The Heritage Center’s 2018 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. The presentations are free and open to the public, and guests are welcome to bring their lunch.

January 10, 2018
“Memoir Writing” with author Andrea Foster

February 14, 2018
Oklahoma 110 exhibit artists Jena Kodesh and Charla Enns

March 14, 2018
Trappings Artist – Brenda Dewald
Medium: gourds and pine needles

April 11, 2018
“Barn Quilt Trails” with Lesa Rauh, Garfield Co. Extension

May 9, 2018
“Oklahoma’s Medal of Honor Recipients” with Jody Turner

June 12 – 16, 2018
Chautauqua scholars

July 11, 2018
“Beer, Brewing and Grain”
Jaxson Johnson, Enterprise Grain

August 8, 2018
“Women of the Western Cattle Trails” with Dr. Sara Jane Richter, Panhandle State University

September 12, 2018
“The 1893 Land Run: History and Significance”
Sterling Evans, Prof. Univ. of Oklahoma

October 10, 2018
“Historic Resources of the Heritage Center”  Aaron Preston, CSRHC Archivist

November 14, 2018
Craig McKinley, Civil War Family History

December 12, 2018
Melissa Thomas,
 Apron Strings, Holiday Treats

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.