Pawhuska Public Library in partnership with Stillwater Public Library, is presenting by live stream video the five-part discussion series “One Book, One Community: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” based on the best-selling book “Killers of the Flower Moon” by author David Grann.
Grann’s book dramatically recounts the investigations of the murders of 24 members of the Osage Nation during the 1920s, known as the Osage Reign of Terror. “The programs are designed to foster a sense of community through a shared reading experience and to increase an understanding of a dark period in Oklahoma history and an appreciation of the Osage Nation.”
Pawhuska Public Library and Pawhuska Library Director Yvonne Rose wish to thank Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Library Director Lynda Reynolds, the Osage Nation, and other statewide sponsors for bringing this series to Pawhuska, Stillwater and surrounding areas. All five Pawhuska events will be presented by live stream video in the Pawhuska Public Library meeting room, 1801 Lynn Avenue, Pawhuska. Dates and times are as stated:
1. 7 p.m. March 1: “The Osage Nation: A Brief History” Kick-off event and lecture on Osage Nation history with Dr. Andrea Hunter, Director of the Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office.
2. 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 6: “The Problem of Riches: Oil Boom and Bust in Indian Country” with Dr. Katrina Lacher, assistant professor, University of Central Oklahoma. Lacher will explore the impact of the oil industry on the Osage Nation and other tribes. The lecture will cover the relationship between tribal members and the state and federal governments and will briefly profile the Burkhart and other Osage families and Jackson Barnett, the “world’s richest Indian.”
3. 7 p.m.: March 15: “Forensic Science Capabilities during the Osage Murders Compared to Today” with Dr. Dwight Adams, former director of the FBI Crime Lab. Adams will contrast forensics in the early 1900s with what is available in a modern crime laboratory.
4. 7 p.m. March 26: “Osage Visual Art, Both Past and Present” with Osage artist, Addie Roanhorse. Roanhorse will discuss the relationship of “Killers of the Flower Moon” to her personal life and its influence on her art.
5. 7 p.m. April 12: An Evening With Author David Grann. The award-winning author of “Killers of the Flower Moon” will discuss his research and experiences in writing the book. Descendants of Osage named in the book will share the effect these events still have on their families.
These discussions and additional events will also take place at The Stillwater Public Library, The OSU Alumni Center and other Stillwater venues. Contact Pawhuska Public Library (918) 287-3989 or Stillwater Public Library (405) 372-3633 for a complete listing of Stillwater events, locations, dates and times.
— Pawhuska Public Library