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In Oklahoma history, many times it is surprising where a person’s dreams can take them. One little boy’s dreams led to a lifetime of public service.

From Chilocco to Yankee Stadium

      As a little boy, Emmett Seeley always had big dreams. He played baseball every day after his chores were finished and his mother gave him permission. Late in life he became a popular coach of Little League teams in Murray County and, in between, he served his country. Emmett Seeley was a little boy who made his dream come true, then returned home to Oklahoma to fuel the dreams of other little boys.

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In Oklahoma history, few dates have greater significance than April 19, 1995. In honor of the 25th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony this week, we would like to share this part of Oklahoma’s history.

On April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City and the nation experienced something they had never experienced before. The United States, and Oklahoma specifically, was under attack. The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was the target of a homemade bomb. Many people including children did not get to go home that day. People around the country mourned the loss of lives in Oklahoma.

Although the country was feeling a sense of loss, the country also felt a togetherness. That feeling of unity was heard in messages that went around the world. The President offered words of support, hope, and comfort. Countless firefighters, police officers, and paramedics flooded the streets to help those in need.

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In Oklahoma history, many from humble beginnings achieve true greatness. Winning Olympic gold medals was just one part of Jim Thorpe’s multi-sport career but they brought worldwide acclaim to Wa-Tho-Huk.

Jim Thorpe, Oklahoma Athlete

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In Oklahoma history, one of the first of the deputies in Indian Territory was a former slave from Texas named Bass Reeves.

Bass Reeves, Legendary Lawman

One of the first black Deputy U.S. Marshals west of the Mississippi River, Bass Reeves was commissioned in 1875 and worked thirty-two years as a marshal. By statehood in 1907, Reeves was said to be the "most feared deputy U.S. marshal to work the Indian Territory."

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In Oklahoma history, April 14, 1935, is known as Black Sunday, the date of the worst storm in Oklahoma and many states during the Dust Bowl era. In responding to a drought that became a national disaster, a president become an environmental champion.  

An adaption of President Roosevelt and the Dust Bowl

By Paul M. Sparrow, Director, FDR Library

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