Living History: Life With the Buffalo Soldiers
Monday, March 7th
Two performances at 6:00 and 7:30 PM
FREE and open to the public
Portraying Alice Grierson
Travel back to 1870s Oklahoma to meet and converse with Alice Grierson. Her Civil War hero husband, Col. Benjamin Grierson, chose to command the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry after the war. He was known for his respect for his black troops and for the native people. Converse with Mrs. Grierson about her husband’s views, and about the challenges of daily life while raising a family in a frontier fort.
Grierson is portrayed by Darci Tucker of American Lives: History Brought to Life.
Darci Tucker is a historian, playwright, author, actress, and storyteller from Williamsburg, VA. She portrays women from American history in schools and storytelling festivals across the nation. She wrote “Embodying the Story through Character Interpretation” and trains teachers and museum professionals to teach through storytelling and historic character portrayals.
1806: Settling the Cherokee Nation
Discussion & Book Signing
Saturday, March 19th , 11:00 AM
About the Book:
A century before Oklahoma became the 46th state, Lieutenant James Wilkinson met with Osage chief Cashasegra at the confluence of the Arkansas, Grand and Verdigris rivers, later known as The Three Forks, the cradle of Oklahoma. Soon the Osage were pushed out by thousands of Cherokees relocated by the United States government to Indian Territory in Northeastern Oklahoma. A new Cherokee Nation was born. Internal strife developed first as a result of tribal disagreement over the Treaty of New Echota, followed by devastation from the American Civil War and then a period of unprecedented lawlessness.
D. Bruce Howell
Despite the chaos the citizenry formed a democratic government, established the first school system west of the Mississippi and developed a system of laws as the economy improved until the nation was finally absorbed into what became the State of Oklahoma. 1806 describes the development of these events, relating anecdotes that involve some of the prominent personalities and describing communities and cities that merged into the early years of the 20th century.
About the Author:
Bruce Howell, an Oklahoma resident for the past 47 years and a retired educator, moved to Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees in 1996. His previous publications relating to the history Northeastern Oklahoma include two volumes about personalities and events entitled, Echoes From the Past.