The Oklahoma Centennial Farm Families oral history project features interviews with family farm owners and operators who have been involved in the farming and ranching business in Oklahoma for 100 years or more and have been designated as an “Oklahoma Centennial Farm or Ranch” by the Oklahoma History Society. To qualify for the program, (1) the family must have occupied the land for at least 100 years, (b) it must be a working farm or ranch of at least 40 acres, (3) it must have $1,000 in annual sales, and (4) it must be operated by or lived on by a family member, or be leased by a family member over age 65.
The Oklahoma Centennial Farm and Ranch Program was established in March of 1989 by Governor Henry Bellmon and is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. Since 1989 over 800 farms and ranches have received designation.
Farm and ranch families have and continue to play a vital role in Oklahoma. By recording their stories, the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at the OSU Library continues to fill gaps in primary source documents concerning century old farms in Oklahoma. The project also provides a venue for increasing awareness of the importance of farms in Oklahoma by collecting, preserving, and making information about them accessible to scholars, researchers, and other interested persons.
For more information about the interviews featured in this online resource, please contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at the OSU Library at 405-744-7942 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.