History Keeper Award Dinner

Dr. Blackburn, an Oklahoma native who spent many of his formative years in Claremore, began his distinguished and illustrious career as Oklahoma’s most notable History Keeper in 1979 first serving as Editor of The Chronicles of Oklahoma and as Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer of the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) since 1999. He earned his M. A. and Ph. D. in History from Oklahoma State University and, while still in graduate school, published several articles, academic papers, and his first book. Since then he has written or co-authored 22 books, numerous articles, journal entries, and screenplays in addition to producing and hosting the OHS Television Series Yesterday and Voices of Oklahoma.

Dr. Blackburn was instrumental in planning and building the Oklahoma History Center, a 215,000 square-foot museum and research center with a budget of $61 million, while also serving as administrative director for the OHS system of museums and sites with more than 30 locations scattered across the state. He has served on many national and regional boards and commissions including the Western History Association, Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission, Leadership Oklahoma City, Westerners International, the Oklahoma Centennial Commission and is the recipient of numerous honors and recognitions.

Registration Opens 5:30, 6 PM Dinner at the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center.

$ 100
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Donation Total: $100