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Heritage Plants Lecture

Saturday, July 16, 2022 | 1 to 3 p.m.
On Saturday, July 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Oklahoma History Center will have a presentation about Oklahoma's native and heritage plants for guests age 12 and up. A tour of the beautiful gardens of the Red River Journey at the Oklahoma History Center will follow the presentation.

The cost of this program is free with admission to the Oklahoma History Center. This presentation will be taking place in the Musser Learning Lab of the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center and end in a walking tour.

For more information about this event, contact Torie Taylor at ttaylor@okhistory.org.

The Red River Journey includes colorful flowers, lush trees, and a view of the Capitol

OCSS Summer Social Studies Conference

Tuesday, July 26, 2022
The Summer Social Studies Conference will be held in-person on Tuesday, July 26, at the Oklahoma History Center. The Oklahoma Summer Social Studies Coalition is a partnership of organizations working together to provide relevant educator training and resources to prepare student success in today’s world.

There will be a wide variety of conference sessions available at this event, along with multiple vendors and resources to help teachers prepare for the next school year! Registration is now open for educators, students, and vendors.

Register Online

National History Day Boot Camp

Thursday, July 28, 2022 | 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Oklahoma History Center will host a National History Day Boot Camp on Thursday, July 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop will show middle and high school teachers how to bring project-based learning and critical thinking skills into their classrooms through the adaptable curriculum of the National History Day program for students grades 6–12.

The workshop cost is $10 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $15 for non-members. The class will take place in the Musser Learning Lab at the Oklahoma History Center. A link will be provided to those attending virtually. Registration is open now and closes on Tuesday, July 19.

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OMA’s Back to School Bash

Thursday, August 4, 2022 | 5 to 7 p.m.
Educators, get ready for resources galore! The Oklahoma Museums Association’s (OMA) Back to School Bash will take place at the Oklahoma History Center on August 4, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m. We will have door prize giveaways and plenty of free resources from museums and organizations around the state to help you plan for the upcoming school year. This event is free, but we ask that attendees preregister.

Register to Attend

Vendors, get ready for a great evening showing educators all the resources you have to offer! All vendors will need to bring a door prize valued at $50 or more on the day of the event. If your organization is interested in participating in this year’s event, please complete our vendor form.

A small crowd of people view History Day booths and speak with History Center staff

Folklife Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Oklahoma History Center invites organizations to participate in the 2022 Folklife Festival. This festival is designed to engage visitors with opportunities to experience other cultures and traditions. Visitors are there to participate in the activities, not just observe. The festival’s goal is to spark curiosity, catalyze intercultural exchange, create participatory experiences, and to collaborate with cultural practitioners, communities, and heritage professionals. This event will be held predominately outdoors and admission is free to the public.

If your organization would like to participate in this event, please complete our online form.

The Folklife Festival is an education-focused event sponsored in part by Inasmuch Foundation.

Cemetery Symbols: Carved in Stone

Saturday, October 29, 2022 | 1 to 3 p.m.
Join the Oklahoma History Center to explore the meaning behind historic gravestones in a virtual program on Saturday, October 29, 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 in-person class for ages 16 and up will provide the skills necessary to investigate the past through tombstones.

This program will take place in the Musser Learning Lab at the Oklahoma History Center. The cost is $5 for OHS members and $10 for nonmembers. Registration opens on September 17 and closes on October 20.

A folk art–style carving of an angel on a grave marker.

Choctaw Code Talkers documentary film screening

Saturday, November 12, 2022 | 1 to 3 p.m.
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, on Saturday, November 12, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Oklahoma History Center will screen the documentary of Choctaw Code Talkers.

In 1918, although the Choctaw soldiers of the US American Expeditionary Forces were not considered citizens of the country, they served, using the Choctaw language as a powerful tool against the German Forces in World War I. Their inventiveness and courage set a precedent for code talking as an effective military weapon, establishing them as America’s original Code Talkers.

This film will be shown in the Chesapeake Event Center and Gallery on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center (OHC). The cost of the film screening is included with admission to the OHC.

The 19 Choctaw Code Talkers were Albert Billy, Mitchell Bobb, Victor Brown, Ben Carterby, Benjamin Colbert, George Davenport, Joseph Davenport, James Edwards, Tobias Frazier, Ben Hampton, Noel Johnson, Otis Leader, Solomon Louis, Pete Maytubby, Jeff Nelson, Joseph Oklahombi, Robert Taylor, C. Walter Veach, and Calvin Wilson. Learn more about Code Talkers in The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture.

Historic image of Code Talkers in uniform.

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