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May 19, 2013

Museum hosting history lectures

Woodward, Okla. — If you've lived here long enough then you've surely heard about Woodward's "favorite son" Temple Houston, his famous "Soiled Dove" speech, and his infamous shootout with the Jennings brothers.

But how much do you know about Temple's father Sam Houston, who is also considered by some to be a father of Texas?

Historian and retired social science professor Bob Cordell will be sharing information about Sam Houston's life and adventures during a free lecture at noon next Friday, May 24 at the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum.

Cordell said some of the details he will share include how Sam Houston was "a veteran of the War of 1812 and he was mentored by Andrew Jackson."

He said he chose Sam Houston as a lecture topic because "he's just an interesting person that I don't think we know that much about."

For example, he said that some might not know about how Sam Houston "lived among the Cherokees both in Tennessee and Oklahoma."

"There are just so many things about him that I think make for a beautiful story," Cordell said.

The former professor said it is an especially fitting lecture for the Woodward area because of the family tie through his son.

"Since Woodward has Temple as its hero, there are some who might like to know about the things that were passed from father to son, such as being a man of integrity," Cordell said.

ANOTHER LECTURE ABOUT CODE TALKERS

But Sam Houston isn't the only historical figure that Cordell believes that people should know more about.

That's why he will also be giving another noon lecture at the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum on Thursday, May 23 to talk about "Very Special Marines: The Navajo Code Talkers."

"It's a story that needs to be told, because for so long it wasn't," Cordell said, adding "These Navajo code talkers didn't get the credit they should've for making a difference in the war with Japan in the South Pacific."

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