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  • rocket launch
    Posted on: Monday, October 23, 2017

    As the Cold War simmered on, the world’s two great powers–the democratic, capitalist United States and the communist Soviet Union–continued to find ways to antagonize one another. From setting up puppet regimes and engaging in proxy wars to practicing espionage and disseminating propaganda, both nations desperately sought to gain any sort of an edge in the pursuit of dominance.

  • lore podcast logo
    Posted on: Monday, October 16, 2017

    Do you like spooky stories, folklore, and history? Then you NEED to check out Lore!

  • lore podcast image
    Posted on: Friday, October 13, 2017

    Do you like spooky stories, folklore, and history? Then you NEED to check out Lore!

    So what is Lore? It’s an award-winning, critically acclaimed podcast containing non-fiction (meaning real) scary stories, often told through the lens of folklore, written and narrated by Aaron Mahnke. Listeners have compared the experience to listening to campfire tales. If podcasts aren’t your thing, never fear. Lore is being adapted into a TV show, streaming on Amazon starting on October 13, and a book series, the first of which was released on October 10.

  • bunnies in an oklahoma field
    Posted on: Thursday, September 07, 2017

    Our members frequently donate books, magazines, and other materials to the library. It’s often fun to go through these donations, as there are sometimes unusual treasures to be found. Recently, we received a box containing, among other things, four special collector’s editions of Oklahoma Today magazine from 1979. I’ve written a few articles for Oklahoma Today, so I was curious to see what the magazine was like before I was even born.

  • Mr. Burns election posters
    Posted on: Monday, July 31, 2017

    From well-rehearsed public weeping sessions to extravagant book burnings to bloody campaigns of suppression against opposition movements, despots throughout history have utilized a number of deplorable strategies to manipulate, connive and censor their way to the top. Fuelled by hate, incapable of forming normal human relationships and unwilling to listen to dissenting voices, these tyrants personified the perfect mélange of charm and delightfulness.

  • Virus
    Posted on: Monday, March 27, 2017

    It probably won't help you survive The Big One, but history blogger Chris has pulled together some fascinating books about history's gravest pandemics. 

  • Telescopes
    Posted on: Thursday, January 26, 2017

    Whatever your endeavor, it helps to have a little history. History guy Chris has several little histories for you!

  • The Christmas Truce
    Posted on: Friday, December 23, 2016

    History blogger Chris looks at the fact and legend behind holiday traditions in this month's history post.

  • USS Arizona Memorial
    Posted on: Wednesday, December 07, 2016

    On this 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, Dec 7, 1941 - a date that still lives in infamy - we look back at true Oklahoma hero and some of the best works on this momentous entry of the US into WWII. 

  • Leningrad Symphony
    Posted on: Thursday, December 01, 2016

    There are few experiences as wonderful as reading a truly enthralling book and our music expert Breck found just such inspiration in a new work about Soviet composer Shostakovich who proved creativity and beauty can spring from even the harshest political conditions.

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