Field trips allow teacher participants to gain a sense for how this region of the Midwest developed as part of a larger heartland by fostering a deeper sense of the specific history of Southwest Oklahoma and a better understanding of the role that the area around the Wichita Mountains played in this history. The specific focus of the two main field trips incorporated into the institute are described below. In addition, there will be a number of other opportunities of a less academic variety that will give teacher participants a chance to meet institute faculty in less formal settings than the classroom. These will include the official opening of the institute on the evening of Sunday June 7th for those who are able to be present, a meal out on June 10th in the Medicine Park area, and a final farewell banquet at the close of the institute.
Fort Sill National Landmark and Museum
This field trip will introduce students to the role of the U.S. federal authorities, chiefly in the form of the U.S. Army, in the lives of Native Americans in Southwest Oklahoma.
Museum of the Great Plains and the Comanche Nation Museum
This field trip is intended to introduce institute students to the role of Southwest Oklahoma’s Native American peoples and European settlers in determining the 19th- and 20th-century history of encounter that resulted in the formation of the State of Oklahoma.
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Funding for this project has been made possible in part by a generous grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the course
of the institute do not necessarily represent those of the OHC.