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Calendar of Cultural Events

Don't miss the ongoing events listed below the calendar! Scroll each month to find Oklahoma Humanities-sponsored programming in your area. Reading groups, lectures, exhibits, cultural events—whatever you’re looking for, you’ll get the news right here.

FebruaryMarch 2017April
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Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: American Icons - Hobart
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Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Hope Amidst Hardship - Guthrie
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Society of Early Americanists Panel Discussion -- Tulsa
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Society of Early Americanists Discussion -- Tulsa

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: The Gilded Age - Tishomingo

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Working to Survive - Broken Arrow

Bessie Coleman Live! -- Oklahoma City
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Society of Early Americanists Discussion -- Tulsa

Bessie Coleman Live! -- Oklahoma City
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Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: NOT FOR CHILDREN ONLY-- Broken Arrow

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Young Adult Crossover Fiction - Oklahoma City
8
Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Coming and Going In Oklahoma Indian Country - Perkins
9
Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Sovereign Worlds - McAlester

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: WAR, NOT-WAR, AND PEACE -- Ardmore

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Oklahoma Private Investigations - Yukon
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Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: The Cowboy - Enid
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Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: American Icons - Hobart
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Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Experience - Pauls Valley

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Working to Survive - Grove
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Sacred Arts of Tibet: Sand Mandala & Lecture Series, Opening Ceremony -- Norman
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Sacred Arts of Tibet: Sand Mandala & Lecture Series -- Norman

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Coming and Going In Oklahoma Indian Country - Perkins
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Sacred Arts of Tibet: Sand Mandala & Lecture Series -- Norman

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Sovereign Worlds - McAlester

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: WAR, NOT-WAR, AND PEACE -- Ardmore
24
Sacred Arts of Tibet: Sand Mandala & Lecture Series -- Norman
25
"The Way We Worked" Grand Opening event -- Grove

Sacred Arts of Tibet: Sand Mandala & Lecture Series, Closing Ceremony -- Norman
26
Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: American Icons - Hobart
27
Beethoven Winter Festival - Tulsa

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Hope Amidst Hardship - Guthrie
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Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: NOT FOR CHILDREN ONLY-- Broken Arrow
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Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: The Gilded Age - Tishomingo
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Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Experience - El Reno
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Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: The Cowboy - Enid
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Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Experience - Miami
4
The Art of Asian Languages exhibition opening reception -- Stillwater
5
Conversations with Poet Simon Armitage - Oklahoma City

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Coming and Going In Oklahoma Indian Country - Perkins

Conversations with Poet Simon Armitage - Oklahoma City
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Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Sovereign Worlds - McAlester

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Working to Survive - Broken Arrow
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"The Way We Worked" Film Screening: "Fly Girls" -- Grove

Ongoing Grant Events

POWER AND PRESTIGE: HEADDRESSES OF THE AMERICAN PLAINS

August 26, 2016 -- May 14, 2017

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
Information: 405/478-2250
www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

War bonnets are an iconic image of the American West, but the truth behind these emblematic items is more complex than the name indicates. For centuries, feather headdresses have played a formalized role in both war and ritual with variants in style, use, and design. This exhibition explores the history and development of headdresses of the North American Great Plains tribal nations. Headdresses, ledger art, and photographs from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum permanent collection along with headdresses from the Gilcrease Museum and the Oklahoma History Center will be on display.

 
CHILD LABOR IN OKLAHOMA: PHOTOGRAPHS BY LEWIS HINE, 1916-1917

October 1, 2016 -- April 30, 2017

Oklahoma History Center
Chesapeake Events Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73105
Information: 405/521-2491
www.okhistory.org/historycenter

Photographer Lewis Hine spent 30 years photographing child labor in factories, mills, coal mines, farms and in the streets across the United States in the early 20th century. Hine visited Oklahoma twice in 1916 and 1917 on behalf of the National Child Labor Committee to bring awareness to the exploitation of children. This exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center will present 25 of Hine's photographs from Oklahoma along with research about child labor, social reform, and the art of photography.

A CENTURY OF MEDICINE IN LEFLORE COUNTY

November 2016 -- March 2017

LeFlore County Museum at the Hotel Lowrey
303 Dewey Ave.
Poteau, OK  74953
Information: 918/647-9330

This exhibit traces the history of medical care in LeFlore County over the last century. The exhibit shows the impact of health care in a rural Oklahoma community by chronicling the evolution of medical care, including home remedies, Native American medicine, antique instruments and medical texts, hometown doctors, and the development of a local hospital. Part of the exhibit will also profile the community's recent grassroots efforts to save the local hospital from closing. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and arrangements can be made for special tours for student groups. 


ON FREEDOM'S WINGS

February 3, 2017 -- March 19, 2017

Rudisill Regional Library
1520 N. Hartford Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74106
Information: 918/549-7645
tulsalibrary.org/rudisill

On Freedom's Wings is a traveling exhibition celebrating one of Oklahoma's great African-American heroes: James Herman Banning.  Banning was the first African-American to become a licensed pilot and the first to complete a transcontinental flight across the United States. Click here to learn more about Banning's amazing life and career and about The Greatest Story Never Told, a project dedicated to bringing the stories of unsung heroes like James Herman Banning to life.

The exhibit will travel to other Oklahoma venues in 2017-18.


THE WAY WE WORKED

February 4, 2017 -- March 17, 2017

Perry Heritage Center
222 6th St.
Perry, OK  73077
Information: 580-336-4402

The Way We Worked explores how work became a central element in American culture. The exhibit traces the many changes that have affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. The Way We Worked uses videos, photos, interactive materials, and artifacts to tell the story of the impact of work on American culture. 

The Way We Worked has been adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives. The five Oklahoma host sites for this exhibit will also feature complementary programs and exhibits that highlight the history of work in their own hometowns. Following the exhibit's debut in Perry, it will travel to Grove, Broken Arrow, Waurika, and Poteau through November 2017. The exhibit is free and open to all ages.


WATER: CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION TO PROTECT A PRECIOUS RESOURCE

February 1, 2017 -- February 28, 2017

Travertine Nature Center
901 W. 1st St.
Sulphur, OK  73086
Information: 580-622-7234

This free, interactive exhibit portrays the challenges of water management and conservation in Oklahoma and examines the Congressional policy-making process. The exhibit features educational items on the effects of national policies on Oklahoma's water resources and information about how to engage with the state's policy makers. The exhibit is presented by the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and will travel to eighteen libraries and museums across Oklahoma through February 2017.