• Chisholm Trail Heritage Center

  • Plains Indians & Pioneers Museum in Woodward

  • Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center in Spiro

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History and Historical Sites

From Indian heritage and Viking explorers to land runs and oil booms, Oklahoma has a history unlike any other state. Historical sites throughout the State honor Oklahoma's original residents, settlers and a wide variety of history making people and events.

Connect with the past at a living history event, while you watch re-enactments on Civil War battlefields, learn traditional crafts or meet re-enactors playing fur traders who lived in Oklahoma long before settlers moved in. Attend a powwow to experience the pageantry and fellowship among our Native peoples as they gather to celebrate traditions and hold dance competitions.

Visit the Washita Battlefield National Monument to learn the history surrounding Custer's surprise attack on the peaceful Southern Cheyenne village of Chief Black Kettle and then walk along the shores of the Washita River where the massacre took place. Trek to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center to discover the rich history of the famous cattle trail that spanned Oklahoma, or see the last standing original sod house on the prairies of Oklahoma and learn more about pioneer life at the Sod House Museum.

From oil barons to cowboys, the rich heritage of Oklahoma offers one fascinating journey after another for history buffs.

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Step back in time and enjoy a show at one of Oklahoma’s many historic theaters. Go see a film, concert or performing arts event, or simply take in the stunning architecture that makes these time-honored movie houses true Oklahoma landmarks. read more

Delve into Oklahoma’s African American history from pre-statehood to the Civil Rights movement while discovering the landmarks, historic towns and museums that keep the African American legacy alive. read more

Experience sacred American Indian traditions and view authentic cultural displays at top Native American museums, cultural centers and attractions in Oklahoma. read more

Take a step back in time with a visit to one of Oklahoma’s top living history events and witness as Oklahoma’s unique slice of history unfolds right before your eyes. read more

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