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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.


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.


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

Available Living History Characters

We offer diverse characters in addition to those pictured below. Other options include, but are not limited to African American, Asian American, American Indian, roughnecks, cowboys, soldiers, and more! If you would like to request a character that is not listed on this page, please specify which character in the "Other" field on the booking form. Please note: advanced notice of at least two weeks is required for a special character/speaker requests and availability cannot be guaranteed.

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.

School Booking Form    Non-School Booking Form

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