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Kenny L. BrownSurvival of the Fittest topic of Monday’s
Final CSRHC Fall Lecture

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s Fall Lecture Series, Legacy of the Oklahoma Cherokee Strip will conclude on Monday, November 4 with a look at the pioneers who settled the Cherokee Strip, the challenges they faced, and their resolve.

Dr. Kenny L. Brown, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History and Geography at the University of Central Oklahoma will speak on “The Legacy of Determination, Depravation and Resilience.” Brown’s presentation will focus on the social, cultural, and economic conditions that the pioneers faced in the years following the land run of 1893.

Brown earned his Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University in 1985. He is a specialist in the American West, Oklahoma, Gilded Age, and the Progressive Era. He recently presented programs on the various land openings for the National Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska, and at the Oklahoma History Center.  He has published several articles and books on topics in his field including an article on the Cherokee Outlet. He has served on several state boards, such as the Oklahoma Humanities Council, the Oklahoma Historical Society, and the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board. He received the Provost’s “Modeling the Way” Award in 2003.

The Heritage Center’s Fall Lecture Series will be held at 7 p.m. on the Enid Campus of Northern Oklahoma College in the Gantz Center. The lecture series is free and open to the public.

The enitre lecture series is being filmed by the Oklahoma Historical Society and made available for public television and for purchase at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.

For more information on the Fall Lecture Series visit the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s website at

sunset-raw-copyYou’ll meet an array of historical figures and be inspired by the character traits that made them great leaders when you visit the Smithsonian-quality Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center that tells the history and development of the Cherokee Outlet. Discover what it was like to be in the saddle astride your galloping horse racing to stake your claim.

See what it was like to live in a sod house, and see the importance of agriculture, oil and transportation to the region, the City of Enid as the center of commerce for the region, and Phillips University. On the grounds of the Heritage Center is Humphrey Heritage Village, a collection of four historically-significant buildings, including the only remaining 1893 U.S. Land office, a 1902 church, a 1905 Victorian home and an 1895 one-room school house.

The Village provides educational programs and is available for rental for special events and weddings.

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
Address: 507 S 4th, Enid, Oklahoma 73701
Phone: 580-237-1907

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