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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

Spanish Mansion Shattuck OKlahomaThe Spanish Mansion located north of Shattuck was built by O.E. Enfield in the 1930s with the help of his sons. At the time, O.E. and his family lived southeast of the building site in another home he had constructed. Pony Creek separated the two homes and it was from the creek that rock, sand, and water were hauled to erect the two-story structure seen in the photo.

The look of the Spanish Mansion was emulated in four other houses built by O.E. A two-story home with an arching entryway built by him still stands on Shattuck’s Main Street. He also constructed three houses in Arnett with a similar architectural design, but only one remains today.

O.E. Enfield was well known in the area as a minister, attorney, and later as the judge for Ellis County. He ran for Oklahoma governor in the 1920s but was not elected. He was a published poet and author. Most of his artifacts, including a symphony he wrote, were donated to the Oklahoma Historical Society.

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