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Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame Oral History Debuts

Project preserves voices of inductees past and present

February 21, 2011
Story by Caitlin Kinser, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame Oral History Project website will be publicly debuted at 11:15 a.m., Feb. 24, in the Blue Room on the second floor of the State Capitol. The project will be presented in conjunction with the annual Kate Barnard Award Luncheon.

The oral history project aims to preserve the experiences and accomplishments of inductees to the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame. These women have served as pioneers in their fields, made significant contributions to the State of Oklahoma and publicly advocated for issues important to women. The website features a photo and short biography of all the inductees since 1982, including interviews with 28 of the notable women, with more to be added to the site in the future.

“In many respects, these women have served as the 'firsts' in their field, opened doors, and blazed trails,” Assistant Professor Juliana Nykolaiszyn said.From humble beginnings, most of these women overcame obstacles to pave the way for generations to come, and their stories are a reflection of that.”

The website will serve as a platform to educate, inspire and showcase great Oklahoma women and their powerful stories. Even though not all the women are Oklahoma natives, their actions have still made a difference in the lives of others.

Of the 104 inductees, 63 are still living. Notable inductees include Angie Debo, Betty Boyd, current Governor Mary Fallin and OU Women’s Head Basketball Coach Sherri Coale.

The Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame is a project of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program (OOHRP). Formally established in 2007, the OOHRP at the OSU Library has collected and preserved firsthand accounts from individuals who have played a part in Oklahoma’s history. The Program explores the lives and contributions of Oklahomans from all walks of life. To learn more about the OOHRP call 405-744-7685, email liboh@okstate.edu, or visit http://www.library.okstate.edu/oralhistory/.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/spring11/HOF.htm
Last Updated: 18 February 2011