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
“Japanese Internment in the United States during World War II”
Lori Gregory Beck

More information coming soon!


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.