Education Classes and Programs
at the Oklahoma History Center
History Alive! James Armistead Lafayette
Thursday, February 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Oklahoma History Center is honored to present Colonial Williamsburg’s Stephen Seals in a portrayal of James Armistead Lafayette. Join us for this special presentation Thursday, February 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will take place in the Chesapeake Event Center. Admission is $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.
Southeastern Beadwork class
Saturday, February 22, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn from Martha Berry, Cherokee National Treasure and nationally renowned beadwork artist, in this Southeastern Beadwork class! This class includes all materials necessary to produce a pre-European contact Cherokee sun circle wall hanging. Open to participants eighteen or over, class size is limited and registration is required. The cost for the class is $150 for OHS members and $175 for nonmembers. Registration closes on February 11. To learn more about Martha Berry, visit www.berrybeadwork.com.
Women’s History Month gallery tour
Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m.
The Oklahoma History Center will celebrate Women’s History Month with a guided tour of the exhibit Until We Organize: The Struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment. Doctoral candidate and curator Chelsea Burroughs will speak about the Equal Rights Amendment debate in one of the most important states—Oklahoma—and why it never passed. The exhibit explores the role of women on both sides of the debate as well as the status of women in the state and the country in the 1970s. This program is included with paid admission to the Oklahoma History Center.
Oklahoma Farm-to-Table Family Festival
Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitors will experience the rich agricultural heritage of America from colonial times to modern-day innovations with hands-on activities for all ages. This festival is free and open to the public.
If you would like to be one of our festival vendors, please complete the online application.
Brush Calligraphy class
Saturday, April 18, 1 to 3 p.m.
Learn basic brush and pen strokes to create beautiful pieces of art! The cost for this class is $10 for OHS members and $20 for nonmembers. All materials are included and registration is required. This class is recommended for ages twelve and up. Registration opens on March 7 and closes on April 9.
Milliner (hat-making) class
Saturday, May 2, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn the history of Edwardian milliners and create your own hat! This class is recommended for ages twelve and up. Registration is $50 for OHS members and $70 for nonmembers, and includes all supplies. Registration opens on March 21 and closes on April 15.
Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story film screening
Saturday, June 27, 1 to 3 p.m.
Eighty-five years after the implementation of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) by President Roosevelt, the Oklahoma History Center and the Smithsonian Channel are excited to present a screening of Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story. In the grip of the Great Depression, unemployed men and women joined an unlikely WPA program to document America in guidebooks and interviews with the Federal Writers’ Project. From that experience, some of America’s great writers documented in riveting detail life during the Great Depression and helped launch talents such as Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, John Cheever, Richard Wright, Studs Terkel, Margaret Walker, Nelson Algren, and Jim Thompson. This film screening is included with paid admission to the Oklahoma History Center.
National History Day Boot Camp
Thursday, July 30, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Teachers, would you like to bring project-based learning and critical thinking skills into your classroom? Come to National History Day Boot Camp to learn about this adaptable curriculum for students grades 6 to 12. This program will be held Thursday, July 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is $10 for OHS members and $15 for nonmembers. Registration opens June 18 and closes July 14.
Back to School Bash
Thursday, August 6, 6 to 8 p.m.
Educators, get ready for resources galore! Come to the Oklahoma History Center for free resources covering everything from science to social studies from museums and organizations around the state. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. This event is free, but we ask that you preregister.
Smithsonian Channel film screening
Saturday, September 19, 1 to 3 p.m.
The Oklahoma History Center will show a Smithsonian Channel film as we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Details to be announced. This screening is included with paid admission to the Oklahoma History Center.
OkNHD Library Day
Thursday, September 24, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us for our annual OkNHD Library Day at the Oklahoma History Center on September 24, 2020, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will research in the Research Center and 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 17.
“Cemetery Symbols: Carved in Stone” program
Saturday, October 31, 1 to 3 p.m.
Join us as we explore the meaning behind historic gravestones. 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 class will provide the skills necessary to investigate the past through tombstones. The cost is $5 for OHS members and $10 for nonmembers. Registration opens on September 19 and closes on October 15.
To find out about all OHS classes, programs, and events across the state, view the online calendar.