July August 2023: The History Issue

Rest in bucolic beauty at 3J Farms in Blanchard; Hennessey's Prairie Quilt shop proves it's hip to be square; the past is a present to all who visit Shooting Star History; the state's offbeat museums are stuffed with strange treasures; and the Oklahoma City Farmers Market District is keeping things fresh after all these years.

The Vintage Steakhouse is heating up Morrison; Shuffles Cafe in Tulsa is board but not boring; mead, the ancient honey drink, makes a comeback; Yukon built Progress Brewing Company; and The Lookout Kitchen offers delicious bites at half a dozen Oklahoma state parks.

Big 10 Ballroom in Tulsa dons its dancing shoes again; TG&Y made commerce history starting in Oklahoma; poet Jackie Smith showcases a "Sale Day at the Stockyards"; and** The Flaming Lips** celebrate the band's ruby anniversary and look forward to whatever weirdness the future holds.

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Treasure Maps
The truth is, pretty much everyone is a history buff–it just depends on which history we're talking about. Whether you want to follow the trail of Oklahoma's celebrated movie stars, spend the night in a historic hotel, tour the original seven state parks, or check out some of the coolest places in the state's sports story, these ten illustrated itineraries will have you road-tripping through Oklahoma history.

Hear Them Sing
At the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, the legacy of Oklahoma's favorite troubadour shines bright.

Blessed Is He
A beautiful new pilgrimage site in southeast Oklahoma City honors the Sooner State's first Catholic martyr.

Soldiering On
The story of the Buffalo Soldiers, the first black Americans to fight in the U.S. Army, run right through Indian Territory.

The Longest Yard
Oklahoma City's Stockyards City is one of the state's most storied districts.

On the Cover
From the Twister Movie Museum in Wakita to The Ninety-Nines Museum of Women Pilots in Oklahoma City to the midcentury glory of the Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma's landscape is dotted with historic sites and memorable places. Turn to page 47 for "Treasure Maps" featuring ten history-themed road trip itineraries sure to turn any interest into a travel adventure–whether you're touring Oklahoma's movie history, visiting important Native sites, or dining at Will Rogers' favorite chili place. Illustration by JJ Ritchey

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