The Oklahoma Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will begin commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War with events and programs planned for the next five years, from 2011 to 2015. The Commission will focus on education, discussion, and preservation efforts to ensure history is remembered today and preserved for the future.

 

The Keynote event in 2011 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War will be a special reenactment of the Battle of Honey Springs. The weekend of April 29-May 1, 2011 the original battlefield will once again shake with the roar of cannon, volley fire from thousands of muskets and ring to the clash of saber to saber combat.  The Honey Springs Battlefield is located just north of Checotah, OK.  Several thousand reenactors and spectators are expected to attend the reenactment. 

 

Another project of the commission and staff is an upcoming Teachers Institute set for July 2011, and a student short story writing contest.

Details of the teachers’ workshop and student writing contest will be released later this spring.

 

Preservation efforts will be the focus at the five historic sites associated with the civil war owned by the Oklahoma Historical Society.  They include:

Honey Springs Battlefield, Fort Gibson Historic Site, Fort Towson Historic Site, Fort Washita Historic Site, and the George Murrell Home.

 

Additionally, the commission is developing projects to preserve artifacts and  archives, photos, letters, documents and other objects.  Future press releases with details of projects are forthcoming.

The members of Oklahoma Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission include: Chair Senator Brian Crain – Tulsa, John Bryant – Tulsa, Glenn Coffee, Oklahoma City, Mark Edwards – Del City, Ernest L Holloway - Langston, Cal Kinzer - Beggs, Mike McGee - Bethany, Ryan McMullen - Stillwater, Frank Siltman - Fort Sill, Charles Smith - Yukon, and Mike Stidham -  Checotah.

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The Commission is supported by an advisory council and the CW150 Task Force Team of the Oklahoma Historical Society.  Members include:  Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director, Oklahoma Historical Society; James Waldo, President, Oklahoma Historical Society; Director, Department of Tourism & Recreation; Gena Timberman, Director, Native American Cultural and Educational Authority; Beau Cantrell, Confederate & Union Memorial Hall; and John Davis, Honey Springs Battlefield. 

 

The Civil War Task Force of the Oklahoma Historical Society includes the

following:  Cody Jolliff, Coordinator, Civil War Sesquicentennial; Bob Rea, Director, Historic Sites Department; David Fowler, Director, George Murrell Home; John Davis, Director, Honey Springs Battlefield and Fort Towson Historic Site; Matt Reed, Curator, American Indian Collection, Oklahoma History Center; Jason Harris, Education Director, Oklahoma History Center; Chad Williams, Deputy Director, OHS Research Division; Jennifer Towry, Webmaster; and Michael Dean, Public Relations Director Oklahoma Historical Society.

 

The Oklahoma Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War from 2011 to 2015. The Commission will focus on education, discussion, and preservation efforts to ensure history is remembered today and preserved for the future.

 

The web address to follow all of the events and program associated with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Oklahoma is www.okcivilwar.org. 

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Contact:  Cody Jolliff (918) 478-4088 or Michael Dean (405) 522-5241