Outstanding Service to State Recognized in Oklahoma Hall of Fame

June 4, 2019

Shape 3d of Oklahoma map with flag isolated on white background.The highest honor offered in this state is induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Founded in 1927, the hall was created with two purposes: 1) to recognize Oklahomans who gave outstanding service to the state during their lifetime and 2) to offer educational programs to students of all ages. Located in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is housed inside the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum where visitors learn about notable and inspirational Oklahomans interactive exhibits. In large part, the state’s history comes alive through these firsthand stories of its most significant citizens. Some are lesser known, but all have shaped the history of our state, the country and the world. As a result, visiting the Oklahoma Hall of Fame offers a unique look into the lives and accomplishments of such diverse Oklahomans as actress Alfre Woodard, country music star Reba McEntire, aviation innovator Wiley Post and BMX biker Mat Hoffman. There have been a total of 669 inductees, to date. Portraits or busts of all of them can be seen in the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. To be eligible for induction, an individual must:
  • Reside in Oklahoma or be a former resident of the state.
  • Have performed outstanding service to humanity, the State of Oklahoma and the United States.
  • Be known for their public service throughout the state.
In 2000, the rules were changed to include posthumous nominations. Each November since 1928 the organization has hosted The Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony. The 92nd ceremony will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. Over 620,000 people are directly served through such Oklahoma Hall of Fame programs such as:
  • Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Hometowns
  • Free Books & Magazines from Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing
  • Free Field Trips to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum
  • Oklahoma Scholarship Recipients and Partners
  • Oklahoma Hall of Fame Statewide Outreach
  Located at 1400 Classen Dr., OKC, OK 73106, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students (age 6 to 17) and seniors (age 62 and older). Children age five and under are admitted free.
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