By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
A variety of educational classes and events for all ages are available this summer at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, in Oklahoma City.
On Saturday, June 27, OHC will host a Family Space Camp from 2 to 5 p.m. Participants will explore the space exhibit, use hands-on space gadgets and create their own rocket. Registration is required and space is limited to ten families. Cost is $35 per couple and $10 for each additional person. All ages are welcome.
Every Wednesday in June and July from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., OHC will host the always popular series, Okietales. Each story features a different aspect of Oklahoma’s history. Admission is $2 for each child and includes museum admission following the program. Lunch is available for purchase in the café. This program is designed for children ages 5-9.
OHC will present its second History Pioneers Junior Curator Camp from Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10 at 2 p.m. Attendees will create their own exhibit to display at the History Center. Students aged eight to twelve will learn how to handle artifacts, write labels, do research, make mounts, and present an exhibit. Cost is $100. Registration is required and limited to twenty students.
On Thursday, July 16, the National History Day (NHD) Boot Camp is free for teachers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Following the 2015-2016 theme, “Leadership & Legacy in History,” participants will learn the primary sources available in the area, how to conduct research, and the different types of projects available.
Oklahoma NHD staff will provide correlations for Oklahoma Assessment Standards for the Social Studies. Lunch is provided and space is limited to forty people.
On Saturday, July 18, OHC presents the art of Southeastern Fingerweaving from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn the history of Southeastern American Indian people by creating a bookmark using the diagonal weave in the colors you choose. Class participants will work one on one with assistants to complete the project. The cost is $50 and includes supplies, lunch, and a tour of the History Center’s American Indian exhibit. The age limit is twelve and above and class size is limited to twelve people.
The Advanced Basket Weaving Class, led by instructor Marcia Bellaweg, will show students how to create a Bernies Braided Bun basket on August 15, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Students eighteen and over will explore baskets in the museum’s collection. Cost is $75 and lunch is provide. Class size is limited to twelve students. Registration is required.
The Arts Council of Oklahoma City will present its 2015 Storytelling Festival from Thursday through Saturday, August 27-29 celebrating the art of storytelling. For over 30 years, the Arts Council has produced this highly popular event.
This year’s storytellers include Syd Lieberman, Charlotte Blake-Alston, Jim Mays, and Megan Wells. The event includes three evening performances for adult audiences (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), a family matinee on Saturday, and professional workshops (Friday and Saturday).. For more information and tickets visit artscouncilokc.com. Check the website for schedule updates and workshop descriptions
On Tuesday, September 1, join the OHC and other metro museums at the Back-to-School Bash at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the beginning of the new school year focusing on all the museum has to offer teachers and their families.
Staff will be on hand to answer questions about field trips, trunks, and special events. OHC trunks will be on display for hands-on interaction and many of the living history characters will be available as well. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night, with teacher identification. Registration is not required.
For more information and to register for these and other events, call 405-522-3602 or visit www.okhistory.org.