Southern Greetings to one and all. Here you will find a lot of history “bits and bobs”. Many things that will be posted here will also be posted to the Oklahoma Division’s Members Only E-list. However, this is a public blog and I hope that we will have readers, as well a folks commenting, from far and wide. Please spread the word!
By Michael Dean
The Oklahoma Historical Society kicked off a major renovation project at historic Fort Gibson with a special ceremony Friday, April 16th.
The continuing deterioration of the fort had been a serious concern for many years. The amount of money required for restoration far exceeded the
maintenance budget available.
“I am pleased that through the efforts of all our supporters we were able to get underway with a major project at Fort Gibson,” said Dr. Bob L. Blackburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society. “The total project will cost a little more than $1-million.”
“Using $200,000 in state funds as a match we have been able to secure $200,000 from Save America’s Treasures through the National Park Service, and $645,000 in a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. With this budget, the OHS will be able to offer the public a fully restored historic fort illustrated through the story of transportation in the American Southwest,” Blackburn explained.
Established in 1824, Fort Gibson served as a starting point for several military expeditions that explored the west and sought peace between the tribes in the region. It was occupied through most of the Indian Removal period then
abandoned in 1857. The post was reactivated during the Civil War. The army stayed through the Reconstruction and Indian Wars periods, combating the problem of outlaws and squatters. In 1890, the army abandoned Fort Gibson for the last time.
Visitors to the site can see a reconstruction of the early log fort as well as original buildings from the 1840s through 1870s. Exhibits detailing the history of the fort are located in the Commissary Visitor Center on Garrison Hill. The site also hosts a number of special living history events and programs throughout the year.
Fort Gibson is a National Historic Landmark.
Information from OHS Email Extra! 4-20-10
Though a full listing of Candidate Announcements should be found on the Division Website, this officer recieved a Chapter Endorsement for the following member coming out for the office of Historian in the mail last week:
Thelma Blackburn, Oklahoma Division Recorder of Military Service Awards
Cherokee Chapter #1737 President and Historian
This year’s event, while focusing on the aftermath of the great war, is blessed with the presence of both General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson and General Robert Edward Lee. Future summer dates include:
• June 8-12, Tulsa
• June 15-19, Enid
• June 22-26, Lawton
For further information, visit the Arts & Humanities Council online.
From OHC Extra!:
American Heritage Music Festival, June 10-12 in Grove. Old-time fiddling and clogging contests. http://www.grandlakefestivals.com/contact.htm
Juneteenth, June 17 in Tulsa. Celebrate a unique African-American holiday with gospel, R & B, jazz and more.
Red Earth, June 18-20 in OKC. Salute American Indian cultures from all over the continent as they display art, sing, drum, dance, and wear traditional outfits. It is Oklahoma’s special homecoming.
Jazz in June, June 24-26 in Norman. Hear jazz and blues performers recall the past, present and future under the stars in Norman.
Oklahoma Folklife Festival, June 19, 2010 in OKC. Celebrate the cultural heritage of Oklahoma with dance, music and crafts at a free festival.
To learn more about Oklahoma folklife visit it online. For the best in family fun learn about Oklahoma’s rich heritage in folklife. Hear many kinds of traditional music, see and participate in traditional dancing, have an appreciation of traditional crafts, and celebrate Oklahoma’s colorful storytelling. You can find it just a few miles away in your home state.
For more information contact Rodger Harris at (405)522-5207 or by email at email@example.com.
Consider adding an era-appropriate quotation to your stationary – printed and/or electronic. This may be a conversation starter in more than one way.
Upcoming historical programs with the OHC, as reported in the Mistletoe Leaves that may be of Southern interest include: May 11 & June 6, 2010
Quilt Block of the Month Class – Pawnee Bill Ranch Site, Pawnee
Upcoming historical programs with the OHC, as reported in the Mistletoe Leaves that may be of Southern interest include: May 8 & June 12, 2010 Quilt Block of the Month Class – Sod House Museum, Aline.