February 23, 2023 to February 23, 2023
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will hold a free virtual webinar on “Turning Records into an Archive: A Reflection on the Oklahoma Black Homesteader Project” presented by Dr. Kalenda Eaton.
Over the past year, a small team of scholars has worked to piece together an intriguing history of hope, migration, settlement, perseverance, and politics on the Plains. The Oklahoma Black Homesteader Project, led by Dr. Kalenda Eaton, was created to research and organize the experiences of African Americans who entered Oklahoma Territory from 1889-1920 and directly benefitted from the Federal Homestead Act of 1862. The presentation will include a brief description of the project; a discussion of the process and methodology; a few surprise findings; and a reflection on the role digital archives can have in making rural western Black history visible.