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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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