‘Creation of the Oklahoma Flag’ program Saturday

Team Radio Marketing Group - February 17, 2017 11:46 am

Marland’s Grand Home will host a presentation on the “Creation of the Oklahoma Flag” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.

Karen Hunter, local historian and Daughters of the American Revolution member, will speak about the 1925 design contest held by the organization to create a new flag.

The former Oklahoma state flag sported a red background with a star in the middle numbered “46,” representing the 46th state.  A new design was sought, so the DAR agreed to hold a statewide contest which was supported by the Oklahoma State Legislature.

A Shawnee artist, Louse Fluke, won with her Osage war shield design. Shortly after, Fluke moved to Ponca City with her husband, George, who began working at Conoco Oil Company. The Flukes lived most of their adult lives in Ponca City.

The presentation and lecture will consist of a power point slide show, highlighting the 1925 contest, with commentary from Hunter.  She will speak about the history of the original 1907 flag design, the suggested design change, the DAR contest, and the meaning behind today’s design.

Hunter has also created a permanent “Oklahoma Flag” wall display, which is adjacent to the DAR exhibit, also housed in Marland’s Grand Home. Guests are invited to view the new display and visit with Hunter following the presentation.  Hunter has studied local history for a number of years.  She and husband, Keith, reside near the original Marland home on East Grand Avenue.

The presentation is free with reservations required for guaranteed seating.  Call 767-0427 to make arrangements.  Marland’s Grand Home, at 1000 East Grand Avenue, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Regular tour admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students ages 6–17, and free for children age 5 and under and for Ponca City residents.


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