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Dr. Angie Debo, "Oklahoma's Greatest Historian" - Enid

Dr. Angie Debo, "Oklahoma's Greatest Historian" - Enid

October 12, 20176:30 PM

Enid Public Library
120 W Maine
Enid, OK 73701
Information: 580/234-6313

Angie Debo, often called “Oklahoma’s Greatest Historian,” grew up in Marshall, Oklahoma. In her early career she taught history at Enid High School, but moved to West Texas State Teachers’ College after attaining her masters in 1924. Upon receiving her Ph.D., she became curator of maps at the OSU Library, a position she held until retirement (even with a Ph.D, she would never hold a position in a history department at a university, largely due to gender discrimination). Debo turned to writing American Indian history and among her many discoveries she learned that much of eastern Oklahoma was dominated by a criminal conspiracy to cheat Indians out of their property. Her findings were published under the title: And Still the Waters Run. In 2004, the OSU Library and the town of Marshall were dedicated as national Literary Landmarks honoring Dr. Debo.

Thanks to grant funding from Oklahoma Humanities, an educational booklet introducing Angie Debo’s life and work will be published and distributed at the community series, “One Book, One Community: Enid Reads ‘Prairie City’ by Angie Debo.” At the kick-off event on October 3rd, Dr. Patricia Loughlin, Professor of History at the University of Central Oklahoma, will present a talk titled “Angie Debo’s Childhood: Growing Up in Marshall.” On October 12th, Dr. Roger Hardaway, Professor of History at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, will present, “Angie Debo and Transportation in Early Oklahoma.” The final presentation on October 17th will be by Dr. Kurt Anderson, History Ph.D. and Research Professional at the Oklahoma State University Library Archives, titled “Angie Debo: The Legacy of Oklahoma’s Greatest Historian.”