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Still a Community Hub

The Eskridge Hotel Museum stands in the heart of Wynnewood in southern Oklahoma. The reason for the hotel’s existence (and one could argue the...

Rational, Ethical Passion

On Sept. 1, 1939, Marian Piotr Opala was an 18-year-old student living with his parents in Lodz, Poland, when he heard that Germans had...

Young Brothers on a Quest

Determined to greet former President Theodore Roosevelt upon his return from an African safari in 1910, two young brothers from tiny Frederick straddled their...

Bookmarking a Century

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the last Carnegie Library granted to Oklahoma by the Carnegie Corp. of New York – a grant...

On the Road to Tipperary

The Creek County community of Shamrock, some say, is nothing more than a ghost town, yet every Wednesday 50 or more kids show up...

Specters as Symbols

Spirits, witches and demons creep the night, according to Chickasaw lore. Some of them want to eat you. Some of them just want to...

Carrying the Torch

Even for those who have endured atrocities, time leads to mortality. First-person accounts of horrors and survival ebb year after year … until voices...

Academic Glory Days

Just outside Kingfisher is a hill that is mostly empty now. But a century ago, this area was a bustling bastion of education known...

Staking a Claim

With the sound of a gunshot, the would-be settlers set off in search of new homes. Economic pressures compelled some, while a desire for...

The Right Mix for a Legend

Scores of early movies provided a nostalgic, romanticized version of the Wild West and cowboys that many in the quickly changing and industrializing United...
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