All park sites closed on Thanksgiving (November 28), Christmas (December 25), and New Year's Day (January 1).
The 145th Anniversary Event Rescheduled
The 145th Anniversary Event on Sunday December 8, featuring Dr. Elliott West, has been postponed due to deteriorating weather conditions in Oklahoma.
Stories of the Elders
Contact: Kathryn Harrison, 580-497-2742
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site is pleased to announce that Mrs. Emma Lou Standing Water Brewer will begin the first of a three-week series, Stories of the Elders program, Wednesday, February 13th. "For over 30 years, I have been honored to share a little bit of my heritage with elementary students in Elk City. Now, I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with the Stories of the Elders program in Cheyenne," Mrs. Brewer said.
In the following two weeks, February 20th and 27th, Roman Nose State Park interpretive ranger Minoma Littlehawk Sills will serve as the guest storyteller. The park invites everyone to come out to the visitor center to hear these Cheyenne women recount those tales which showcase the rich culture and traditions of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribe.
The program is scheduled to start at 3:30 PM. Everyone is invited to come, sit down by the fire, and listen to Mrs. Brewer and Mrs. Littlehawk Sills as they share the stories passed down to them through the years.
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Washita Battlefield National Historic Site protects and interprets the setting along the Washita River where Lt. Col. George A. Custer led the 7th U.S. Cavalry on a surprise dawn attack against the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle on November 27, 1868. The attack was an important event in the tragic clash of cultures of the Indian Wars era. The site is located in western Oklahoma near the town of Cheyenne, halfway between Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Amarillo, Texas. The park's new visitor center is located one mile west of Cheyenne on Highway 47A. For more information, call 580-497-2742 or check www.nps.gov/waba.
Did You Know?
According to legend, the Great Spirit created the Indian Blanket to honor an Indian artisan. Also known as the Firewheel, this state wildflower of Oklahoma can be found while walking the trail at Washita Battlefield National Historic Site.