host Halloween Night at the Museum on Saturday, October 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. This event combines trick-or-treating with an opportunity for children and their parents and grandparents to visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Area businesses and individuals will share treats at locations outside on the spacious museum grounds. Halloween Night at the Museum is free and open to all ages. This event has attracted hundreds of costumed characters into the museum…

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November 2020

“Voting During a Pandemic,” Pandemic Perspectives: Stories Through Collections (virtual)

November 3, 2020, 3 p.m.

As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Oklahoma History Center will offer a virtual portal to the program “Voting During a Pandemic,” on Tuesday, November 3, at 3 p.m. This event is free, but preregistration is required. The program is part of a new, engaging series of online talks from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The program will use the virtual platform to present historical objects in the national collections to lend perspective on the current pandemic. By virtually sharing…

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Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival

November 4, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 7, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch will celebrate the 141st birthday of Oklahoma’s Favorite Son with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival Wednesday, November 4, through Saturday, November 7. Many activities are planned to honor the memory of Will Rogers, Cherokee cowboy philosopher, and movie actor. A complete schedule will be posted at www.dogirons.com/program.

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Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival

November 5, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 7, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch will celebrate the 141st birthday of Oklahoma’s Favorite Son with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival Wednesday, November 4, through Saturday, November 7. Many activities are planned to honor the memory of Will Rogers, Cherokee cowboy philosopher, and movie actor. A complete schedule will be posted at www.dogirons.com/program.

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“Contested Notions of Equality,” 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 third program, “Contested Notions of Equality,” will be held Thursday, November 5 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 to answer questions from the online audience. This online program will…

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Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival

November 6, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 7, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch will celebrate the 141st birthday of Oklahoma’s Favorite Son with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival Wednesday, November 4, through Saturday, November 7. Many activities are planned to honor the memory of Will Rogers, Cherokee cowboy philosopher, and movie actor. A complete schedule will be posted at www.dogirons.com/program.

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Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival

November 7, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 7, 2020

Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch will celebrate the 141st birthday of Oklahoma’s Favorite Son with the Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival Wednesday, November 4, through Saturday, November 7. Many activities are planned to honor the memory of Will Rogers, Cherokee cowboy philosopher, and movie actor. A complete schedule will be posted at www.dogirons.com/program.

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“Veteran Surgeon’s View of the Civil War” presentation

November 7, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

On Saturday, November 7, at 10:30 a.m., Honey Springs Battlefield will host "Veteran Surgeon's View of the Civil War," a special presentation about Civil War surgery and medicine by Dr. David Harris. Harris will be dressed in Civil War-period attire while discussing medical practices used during the war and the realities surgeons faced. His presentation will include medical artifacts and items from the era. Harris has hosted multiple programs at many Civil War sites, including Vicksburg National Military Park. This…

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History Alive! Living History Experience

November 7, 2020, 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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Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors meeting

November 10, 2020, 1 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

This Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 1 p.m., in the Chesapeake Event Center and Gallery at the Oklahoma History Center, and online via Zoom. For more information, visit www.okhistory.org/BOARD.

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Icons of the Oklahoma Prairie exhibit opens

November 14, 2020
Sod House Museum, 4628 State Highway 8 Aline, OK 73716

The intricately beautiful artwork of Burneta Venosdel will be on display at the Sod House Museum on November 14 through December 12. Icons of the Oklahoma Prairie is Venosdel’s tribute to her great-grandparents on both sides of her family. Koppitz, Wagner, McMullen, Bloom, and May were all pioneers of the area, some making the Cherokee Outlet Land Run of 1893.

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Quilting workshop with Martha Ray

November 14, 2020, 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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Basket Weaving class

November 14, 2020, 10:30 a.m.4 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center will offer a class on basket weaving by instructor Janet Newman on Saturday, November 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This very useful “Wintergreen Stripes” basket can be made by a beginning or advanced weaver. The technique used is a simple over/under weaving and twining method, finishing with a wrapped handle. Color choices will be kelly green and evening blue. The cost is $55 for OHS members and $65 for nonmembers. Registration for this class…

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“The Gateway to Oklahoma History” Second Saturday Demo

November 14, 2020, 1 p.m.3 p.m.
Fort Towson Historic Site, HC 63, Box 1580 Fort Towson, OK 74735

On Saturday, November 14, from 1 to 3 p.m., Fort Towson Historic Site will host Chad Williams, the director of the Research Division for the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS), who will present a program entitled “The Gateway to Oklahoma History” for the November installment of the Second Saturday Demo series. The Gateway to Oklahoma History is a free, online repository of Oklahoma history that is continually being updated. Using The Gateway, patrons can search and view over three million historic…

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Maps and Mapmaking: Historical Maps of Oklahoma exhibit opens

November 16, 2020
Chisholm Trail Museum and Horizon Hill, 605 Zellers Avenue Kingfisher, OK 73750

On November 16, the Chisholm Trail Museum (CTM) in Kingfisher will open a special temporary exhibit featuring historical maps from the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS), as well as historical surveying equipment from the museum.

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Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space exhibit opens

November 17, 2020
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On November 17, 2020, the Oklahoma History Center (OHC) will open Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space. This exhibit focuses on the many Oklahomans who played a part in the US air and space program, as well as early Oklahoma pioneers of aviation. To celebrate the opening of Launch to Landing, as well as the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma History Center, the OHC will offer free admission to the public Tuesday, November 17, through Saturday, November 21, sponsored by the Inasmuch Foundation.

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Oklahoma History Center’s 15th Anniversary Celebration

November 17, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 21, 2020

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Oklahoma History Center, all visitors will receive free admission beginning Tuesday, November 17, through Saturday, November 21, sponsored by the Inasmuch Foundation.

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Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial Commission meeting

November 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Route 66 Centennial Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 17, at 1:30 p.m. in the Clark and Kay Musser Learning Lab at the Oklahoma History Center.

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Oklahoma History Center’s 15th Anniversary Celebration

November 18, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 21, 2020

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Oklahoma History Center, all visitors will receive free admission beginning Tuesday, November 17, through Saturday, November 21, sponsored by the Inasmuch Foundation.

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Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Committee meeting *Canceled*

November 18, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

This meeting has been canceled.

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Oklahoma History Center’s 15th Anniversary Celebration

November 19, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 21, 2020

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Oklahoma History Center, all visitors will receive free admission beginning Tuesday, November 17, through Saturday, November 21, sponsored by the Inasmuch Foundation.

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Oklahoma History Center’s 15th Anniversary Celebration

November 20, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 21, 2020

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Oklahoma History Center, all visitors will receive free admission beginning Tuesday, November 17, through Saturday, November 21, sponsored by the Inasmuch Foundation.

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Until We Organize: The Struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment exhibit closes

November 21, 2020
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma History Center is pleased to host a special exhibit titled Until We Organize: The Struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment. The fight for an amendment to the US Constitution stating gender equality has been ongoing since the 1920s. The effort to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) heated up in the late 1970s when the ratification process made its way to individual states, including Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma History Center’s 15th Anniversary Celebration

November 21, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12 a.m., repeating until November 21, 2020

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Oklahoma History Center, all visitors will receive free admission beginning Tuesday, November 17, through Saturday, November 21, sponsored by the Inasmuch Foundation.

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History Alive! Living History Experience

November 21, 2020, 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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Born Dry: Prohibition in Oklahoma exhibit opens

November 25, 2020
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

On Wednesday, November 25, the Oklahoma History Center will open its newest exhibit, Born Dry: Prohibition in Oklahoma. Featuring 25 black-and-white photographs taken during the decades-long fight over prohibition in Oklahoma, this exhibit explores the debate over the legality of alcohol sales through historical imagery.

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Christmas in the Village

November 27, 2020, 5 p.m.9 p.m.
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An event every week that begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, repeating until December 18, 2020

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

Come safely experience a socially distanced Victorian Christmas in the Humphrey Heritage Village at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) starting this Friday, November 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. Christmas in the Village will take place each Friday evening between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with the final celebration happening on Friday, December 18. In order to keep the staff, volunteers, and the public as safe as possible, the CSRHC is creating a different experience for Christmas in the Village…

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“Life at Hunter’s Home” program series concludes (virtual)

November 28, 2020

The online adventure at Hunter’s Home continues in November! Hunter’s Home in Park Hill has launched a private Facebook group, “Life at Hunter’s Home,” to make in-person events and workshops available online. Access to this group is $10 for the month and includes workshops, demonstrations, discussion threads, recipes, and more. For November, the site will offer two cooking workshops, one of which will be live; a craft demonstration; a dedicated thread for members to suggest YouTube videos they would like…

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December 2020

“Child’s Play: Dolls of Native America” exhibit closes

December 1, 2020
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Historical Society’s Office of American Indian Culture and Preservation has opened a new, educational exhibit, Child’s Play: Dolls of Native America. The exhibit highlights more than 65 dolls and doll makers from different American Indian tribes. The exhibit will not only present the importance of dolls as children’s toys but also their significance as an art form and a way to document styles and materials used in making traditional tribal clothing. The exhibit includes selected biographies of doll…

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“Life at Hunter’s Home: Winter Celebrations” begins (virtual)

December 1, 2020

December at Hunter’s Home in Park Hill is all about winter celebrations, and staff members aim to continue the tradition through the “Life at Hunter’s Home” Facebook group. The new Facebook group launched in October to bring a version of the site’s events and programs to a larger audience while keeping everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. To celebrate the holidays, the Facebook group will be free to join during the month of December. The merry activities and videos that…

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Will’s Country Christmas

December 4, 2020, 5 p.m.9 p.m.
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December 4 and 5
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 9501 East 380 Road Oologah, OK 74053

Visit Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch in Oologah for Will’s Country Christmas on Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. The ranch house will be decorated for an Indian Territory Christmas. The evening will include crafts, camel and pony rides, 19th-century games, carriage rides, train rides and food trucks. Guests will also have the opportunity to take a Wild West hayride by the shores of Oologah Lake. Admission to Will’s Country Christmas is free, but there…

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Christmas in the Village

December 4, 2020, 5 p.m.9 p.m.
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An event every week that begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, repeating until December 18, 2020

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

Come safely experience a socially distanced Victorian Christmas in the Humphrey Heritage Village at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (CSRHC) starting this Friday, November 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. Christmas in the Village will take place each Friday evening between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with the final celebration happening on Friday, December 18. In order to keep the staff, volunteers, and the public as safe as possible, the CSRHC is creating a different experience for Christmas in the Village…

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The Spirit of Greenwood/1921 Tulsa Race Massacre exhibit opens

December 5, 2020
Honey Springs Battlefield, 423159 E 1030 Road Checotah, OK 74426

Beginning on December 5, the Honey Springs Battlefield will host the traveling exhibit The Spirit of Greenwood/1921 Tulsa Race Massacre from the Tulsa Historical Society. The exhibit explores the history, prosperity, and perseverance of the earliest Black residents of the Greenwood area and the tragic confluence of events of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The exhibit will be on display inside the visitor center from Saturday, December 5, to Saturday, December 19. Admission to the Honey Springs Battlefield Visitor Center is…

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