2006 - 2007


State Centennial Events

Lawton's First State Centennial Project,

"Spirit of the Buffalo"

One of the Oklahoma City's Herd, a Gift to the City of Lawton by AEP-PSO

“Through the eyes of the Buffalo”
by Oliver Poemoceah, Comanche Artist

An Official State Centennial Project


AUGUST 9, 2006

Photo courtesy, Sue Large

4:00 pm: Lawton Birthday Parade, Downtown, Sponsored by the Lawton Ranger's Historical Association and Oklahoma's Centennial Riding Club - The Lawton Rangers. The parade will pass through downtown Lawton featuring area riding clubs, antique car clubs, Ft. Sill units, and other community organizations. Event web site: www.lawtonrangers.org, call 580-429-8419.


AUGUST 9, 10, 11, & 12, 2006

Photo courtesy, Sue Large

7:15 pm: Lawton Ranger's PRCA Rodeo, 2004 SE 60th, PRCA Rodeo offering $10,000 added money in all 7 events. In 2005, Six current PRCA champions competed. Features of the rodeo include the largest grand entry in Texhoma. Presented by Oklahoma's Centennial Riding Club - The Lawton Rangers. Event web site: www.lawtonrangers.org, call 580-429-8419.


NOVEMBER 4, 2006 - DECEMBER 30, 2007

"Saint Mary's Catholic School:

100 Years of Academic Excellence and Teaching to Serve"

A reception for this exhibit opens November 11, Museum of the Great Plains, 601 NW Ferris Ave., Lawton, OK, Daily 8 am to 5 pm, Sundays 1pm to 6 pm except holidays, 580-581-3460. The exhibit will tell the story of a group of dedicated educators who built a school to serve all children of the new state of Oklahoma: Native American, immigrants, pioneer children, and military children alike.




JANUARY 1 - MAY 30, 2007

Collaborative Centennial State Map

A Lawton Public Schools Program

Lincoln Elementary, Central Middle School, and Lawton High School students create twenty-five paintings to be assembled into a mural, the "Centennial State Map". The mural's creation begins with the elementary students, the paintings will then be passed on to the middle students for further development, and then they will go on to the high school students who will develop them even further. In the end, each painting will present a piece of Oklahoma's History. The finished work will be on display at the Great Plains Museum. Dates and times for the opening reception and show are to be announced. Call Patti Cargill, Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction at 580-357-6900, ext. 241 or email pcargill@lawtonps.org.



FEBRUARY 22, 2007

Centennial Lecture Series

7:00 pm: "Lawton-Ft. Sill: The Early Years", Towanna Spivey, Director of the Ft. Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum

Presented by the Southwest Oklahoma Historical Society. Contact Paul Follett, President at 580-581-3450, ext. 6 or email pfollett@cityof.lawton.ok.us .

Co-Sponsors are the Fort Sill Museum and the Lawton Public Library


JANUARY 13 - MARCH 11, 2007

"Centennial Quilt Exhibit"

Museum of the Great Plains, 601 NW Ferris Ave., Lawton, Event web site: www.museumgreatplains.org or call 580-581-3450 for more information.

Museum Hours :
   Monday - Friday  10:00 am - 5:00 pm   
Saturday               10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday                    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Museum Admission:
   Adults 12 and older              $5.00
   Children  7-11 years old       $2.50
   Children under 7,  Free with adult
   Seniors                                 $4.00

Group Rates * Non-program (self tour):
Elementary School Students (5 or more) $2.00
Jr. and Sr. High School Students (10 or more) $2.50
Pre-School Students $1.00
Adults and College Students (15 or more)    $3.00

Family Membership holders - FREE • Lawton Residents - FREE on Sundays



MARCH 9, 10, 11, 2007

"Legacy...Our Oklahoma Musical Heritage"

An Official State Centennial Project

Lawton Community Theatre is proud to present this official centennial project. This show is a musical showcase featuring the Young Friends of Lawton Community Theatre presenting songs by Oklahomans and about our great state, event web site: www.lawtontheatre.org or call 580-355-1600 for more information.


APRIL 26, 2007

Centennial Lecture Series

7 pm, Wallace Moore speaks about the "Buffalo Soldiers", Museum of the Great Plains

Presented by the Southwest Oklahoma Historical Society. Contact Paul Follett, President at 580-581-3450, ext. 6 or email pfollett@cityof.lawton.ok.us

Co-Sponsors are the Fort Sill Museum and the Lawton Public Library


MAY 18, 2007

Armed Forces Day Parade

An Official State Centennial Project

Courtesy Photo, Lawton-Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce

Time 5 pm: Armed Forces Day Parade, Downtown, Lawton, Largest Armed Forces Day Parade in the nation with more than 125 entries annually. Entries include Fort Sill's historic 77th Army Band (celebrating its 100th birthday!) and horse drawn half-section. Additional entrees include area high school bands, marching military units with equipment, and veteran groups. Also, floats representing local businesses and national organizations will honor our Armed Forces. Contact the Lawton-Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce, Event web site: www.lawtonfortsillchamber.com or call 580-581-355-3541


JUNE 15 & 16, 2007


June 15 & 16

An Official State Centennial Project

   Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863!

   The Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln freed more than 250,000 slaves in Texas alone. The reaction to this news ranged from shock to immediate jubilation.

  The Juneteenth Celebration under the direction of the Freedman’s Bureau in 1867 was the first to have as part of its calendar of public events where families and friends gathered to revere their history.  A range of activities centered on dress, food, speeches, music, parades and a variety of cultural activities became the centerpiece of the Juneteenth Celebration.  Barbeque became the food of choice. Food was abundant because everyone prepared a special dish. A true Juneteenth celebrations left visitors well satisfied and with enough conversation to last until the next.


June 15th, Friday

Honoring Our “Most Senior Lawtonians", 7 pm

 McMahon Memorial Auditorium


June 16th, Saturday

Food, Music, Activities,



at the

Patterson Center and the O.H. Arnold Park - 5 pm


JUNE 18-22, 2007

Boy Scouts of America,

Day Camp for Cub Scouts

Elmer Thomas Park near the Veterans' Memorial

Centennial theme that will allow the young campers to travel through time.

Call 580-357-3633 for more information.



JUNE 28, 2007

Lawton Pro Musica Choral Concert,

“Oklahoma, A Century in Song”

Thursday, June 28, 2007 at Centenary United Methodist Church, 704 SW D Ave., Lawton, OK 

There is no charge for admission.

Lawton Pro Musica, Lawton’s chamber choir, will feature music from the vast array of music that has shaped our great state, such as the folk songs and hymns the settlers sang during the early years, continuing with Woody Guthrie and such standards as “This Land Is Your Land.” Oklahoma was a prominent player on the Broadway stage with the ever-loved musical, Oklahoma by Rogers and Hammerstein, and the hit musical Will Rogers Follies, celebrating our most famous native son. A special part of our concert will be several numbers from the musical A Little North of Texas (Oklahoma Opening) by local composer Jim Brock.  This musical tells the story of the land lottery and early years of Lawton.  This concert is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Centennial and the City of Lawton.


JULY 4, 2007

"I Love America"


Elmer Thomas Park located at NW Ferris and 2nd Street

2 to 10 pm

Sponsored by the Lawton First Assembly Church

"This freedom celebration is designed to honor our state, our country, and the God who has blessed us." There will be entertainment for all ages with most branches of the US military present with equipment on display. Highlights include a "Living Flag", 125 voice choir singing Gospel and patriotic songs with a full orchestra; guest speaker, Dave Roever; and a "Concert in the Sky", an incredible fireworks display featuring the choir and orchestra performing patriotic songs. Sponsored by Lawton First Assembly, Don Barnes, Pastor, 580-536-9325, www.lawtonfirst.org



AUGUST 3, 2007

1911, Courtesy Photo, Lawton Public Schools

3:00 pm-5:00 pm: Rededication & Reception of the Original Lawton High School, “B” Ave. , Lawton



AUGUST 3 & 4, 2007

Lawton-Ft.Sill 106th Birthday
Celebration with Community Salute to the State Centennial

Official State Centennial Projects

The City of Lawton, the Lawton Heritage Association, the State’s Centennial Riding Club - Lawton Rangers, and the Pioneer Club has joined forces in planning “the Lawton-Ft.Sill 106th Birthday Celebration with a Community Salute to the State’s Centennial”!

Mattie Beal Mansion

An Official State Centennial Project

Courtesy Photo, Lawton Heritage Association

State Centennial Celebration
5th and Summit

The kick off for this community event begins Friday, August 3rd, 6:30 pm at the historic Mattie Beal Mansion located at 5th and Summit. Free and open to the public, a living history performance of “Mattie’s Place”, an one-act play written by Dr. James Brock will be presented. Also performing will be the Lawton Pro Musica professional choral group. This historical re-enactment takes place on the front porch where Mattie and her husband Charles talk to several of their distinguished guests about the past, present, and future of the state. The cast includes Teresa Jensen as Mattie Beal, Neil West as CW Payne, and Melissa Horn as Florence Taylor, one of Mattie’s friends. Another performance will take place Saturday, August 4th at 2 pm. Following each performance, the public may take a self-guided tour of the home at no charge. For these two events, additional parking is available across the street at the old Southwestern Hospital parking lot courtesy of KCA Intertribal Land Use Committee and Dr. Gregory Morton III. Visit www.lawtonheritage.org or call 580-678-3156.

After Saturday’s August 4th performance at the Mattie Beal Home, the public is invited to gather at Elmer Thomas Park where the City of Lawton, the 77th Army Band, the Lawton Rangers, and the Pioneer Club have planned a parade, food, concert, and fireworks. Please note that due to the parade, the public wishing to use the new Elmer Thomas parking lots should be in the park by 4:00 pm. The park will be closed to public parking and park street access during the parade from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Other street closings include Ferris Avenue from 10th Street to 2nd Street from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

The event will begin with the Lawton Rangers Centennial Parade at 5:00 pm. The parade route will start at Lawton High School and proceed east on Ferris Avenue then enter into the park at 3rd Street. While waiting for the parade, visit the various vendors selling snow cones and various other summertime treats. Free Hot Dogs will be served starting at 6 pm until they are gone (first come, first served).

After the parade, at the park’s new amphitheater, the 77th Army band, who also celebrates their own centennial this year, will perform a very special concert. A fireworks display will follow.

This event is almost like we did it 100 years ago but just a wee bit bigger!! Suggested items to bring with you are picnic blankets, lawn chairs, water, & snacks. Family fun for everyone, however please leave pets at home, working animals only. Other items to leave at home are alcohol beverages and personal firework.

Call the Arts & Humanities Division at 580-581-3470 or 581-3471 for more information.


Centennial Tours of Historic Mattie Beal Home throughout 2007

Guided tours include the history of the house and family.

2nd Sunday and the 4th Saturday of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

August 3 Friday 6:30 pm No charge
August 4 Saturday 2:00 pm No charge

Cost is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children (Elementary School)

Visit www.lawtonheritage.org or call 580-678-3156.

Stair case photo

AUGUST 6, 2007

Pioneer Club of Lawton Event

10 am at the Little Chapel located at 719 SW D Ave. the club will hold a memorial service for members who have pass on this year. The following ladies will be honored during the service:  Jo Williamson, Sylvia Odegarrd, & Willa Dean Johnson.  Contact the Pioneer Club of Lawton at 353-8139 or 357-0806 for more information.


AUGUST 8, 9, 10, & 11, 2007


An Official State Centennial Project

2004 SE 60th

Photo courtesy, Sue Large

SLACK performances

8:00 am Thursday & Friday Morning, Free Admission


Advance tickets $10, $12 at the gate, Kids under 6 yrs Free

7:30 pm Largest Grand Entry in Texhoma each evening

8:00 pm: Lawton Ranger's PRCA Rodeo, presented by Oklahoma's Centennial Riding Club - The Lawton Rangers, You will see some of the top ranked cowboys on the PRCA!


"Tough Enough to Wear Pink"

Thursday, August 9th, everyone is invited to wear pink for the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” fundraiser. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer! The official “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” web site is www.toughenoughtowearpink.com

Friday, August 10 & Saturday, August 11, a rodeo dance follows the last competition.
Event web site: www.lawtonrangers.org, call 580-512-0054 or 351-0475 for more

Event web site: www.lawtonrangers.org, call 580-512-0054 or 351-0475



AUGUST 30, 2007

Centennial Lecture Series

7 pm, Patricia Rochette speaks about "Civil War in Red River Country", Museum of the Great Plains

Presented by the Southwest Oklahoma Historical Society. Contact Paul Follett, President at 580-581-3450, ext. 6 or email pfollett@cityof.lawton.ok.us

Co-Sponsors are the Fort Sill Museum and the Lawton Public Library




"Full Circle and the Other Side: The Oklahoma Centennial"

Comanche Nation College Theatre Troupe, 1608 SW 9th Street, Lawton, OK, www.cnc.cc.ok.us, 580-591-0203

A collection of readings including viewpoints of Comanche and area tribal people and how they were affected by the events of removal and life on assigned allotted lands. The stories will present a stunning interruption of Comanche culture, as it moves toward modernity.

This "Full Circle" storytelling event, which will connect modern-day Oklahoma with its dramatic tribal history, and tell the other side of the story; the impact of the Oklahoma Statehood and today's tribal nations.

SEPTEMBER 21, 22 & 23, 2007

28th Annual

International Festival

An Official State Centennial Project

Lawton Public Library Plaza, Between 3rd and 4th Streets Festival Hours:  Friday 5 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 11 am – 10 pm, & Sunday 12 noon – 5 pm,

Call the Arts and Humanities Division at 580-581-3470


visit www.cityof.lawton.ok.us/LAHC/IF.htm



September 28, 29, & 30, October 4, 5, 6, & 7

"A Little North of Texas"

Opening Show of the 2007-2008 Season

Original Musical Theatre written, scored, and composed by James Brock

A Lawton Community Theatre Production


Call Cynthia Kent, Managing Director for more information at 580-355-1600 or visit the web site at www.lawtontheatre.org.

This musical tells the story of Lawton in the years leading up to statehood. Cynthia Kent is Artistic Director with Linda Chapman, Musical Director; James Brock, Choreographer; and Travis Bohannan, Set and Light Design.



SEPTEMBER 28, 29, & 30

Boy Scout Centennial


Sponsored by the Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America and the City of Lawton

Elmer Thomas Park

Excitement is in the air as Oklahoma kicks off its Centennial year with a slate of special events designed to help Oklahomans celebrate their heritage. And what a rich heritage Oklahoma has to celebrate. As Oklahomans look back over the first hundred years of statehood, Oklahoma’s own Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America is celebrating the first century of Scouting.

It is hard to believe that a hundred years have passed since Lord Baden Powell began Scouting in England in 1907. As a youth, Robert Baden-Powell greatly enjoyed the outdoors, learning about nature and how to live in the wilderness. After returning as a military hero from service in Africa, Baden-Powell discovered that English boys were reading the manual on stalking and survival in the wilderness he had written for British soldiers. Gathering ideas from Ernest Thompson Seton, Daniel Carter Beard, and others, he rewrote the manual as a nonmilitary nature skill book and called it Scouting for Boys.

For more information visit the web site - www.lastfrontiercouncil.org or

call 580-357-3633



OCTOBER 3-7, 2007

Vision of Hope

Oklahoma Worship Gathering & Encampment 2007,

Camp Y'Shua, Meers, OK. Open 24 hours October 3-7, 2007

The public is invited to come and take communion inside the Tipi.

The land today known as Camp Y'Shua was historically considered a special place of vision for the Kiowa & Comanche people. Today it serves families, children, and churches of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds as a Christian retreat facility of all denominations within the Christian faith. The Saving Grace Outdoor Chapel (Tipi) overlooks Tar-Bone Valley known today as Camp Y'Shua where the communion table of the Lord is served on regular basis. Contact Jim Templeton, Camp Coordinator, 580-429-8700, email: kim@vohope.org or visit www.aogn.org/CampYShua/campyshua.html Sponsored by Camp Y'Shua.


October 9, 2007

Centennial Lecture Series

7 pm, "Old Time Country Music and Cowboy Poets", Traditional, Blue Grass and Gospel Music, Great Plains Technology Center, Worley Seminar Center

Presented by the Southwest Oklahoma Historical Society. Contact Paul Follett, President at 580-581-3450, ext. 6 or email pfollett@cityof.lawton.ok.us

Co-Sponsors are the Fort Sill Museum and the Lawton Public Library






An Official State Centennial Project

A Display of Apparel from Early Statehood

Free and open to the public

Museum of the Great Plains

601 NW Ferris Ave.

Lawton, OK

2 - 4:30 pm

You are welcome to come and go at this tea and trunk show celebrating the state centennial. There will be a yummy tea with a wonderful display of vintage clothing from the early days of statehood. This will include dresses, hats, pins, boots, broaches, fans, homemade needle & needlework, dolls, and much much more. Call 458-0252, 357-0806, or 353-8139 for more information.