Living History. Sonic, America's Drive-In and the Oklahoma History Center are teaming up for some tasty history education. Sonic will sponsor a series of interpretive programs at the center and provide support for Oklahoma National History Day.
In February, the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., in Oklahoma City will host two unique living history programs. On Feb. 2 the museum will host An Evening with James Anderson. Anderson served as one of George Washington's farm managers and distillers.
The program will provide first-hand accounts of life at the Washington estate and cover topics such as slave life, farming, and distillery operations. In addition to the evening program scheduled for 7pm at the museum, Mount Vernon's interpreter will participate in special programs at Colonial Day in Tulsa and Oklahoma City for hundreds of students.
On Feb. 9-11, President Abraham Lincoln will make his way to the History Center for a series of student programs, a public performance, and a family day.
This special sesquicentennial program will bring the Civil War to life and touch on President Lincoln's relationships to the tribes in Oklahoma during the war.
Student programs are scheduled for Feb. 9 and 10 at 10am and 11:30am. On Thurs., Feb. 9, the museum will open its doors for an evening performance scheduled to begin at 7pm.
Families are invited to come and meet Lincoln and participate in special activities from 10am--2pm on Sat., Feb. 11.
Coming Together. Local religious leaders and representatives from food organizations will address the topic "Food for Thought: Food, Religion and the Human Community" at the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice's (OCCJ) 2012 Interfaith Trialogue Series.
Sponsored by OCCJ and funded in part by the Tulsa Library Trust's Alfred E. Aaronson Lecture Series Endowment, the three-part discussion series is scheduled on Sundays, Feb. 5, Feb. 12 and Feb. 19 at 2pm at varying locations.
The Rev. Dr. Bill Crowell, associate minister at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church and Trialogue chairman, will moderate each discussion. The programs are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.
Session 1, "Feasting, Fasting, Ritual, Taboo," Feb. 5, 2-4 pm at Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center, 2021 E. 71st St. Dennis Smith of Phillips Theological Seminary, Eliyahu Krigel of Congregation B'nai Emunah and Ahmed Ashraf of Peace Academy High School will address the ritual significance of food for Christians, Muslims and Jews.
Session 2, "Hunger, Plenty, Obesity, Starvation," Feb. 12, 2-4pm at Peace Academy, 4620 S. Irvington. How does God expect us to share the earth's bounty? Jan Figart from the Community Service Council, Eileen Bradshaw from the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and Abdulah Mahayni, Summer Shimi and Aliye Shimi from the Peace Academy, address this topic.
Session 3, "Friendship, Enmity, Chaos, Wholeness," followed by Marketplace of Ideas, Feb. 19, 2-4:30pm, Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, 1301 S. Boston Ave. How can we rebuild the community of the table? Vicky Langston, Open Tables coordinator, and Wanda Batman of the Masjid Al-Salam Mosque address this topic. Afterward, enjoy the Marketplace of Ideas, featuring representatives from local food pantries, community gardens and other food organizations. For more information about the 2012 Interfaith Trialogue Series, visit occjok.org or call 918-583-1361.
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