State briefs for May 9
Salvation Army to offer food handling class
The Salvation Army serving Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties will offer a training course on the basics of safe food handling from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 16. The location will be provided at registration.
The course explains how food can become unsafe through time-temperature abuse, cross-contamination, and improper cleaning and sanitizing, and emphasizes the importance good personal hygiene plays in limiting the spread of dangerous pathogens. For more information or to register, contact Curtiss Ray at 405-246-1066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historians hall of fame adds four
Four individuals were inducted into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame during the 2019 Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference held April 24-26 at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The honorees are Dianna Everett, Edmond; Emmy Scott Stidham, Checotah; Mary Jo Watson, Oklahoma City; and the late Helen Freudenberger Holmes.
Everett did research and writing for the Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma Museums Association, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office. She also created history exhibits for the Oklahoma Humanities Council under National Endowment for the Humanities grants. In 1998, Everett became the managing editor for The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture project for the historical society. In 2005, she also took over the duties of historical society director of publications and began editing The Chronicles of Oklahoma.
Stidham helped organize the Checotah Landmark Preservation Society to save the local Katy Railroad Depot. The organization, with Stidham as president, moved the depot, financed its renovation and developed a long-range plan to turn it into a museum and community center for the town. She was instrumental in organizing and coordinating the volunteers for the first historical society Battle of Honey Springs reenactment, and has helped with the event for more than 30 years. In 1988, historical society members elected Stidham to its board of directors.
Watson is an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation. She developed the Native Art History program for the University of Oklahoma, creating a series of undergraduate and graduate courses and establishing the first art history doctoral program in Oklahoma to include an emphasis on American Indian art and art of the American West. A faculty member and associate dean of the OU College of Fine Arts, she served as director of the School of Art and Art History from 2006 to 2013. In 2008 the university named her to the position of regents professor. She has given hundreds of presentations about American Indian art all over the world.
Holmes was born in 1915 and raised near Pleasant Valley. She taught journalism at Oklahoma A&M College, later Oklahoma State University, the first woman to do so. During this time, she also produced and delivered three weekly newscasts on Tulsa’s KVOO radio station. With the outbreak of World War II, she joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and graduated as part of the first officer’s training class in August 1942. She served as a public relations officer and an intelligence officer, retiring from the U.S. Army with the rank of major. She was elected mayor of Guthrie in 1979 and championed the architectural renovation of the city. Holmes was the principal author and editor of the two-volume Logan County History: 1889–1979.