Project Overview

“One Book, One Community: Enid Reads ‘Prairie City’ by Angie Debo” is an engaging series of public programs designed to foster a sense of community through a shared reading and arts experience, to encourage literacy, to highlight the humanities through regional history and literary heritage, and to expand an appreciation for Angie Debo as a writer and interpreter of Oklahoma and Native American history. All programs are free and open to the public.

Angie Debo, often called “Oklahoma’s Greatest Historian,” grew up in Marshall, Oklahoma. In her early career she taught history at Enid High School, but moved to West Texas State Teachers’ College after attaining her masters in 1924. Upon receiving her Ph.D., she became curator of maps at the OSU Library, a position she held until retirement (even with a Ph.D, she would never hold a position in a history department at a university, largely due to gender discrimination). Debo turned to writing American Indian history and among her many discoveries she learned that much of eastern Oklahoma was dominated by a criminal conspiracy to cheat Indians out of their property. Her findings were published under the title: And Still the Waters Run. In 2004, the OSU Library and the town of Marshall were dedicated as national Literary Landmarks honoring Dr. Debo.

The series kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on September 21 with “Remembering Miss Angie”, a presentation by Dr. Ron Schaefer, former resident of Marshall, OK. His presentation will be followed by a film screening of “Indians, Outlaws, and Angie Debo.” One free copy of the book Prairie City [while supplies last] will be given to participants who register to attend one of several facilitated book discussions. An encore presentation of “Indians, Outlaws, and Angie Debo” will take place at noon on September 27. All events take place at the Enid Public Library, 120 W. Maine unless otherwise specified.

Thanks to grant funding from Oklahoma Humanities, an educational booklet introducing Angie Debo’s life and work will be published and distributed beginning October 3.  Several facilitated Book Discussions will take place during the event. Registration will begin at the September 21 kickoff program when books are distributed. To register after September 21, please visit the Service Desk on the first floor.

SPONSORS: Enid Public Library, Oklahoma State University Library, Union Pacific Foundation, Park Ave. Thrift, Oklahoma Humanities, and National Endowment for the Humanities
PARTNERS: Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Railroad Museum of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Arts Council, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Visit Enid, and University of Oklahoma Press
“Funding for the booklet is provided in part by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this series do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.”

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