June 9, 2021

Honey Springs Battlefield is pleased to announce a unique tour opportunity at the site. Students from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) will serve as tour guides on the six trails that cross the 1,100-acre battlefield on two Saturdays in both June and July—June 12 and 26 and July 3 and 17. This series of tours coincides with the annual memorial of the battle on July 17 at 10:30 a.m. The students will point out the exact locations of military actions, highlight key aspects of the engagement, and discuss its historical importance.

Normally, the park and its six trails are self-guided with a total of 55 trail markers. Through a special historical interpretation course taught by Dr. James Finck at USAO, students will travel approximately three hours from their classroom in Chickasha to serve as tour guides at Honey Springs Battlefield. Already trained about the battle and the trails during the class, these students will add to the overall visitor experience by interpreting key elements of the engagement in the environment where the events occurred.

Join the fun this year when the Pioneer Woman Museum and Statue celebrate the old-fashioned way with Pioneer Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a community-friendly event that will include old-fashioned games and crafts, Dutch oven cooking, and more. This free event is fun for the whole family!

For more information about any of the upcoming events at the Pioneer Woman Museum and Statue, please call 580-765-6108 or visit www.pioneerwomanmuseum.com. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It has a large gift store with many made-in-Oklahoma items! All proceeds support the Pioneer Woman Museum and Statue.

The 2021 Enid Summer Chautauqua programs, "20th-century Visionaries: Catalysts for Change," will take place virtually Tuesday through Saturday, June 15–19. Through a blend of live and prerecorded broadcasts, viewers can step back in time with each of the historical figures to hear stories and anecdotes from unique, first-person perspectives. Daily workshops will be held at 10:30 a.m. and noon, with the nightly featured performances beginning at 7 p.m.

Scholars for Summer Chautauqua are Doug Mishler, portraying Gene Roddenberry; Karen Vuranch, portraying Gertrude Bell; John Dennis Anderson, portraying Marshall McLuhan; Susan Marie Frontczak, portraying Marie Curie; and Ted Kachel, portraying Frank Lloyd Wright. The virtual programs are free and open to the public, but require preregistration. For more information about the performers, daily workshops, evening performances, and to preregister, please visit www.csrhc.org/chautauqua.

Each year, Enid Chautauqua coordinates these educational events in partnership with Oklahoma Chautauqua. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is proud to manage Summer Chautauqua and will look forward to hosting Chautauqua in the Park again in 2022! The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located at 507 S. Fourth Street in Enid. For more information, please call 580-237-1907 or visit www.csrhc.org.


The Will Rogers Memorial Museum is hosting a Thursday Night Lecture Series featuring different themes in June, July, and September. The lecture series will be held in the auditorium at 7 p.m. and will include time for questions and answers with speakers.

The next lecture in the series will be held on June 17 with Mike Martin from Magnolia, Texas. He will present “Dust Bowl George’s Boutique Wineshop,” which is the story of a young man who left Oklahoma for California during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s–40s. For more information about the lecture series and other events, please call 918-341-0719.

Visit the Sod House Museum on Saturday, June 19, at 10 a.m., for the program “Resilience and Transformation: Germans from Russia in Northwestern Oklahoma (1889–1940)” presented by guest speaker Professor Eric Schmaltz of Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU). Professor Schmaltz earned a PhD in history in 2002 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Since 2005, he has taught European, American, and world history at NWOSU, and in 2019 began serving as department chair of social sciences.

Professor Schmaltz will provide information on the general migrations and settlements of ethnic Germans from the Russian Empire in the western parts of Oklahoma at the turn of the last century. He will explore the factors that led this group to settle across the Great Plains in vast numbers, as well as how these resilient immigrants and their descendants navigated great challenges and dynamic opportunities in American society. After more than a century, this group has become an integral and vital part of American life and culture. They have left a profound legacy in northwestern Oklahoma in numerous endeavors, including the areas of agribusiness, architecture, art, foodways, language, music, politics, and faith.

The Sod House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located southeast of Aline on State Highway 8. For more information, contact Director Renee Trindle at 580-463-2441 or sodhouse@okhistory.org.

German school in Geary, 1913 (20315.29.14, Kent Ruth Collection, OHS)
OHS updates COVID-19 safety measures

Per CDC guidance, we recommend that visitors who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination wear face masks and maintain social distancing in indoor public areas. All visitors, staff, volunteers, contractors, and vendors should continue to use appropriate handwashing techniques.

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