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History Alive! Outreach

Living history is a tool used by historians to engage and inspire the public through entertaining interactions that investigate the past. Living history characters can provide a view of the past through opinions, eye-witness accounts, clothing, and artifacts. This special programming makes history personal to the museum visitor, and they will long remember their experience. It allows for visual, sensory, and auditory learners to access the past in a way that no other education medium can match. All of our living history programs are designed for student and adult groups. The presentation will vary by the age of the audience.

Living history programs are available to both student and adult groups at the Oklahoma History Center or as an outreach program. All museum programs directly address Oklahoma content standards and correlate with Oklahoma History Center exhibits. Please email education@history.ok.gov with any questions regarding living history presentations.

School Booking Form    Non-School Booking Form

Outreach Fees

The Oklahoma City metro area outreach fee is $50 for one interpreter or $75 for two interpreters. Outside the Oklahoma City metro area, the fee is $150 for one interpreter or $200 for two.

For Schools
The outreach fees will be applied for multiple presentations depending on location. There is a 50 student minimum in the Oklahoma City metro area and a 250 student minimum outside the Oklahoma City metro area. Teachers may combine multiple schools/presentations in their area to reach the minimum number of students.

Virtual Programs

Currently, we offer a variety of virtual options for educators and other organizations to tailor the presentation. We offer a pre-recorded presentation, a combination of the pre-recorded presentation and a video streaming Q&A, or a live virtual presentation. If you select the pre-recorded presentation, you will receive a temporary link that connects to a video that you may use as many times as you choose during the week you select. If you select the pre-recorded presentation with a video streaming Q&A, you will receive both the video link and streaming link with a meeting time arranged by you and our presenters. The live virtual performance requires only a video streaming link.

Virtual Program Fees
At this time, the fees associated with our virtual living history programs are paid through a generous donation from Inasmuch Foundation.

Take Our Survey

Your feedback helps us continue to improve our programs. After your outreach visit, please take our 4–10 minute survey.

Available Living History Characters

Characters are limited based on staff and volunteer availability. A number of our programs involve the use of period or reproduction weapons. Please notify staff if this is a problem so we can help determine the best program to fit your needs. Living history performers may need a space to change into their period clothing.

Revolutionary War Soldier

Colonial Dance

1830s Beadwork Artist

Buffalo Hunter

Civil War Laundress

Civil War Soldier

Pioneer Woman


Harvey Girl

Deputy US Marshal

Dust Bowl Housewife

World War II Nurse