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The Backbone of Oklahoma History

Executive director Trait Thompson gets goosebumps when he looks at the rare copy of a Lewis and Clark speech owned by the Oklahoma Historical Society. Jeff Briley, deputy director of the Oklahoma History Center, says he was “just beside myself” the first time he gazed upon a 1,400-year-old buffalo hide overshoe found in a cave in northwest Oklahoma. And some of...

Beatles, Titanic, and Pawnee Bill

For fans of the original Fab Four, Celebrity Attractions presents 1964: The Tribute, one of the world’s foremost Beatles cover bands, at 8 p.m. July 12 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. OKC’s Lyric Theatre presents two popular musical hits this summer. First is Disney’s Newsies, July 9-14 at the Civic Center Music Hall. It showcases the story of the...

What’s in a Name?

Slaughterville was not the most elegant name for a town, local residents had to admit. Some even toyed with the idea of changing it … but that was before People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals offered an alternative. In exchange for changing the name of the Cleveland County town to the more animal-friendly Veggieville, as the group proposed in...

A Convoluted Past

Generations of Oklahoma school children dress in prairie duds every spring to commemorate the Land Rush of 1889 … from the perspective of non-Native American settlers. But with the 130th anniversary of the April 22 opening of Unassigned Lands in Indian Territory, historians examine long-term impacts of that and other historical developments affecting tribal sovereignty. “People focus on the Land Run,”...