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1-3 pm – Mondays – February 25 to April 1

The Making of Oklahoma: The State’s Turbulent Territorial: Past and Its Impact on the Present

Oklahoma’s Native American inhabitants increased from the indigenous tribes prior to the Louisiana Purchase to 67 relocated tribes after the US government designated it “Indian Territory.” The primary factors that led to the land runs, the land allotment process and the dissolution of Indian Territory prior to statehood will be the focus of this course. We’ll look at Oklahoma’s 39 Native American Nations and how their sovereignty and treaties with the US government affect Oklahoma today. Lectures will be enhanced with tours of exhibits at the Oklahoma History Center, the Overholser Mansion, and the Harn Homestead Museum. This course will feature numerous Oklahoma historians including Reverend David Wilson (Choctaw), Director of the Oklahoma Methodist Indian Conference, David Sapper, Education Director of Harn Homestead, Lisa Escalon, Executive Director of the Overholser Mansion, Glenda Carlisle, Oklahoma author, and Adam McCaleb Education Director of the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

1-3 pm – Tuesdays – February 26 to April 2

Zoo University

Take a 6-week expedition at the OKC Zoo exploring exotic plant specieis and animal habitats and hearing stories from the zoo’s rich and colorful history. You’ll spot many wonderful animals, take a guided tour of the botanical garden and get the scoop on the state-of-the-art veterinary complex opening in 2014. Learn about the zoo’s outreach, including its global conservation initiatives and, closer to home, its 10-year vision. Dress comfortably and be prepared to walk to exhibits as you reconnect with memories and create new ones.

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