Some Centennial events that took place on Oklahoma’s 100th birthday

By the Associated Press

A list of some of the centennial events that took place across the state on Nov. 16, 2007, Oklahoma’s 100th birthday, which has been declared a one-time state holiday by Gov. Brad Henry.

– Guthrie: Oklahoma’s first capital served as the setting for the re-enactment of events that took place on Nov. 16, 1907, including the announcement of the presidential proclamation, the gubernatorial inauguration, the ceremonial wedding between Miss Indian Territory and Mr. Oklahoma Territory and an inaugural parade.

– Oklahoma City: Oklahoma natives Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood and The Flaming Lips are among those who performed at the Centennial Spectacular at the Ford Center.

– Statewide: The Oklahoma Hospital Association recognized all babies born at member hospitals as “Centennial Babies,” with each family receiving a certificate and basket of commemorative items.

– Checotah: Dedication of the Checotah Heartland Heritage Center.

– Cordell: Dedication of the Washita County Courthouse.

– Frederick: Dedication of the Tillman County Courthouse.

– Harrah: Dedication of the Harrah Historical Main Street.

– Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Centennial High School celebration, included a performance by the Oklahoma Centennial Choir and a centennial cake made by students.

– Pocola: City’s centennial celebration included a parade, fireworks, historical demonstrations and Indian dancers.

– Ponca City: A plaza constructed at Standing Bear Native American Park with an Oklahoma flag design was unveiled.

– Perkins: A territorial plaza with 12-foot bronze statues of Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton and Iowa Tribal Chief Notchimine wias unveiled, including an arboretum of native plant life and an outdoor museum depicting the social history of the Iowa Tribe and the early settlement of Perkins.

– Tulsa: Activities included a Statehood Day prayer breakfast at the Greenwood Cultural Center, a photography exhibit and special honor for Tulsa centenarians at the Hall of Fame at the Tulsa Historical Society.
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