The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s Brown Bag Lectures are generously sponsored by a grant from Park Avenue Thrift. The lectures are typically held on the second Wednesday of each month at noon. A variety of interesting topics are presented and discussed for the entertainment and enrichment of our community. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, presentations are not being held on site, but rather over Facebook Live. To access the Brown Bag video archive, visit our Facebook page here!

January 13, 2021
“Heritage Tourism & Conservation”
Dr. Shawn Holliday, Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Have you considered a career in conservation or tourism? For our FACEBOOK LIVE January Brown Bag, join us for a talk with Dr. Shawn Holiday, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. We will discuss NWOSU’s exciting new Master of Arts program that prepares students to serve as leaders in emerging areas of heritage tourism and conservation in Oklahoma and beyond.

Dr. Holliday teaches a broad range of subjects in the humanities such as American literature and popular music. His books include Thomas Wolfe and the Politics of Modernism (2001), a revised version of his Ph.D. dissertation, and Lawson Fusao Inada (2003), a critical biography of the former Oregon poet laureate. A native of West Virginia, Holliday earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Marshall University and his Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Watch the archive HERE!

February 10, 2021
“Archaeology on the Ground: Co-curating with Contemporary Communities in Western New York” – Hannah Quaintance, MA.

Archaeology is more than digging! For our FACEBOOK LIVE February Brown Bag, join us for a chat with Hannah Quaintance, doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY (UB). We will discuss Hannah’s work with archaeological collections that center the relationship between communities and museums. Within a discipline that is commonly associated with the past, Hannah will describe her efforts in creating true partnerships through archaeological collections in the present.

Dedicated to interdisciplinary and collaborative learning, Hannah Quaintance works at the intersection of archaeology, collections care, and museum education. Her interest in the uses and value of heritage resources in the present includes the development of an archaeological site museum in partnership with local communities in Turkey, public excavations of Underground Railroad sites in Niagara Falls, collections-based visual art programs for K-12 students at the UB Art Galleries, as well as the co-curation of a historic collection from the Philippines at The Field Museum in Chicago, IL. Most recently, Hannah is beginning to work alongside members of the Seneca Nation to consider the use, care, and management of archaeological collections from Western New York.

Watch the archive HERE!

Take a look at some of our Brown Bag Lectures from the past!

The Significance of the Chisholm Trail

Guest speaker:  Don Reeves
Curator at the National Cowboy & Western
​Heritage Museum
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
​Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

As part of the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Chisholm Trail, Don Reeves shared little known facts about the grand old trail.

Caldwell, Kansas…Rowdy Town

Guest speaker:  Karen Sturm
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

Karen Sturm, tourism coordinator for the Chamber of Commerce in Caldwell, Kansas spoke on the city of Caldwell during the cattle drive era.
Nicknamed the Border Queen, Caldwell was a wild, wide open Cowtown in the days of the cattle drives along the Chisholm Trail. Being a lawman in Caldwell was nearly impossible. Between 1879 and 1885, the town went through 16 marshals. Violence was rampant. Outlaws were buried in Caldwell’s boot hill, and a cemetery was begun northwest of town.