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October 16, 2013

Fall Lecture Series continues on cowboy music, culture

ENID, Okla. — Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s Fall Lecture Series “Legacy of the Oklahoma Cherokee Strip” will continue Monday with a presentation on cowboy music and culture.  

Hugh Foley, professor of fine arts at Rogers State University in Claremore, will perform American West music while sharing about cowboy culture, character traits and duties.

Foley is author of “Oklahoma Music Guide,” as well as several articles, essays, and encyclopedia entries on subjects relating to the music and film of Oklahoma. His award-winning video documentaries on American Indian life and music in Oklahoma have been shown nationwide on public television and at national conferences, along with receiving thousands of online views.

Along with teaching, Foley has worked in radio and television broadcasting since 1977. He earned a Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University.

Foley serves as the state scholar for New Harmonies, a Smithsonian exhibit about American roots music that is touring the state of Oklahoma through sponsorship by the Oklahoma Humanities Council. He is a founding board member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, currently serving as a governor’s appointee to the board through 2016.

Foley is part of the Stillwater-based folk-rock duo, Slapout. He also volunteers as a bugler for Bugles Across America, a nationwide organization that provides live buglers playing “Taps” for veterans’ memorial services.

The Heritage Center’s Fall Lecture Series will continue on consecutive Monday nights through Nov. 4. The lecture series will be 7 p.m. in the Gantz Center at Northern Oklahoma College Enid. The lecture series is free and open to the public.

The lecture series features different Oklahoma scholars for each lecture, each speaking on the area of their expertise. Each lecture will be 45 minutes long, followed by a time of questions and answers. Following the lectures, those in attendance will have the opportunity to visit with the scholars and purchase their books and merchandise.

The entire lecture series is being filmed by the Oklahoma Historical Society and made available for public television and for purchase at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.

The other lectures are:

• Oct. 28, “Cherokee Strip Land Run September 16, 1893,” by Bob Blackburn, executive director, Oklahoma Historical Society. He will speak on the circumstances that led to the opening of the Cherokee Strip and the greatest land run in American history.

• Nov. 4 “The Legacy of Determination, Depravation and Resilience,” by Kenny Brown, professor of history, University of Central Oklahoma. He will speak on pioneers who settled the Cherokee Strip and their resolve.

For information on the Fall Lecture Series, go to the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s website at

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