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2019 Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference to celebrate 'Women Who Built History'


The 2019 Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference is planned April 24-26 at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.

The conference, sponsored by the Oklahoma Historical Society, will feature three tours, two luncheons, one reception, a celebration of Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata and presentations relating to the theme of “Women Who Built History.”

The Oklahoma Historical Society is celebrating the centennial of Oklahoma women receiving the right to vote with exhibits and programming, and the Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference will serve as a major part of this endeavor to recognize women’s contributions to the state.

Headlining the conference presenters will be LaDonna Harris, president of Americans for Indian Opportunity, who is known for her American Indian activism, and Valerie Settles, director of the University of Central Oklahoma Interior Design Program. Karen Keith, former KJRH news anchor and current Tulsa County commissioner, will serve as emcee of the annual awards luncheon at noon on April 26. The awards luncheon will celebrate accomplishment in Oklahoma history and preservation and induct four people into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame.

Other presenters will speak during the course of 18 presentation sessions.

Membership in the Oklahoma Historical Society is not required to participate, but all conference attendees are asked to register by noon April 20. Detailed information about the conference and registration forms may be obtained at, or by contacting Larry O’Dell at 405-522-6676 or, or Angela Spindle at 405-522-0317 or