College of Liberal Arts: Department of History and Geography: Laboratory of History Museum

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To preserve and interpret the history of the University of Central Oklahoma within the broader historical context of the community, state, and the nation.

Save the Date for our 100th Anniversary Event!!

The University of Central Oklahoma Laboratory of History Museum presents An Evening with Thomas Jefferson at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, in Ballroom C of the Nigh University Center.

Steven Edenbo has studied and portrayed Thomas Jefferson since 1999. In addition to continuing independent study, he researched Jefferson as a resident fellow at Monticello's International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, Va. He appears regularly at such venues as The National Archives in Washington, D.C. and Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Steve has been featured on television as Mr. Jefferson in various History Channel & PBS documentaries, as well as in Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." He has shared Jefferson's life & legacy across the U.S. and in England.

This event is being held in celebration of the Laboratory of History Museum’s 100th anniversary. Founded in 1915 by UCO history professor Lucy Jeston Hampton, the museum preserves and exhibits UCO’s history while serving as a training tool for students in the History-Museum Studies program. Located in historic Evans Hall, exhibits display the history of UCO within the broader context of the community, state, and nation.

The program will include a question-and-answer session with the audience. The Trio Antiqua of the UCO Center for Historical Performance will perform period music at the event. A reception following the program will be held in the Nigh University Center’s Heritage Room. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is sponsored by the Laboratory of History Museum, Future Museum Professionals Organization, UCO’s College of Liberal Arts, UCO's Department of History & Geography and the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

For more information about this event or the Laboratory of History Museum, please contact the museum’s director, Heidi Vaughn, at or 405.974.5789

The Laboratory of History Museum is dedicated to the preservation of UCO history through the collection and interpretation of objects, oral histories, documents, and photographs. The museum serves the educational needs of faculty and students and offers programs and services to the university and the community.

Under the supervision of the museum director, students in the History-Museum Studies program serve as staff of the museum, giving them the opportunity for "hands-on" training. The students present programs and tours, and participate in the interpretation, exhibition, and care and management of the collection.

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