Last week Sherri Pankhurst from Cordell Public Schools was the lead facilitator for a Celebrate Oklahoma Voices workshop in Stratford, Oklahoma. These are some of the best videos created during the 2.5 day workshop by Stratford educators which Sherri has “featured” this week on our COV learning community.

As a lover of western heritage and the former volunteer webmaster of the U.S. Cavalry Association, I found Cathryn Blackburn‘s video, “A Horse Story,” very compelling. Isn’t it amazing to realize just a short time ago the U.S. Army used thousands of horses like these in the cavalry, many of which were born right here in Oklahoma? We’re still a leading state for horse breeders, even though the U.S. army is no longer a buyer!

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If you’ve ever listened to Toby Keith and Willie Nelson‘s song, “Beer for My Horses,” and wondered about the truth behind citizen posse legends, take a few minutes to listen and watch Tyler Lasher’s video, “Lynching Law.” Tyler tells the story of the lynching which took place in Ada, Oklahoma on April 19, 1909.

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Many of the videos on our Celebrate Oklahoma Voices learning community are “tribute” videos to family members. Beverly Morgan created the video, “True Honor of Love, Loyalty, and Faith,” for her grandfather, Chumley W. Waldrop. He graduated from high school in Maud, Oklahoma, and served in the U.S. Green Berets for 21 years. He passed away in 1995. This video is a touching tribute to his life and the ways he both served his nation and touched the lives of his family and friends.

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More videos are available on our Celebrate Oklahoma Voices learning community. We currently have 244 videos created by Oklahoma educators and students on the site. All the resources and handouts for this statewide oral history project are available for free download from our project wiki site, and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Only License.

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