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Initiative

A More Perfect Union: America at 250

Together with the National Endowment for the Humanities, Oklahoma Humanities “A More Perfect Union: America at 250” initiative catalyzes community engagement with the humanities and American history as we as a nation explore what is means to strive for “A More Perfect Union” and commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026.

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Initiative

A More Perfect Union: America at 250

Together with the National Endowment for the Humanities, Oklahoma Humanities “A More Perfect Union: America at 250” initiative catalyzes community engagement with the humanities and American history as we as a nation explore what is means to strive for “A More Perfect Union” and commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026.

"A More Perfect Union" Programs and Events

Get involved in your community through local libraries, schools, and community centers.

Programming for this initiative incudes reading and discussion groups, Oklahoma National History Day programming in conjunction with the Oklahoma Historical Society, and more!

Cheyenne Madonna, January 13, Russell Lawson Scholar, The Museum Broken Arrow Jan 13

6:30 PM

LTAI | Broken Arrow - Cheyenne Madonna

Firekeeper's Daughter, January 20, Andrew Vassar scholar, Miami public library Jan 20

6:30 PM

LTAI | Miami - Firekeeper's Daughter

The Submission, January 25, Harbour Winn scholar, oklahoma city university Jan 25

6:30 PM

LTAI | Oklahoma City - The Submission

Cheyenne Madonna, January 27, John Coward scholar, Rural Oklahoma museum of Poetry Jan 27

6:30 PM

LTAI | Locust Grove - Cheyenne Madonna

How the word is passed, February 8, Laura Arata scholar, oklahoma city university Feb 8

6:30 PM

LTAI | Oklahoma City - How the Word is Passed

Crazy Brave, February 10, Andrew Vassar Scholar, The Museum Broken Arrow Feb 10

6:30 PM

LTAI | Broken Arrow - Crazy Brave

The House on Mango Street, February 10, Ken Hada scholar, Champion Public Library Feb 10

5:30 PM

LTAI | Ardmore - The House on Mango Street

There There, february 17, kurt lively scholar, miami public library Feb 17

6:30 PM

LTAI | Miami - There There

Fire in Beulah, February 22, Harbour Winn scholar, Mabel C. Fry Public library Feb 22

12:00 PM

LTAI | Yukon - Fire in Beulah

down along with that devil's bones, february 22, Mark Davies scholar, oklahoma city university Feb 22

6:30 PM

LTAI | Oklahoma City - Down Along With That Devil's Bones

Crazy Brave, February 24, Julie Little Thunder scholar, Rural Oklahoma museum of poetry Feb 24

6:30 PM

LTAI | Locust Grove - Crazy Brave

The Joy Luck Club, February 24, Sharon Burris scholar, Champion Public Library Feb 24

5:30 PM

LTAI | Ardmore - The Joy Luck Club

Blanch on the Lam, March 3, Rex Morrell scholar, Champion Public library Mar 3

5:30 PM

LTAI | Ardmore - Blanche On the Lam

the memory monster, march 8, benjamin bates scholar, oklahoma city university Mar 8

6:30 PM

LTAI | Oklahoma City - The Memory Monster

Leaving Holes, March 10, Andrew Vassar scholar, The Museum Broken Arrow Mar 10

6:30 PM

LTAI | Broken Arrow - Leaving Holes

Leaving Holes, March 17, Tracy Floreani scholar, Rural Oklahoma museum of poetry Mar 17

6:30 PM

LTAI | Locust Grove - Leaving Holes

Arabian Jazz, March 17, Robert Greenstreet scholar, Champion public library Mar 17

5:30 PM

LTAI | Ardmore - Arabian Jazz

The Removed, March 17, Bill Corbett scholar, Miami public library Mar 17

6:30 PM

LTAI | Miami - The Removed

Red Dirt, March 22, pam Westbrook scholar, Mabel C. Fry public library Mar 22

12:00 PM

LTAI | Yukon - Red Dirt

the unfinished bombing, march 29, brooke hessler scholar, oklahoma city university Mar 29

6:30 PM

LTAI | Oklahoma City - The Unfinished Bombing

Let's Talk About It, a Program of Oklahoma Humanities Apr 14

6:30 PM

LTAI | Broken Arrow - The Woman Who Watches Over the World

Bad Indians, April 21, John Coward scholar, miami public library Apr 21

6:30 PM

LTAI | Miami - Bad Indians

Shell Shaker, April 26, Richard Rouillard scholar, Mabel C. Fry public library Apr 26

12:00 PM

LTAI | Yukon - Shell Shaker

Let's talk about it Apr 28

6:30 PM

LTAI | Locust Grove - The Woman Who Watches Over the World

May 3, Caroline Larsen scholar, Mabel C. Fry Public Library, Pushing the Bear May 3

12:00 PM

LTAI | Yukon - Pushing the Bear

Choctalking on Other Realities, May 12, Kurt Lively Scholar, The Museum Broken Arrow May 12

6:30 PM

LTAI | Broken Arrow - Choctalking On Other Realities

The round house, May 19, Brian Cowlishaw scholar, miami public library May 19

6:30 PM

LTAI | Miami - The Round House

The Honk and holler opening soon, May 24, Mark Davies scholar, Mabel C. Fry public library May 24

12:00 PM

LTAI | Yukon - The Honk and Holler Opening Soon

Choctalking on other realities, May 26, Sunu Kodumthara scholar, Rural Oklahoma museum of poetry May 26

6:30 PM

LTAI | Locust Grove - Choctalking on Other Realities

 

Let's Talk About It Reading and Discussion Groups

One aspect of this initiaitive will be 10-15 in-person or virtual reading and discussion programs through the established council-led Let’s Talk About It program, with themes that center our nation’s quest for a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society. Let’s Talk About It is a nationwide reading and discussion program developed by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1982. If you are interested in hosting a reading and discussion program, please contact Program Officer Sarah Olzawski for more information. Themes include broad humanities topics such as American experiences from diverse perspectives, Oklahoma-specific narratives, and key moments in American history. Three new themes developed for this special project include:

  • Memory, Memorials and Painful Pasts: A More Perfect Union theme
  • Native American Identity From Past to Present: A More Perfect Union theme
  • Of Shadows and Light: Stories of African American Resilience: A More Perfect Union theme

Apply to host a discussion group in your community!

View The Full "More Perfect Union" Themes and Books List

 

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