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Innovation and Inventions

Whether you credit the unique history of the state; the sorts of people who have always been drawn to this region; or just happenstance, the innovation and invention that have taken place in Oklahoma, and by Oklahomans, has impacted lives across the globe. The “Oklahoma Standard” of resilience, perseverance and high expectations can be traced through the history of...

Digging Up the Past

The history of Oklahoma often gets obscured by the fact that many don’t think back past preliminary European contact. But there was a rich history here many millennia before the first Europeans arrived – and archeology is the way to study these prehistoric civilizations. “Knowing what past people in Oklahoma were doing really does inform the present, and our understandings...

Brimming with Stories

Cataloging archeological and historic properties significant in our nation’s history, the National Park Service’s (NPS) National Register of Historic Places (NR) includes over 97,000 listings. It also contains information on over 1.4 million additional resources. Authorized by a 1966 federal law, the program coordinates and supports public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America’s historic and archeological...

A Waterway to the World

Located in the northeast corner of Muskogee County, Fort Gibson is a noteworthy spot on Oklahoma’s map – not only for its proximity to today’s beckoning outdoor recreational opportunities, but for the nearby reconstructed military fort that holds historical significance to the entire state. Near the town of 3,740 is the Fort Gibson military outpost that played a vital role...

A History of Hauntings

As the autumn season bursts into color, you may find that you’re in the mood for a scary story. Although this time of the year ushers in an abundance of horror movies, you may be surprised to learn that Oklahoma has dozens of allegedly haunted hotspots, with plenty of homegrown lore to boot.  Whether you choose to believe in these...

Change in the Air

Integral infrastructure updates are just around the corner for the 24 museums and sites owned by the Oklahoma Historical Society, and caretakers are practically giddy about it. “The two and a half million dollars is going to go so far,” says Chantry Banks, executive director of Preservation Oklahoma, which manages the Henry and Anna Overholser Mansion. “Getting the roof repaired...

A Wealth of Information

Aaron Pope has seen lots of smiles and a few tear-filled eyes since the long-awaited 1950 census records were released on April 1. As the Genealogy Resource Center coordinator for the Tulsa City-County Library, Pope is in the business of helping people find and learn more about their ancestors. “People are thrilled to be able to get more information about their...

Fostering the Past

Bryant Rickman no longer teaches agriculture, but he’s far from retired. “It’s just kind of swallowed up my life, these horses and all,” says Rickman, who lives near Antlers and is devoted to saving heritage breeds of livestock from extinction. Rickman breeds colonial Spanish horses – also known in Oklahoma as Choctaw ponies because members of the Choctaw tribe acquired them...

Who Are You? 

Genealogy continues to hover as one of the top hobbies in the U.S., and Oklahomans are part of that mushrooming fan base. Active genealogical societies keep interest in tact. Oklahoma Genealogical Society’s (OGS) president Mike Birdsong has been a board member for 12 years. Established in 1955, OGS is the eighth oldest genealogical society in the U.S., and has a...

What’s Left of a Family Legacy

don’t read this unless you like historical mysteries that leave you with more questions than answers…or you’re looking for a spot to stop on your next road trip. Okay, it may not be that big of a mystery. Still, the details are vague, and everything you read says the same thing about the Bonebrake Hardware Store in Erick, Oklahoma –...