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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.

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.


WATER: CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION TO PROTECT A PRECIOUS RESOURCE

November 1, 2016 -- December 31, 2016

Tulsa City-County Library
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
Information: 918/549-7323
tulsalibrary.org

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 November 2016.

www.ou.edu/carlalbertcenter/congressional-collection/exhibits/waterexhibit.html

 
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 1, 2016 -- January 30, 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.