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A visit to Buffalo Trace — the oldest continously producing U.S. distillery

Reprinted with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise By Roseanne McKee Oklahoma is inextricably linked to bison, or buffalo as they are often called. Bartlesville uses buffalo statuary as symbols throughout the city. With Oklahoma’s connection in mind, my husband and I recently visited the…

Osage marriage customs of the past

By: Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise Historically, Osage people had a very different approach to marriage than they do today. Marriages were arranged through a formal, negotiation process between the families over four days. Author Robert Liebert describes the process…

USPS releases Kiowa mural stamp with Anadarko celebration

Based on a press release by the USPS The Postal Service is celebrating one of its lobby government-commissioned artworks featuring one of the Anadarko, OK, Post Office murals, named “Kiowas Moving Camp.” In the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration commissioned artwork in Post…

Osage mark months with moon references

By: Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise Calendar months for the Osage were marked by references to the moon. For example, the month of February was “Light of Day Returns Moon,” according to the book “Osage Life & Legends” by Robert…

A Rare Look at Osage Before First Contact

By Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise Before Europeans arrived in North America, the Osage people were organized into a complex society with well-formed traditions. However, the Osage elders decided not to speak of the time before first contact and that…

American Indian Style Show – Part I

By Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise “There’s no museum in the world that has all the Indian clothes. I have 50. The collection is stored in Tulsa and is insured,” said Osage elder Margaret Bird as she prepared her models…

December is a great time to visit regional historic homes

By: Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise December is a wonderful time to see area historic homes, and we have three impressive ones having special open houses and tour times for the Christmas season. The Frank Phillips Home at 1107 Cherokee…