“The 150th of the Washita: The Science Behind the Details”
On November 27, 1868, Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer led the 7th U.S. Cavalry on a surprise dawn attack on a Cheyenne village led by Peace Chief Black Kettle. The event was an example of the tragic clash of cultures that occurred during the Great Plains Wars. It is also a place of remembrance and reflection for those who died here.
Presented by Mr. Kevin R. Mohr
Chief of Interpretation & Operations
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site
Speaker Bio: Mr. Mohr began his National Park Service career as a park guide at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico in 2007. Three years later, he joined the staff at Everglades National Park as the Volunteer Coordinator. Mr. Mohr arrived in Western Oklahoma as the new Chief of Interpretation and Operations at the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site in September 2014. Prior to his government employment, Mr. Mohr was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa, from 2004 to 2006. Mohr holds a Master of Arts degree in Recreation from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Physical Education from Catawba College in North Carolina. Although he mostly grew up in Florida and was born in Wisconsin, he and his two kids now call Cheyenne, Oklahoma, home.
If you have a couple of extra hours to spend in Weatherford after the OAS meeting, consider the following museums.
Stafford Air and Space Museum
The Stafford Air & Space Museum is named in honor of Weatherford native and legendary test pilot and astronaut, Lt. General Thomas P. Stafford. The museum is considered as one of the finest and most comprehensive air and space museums in the central United States and encompasses over an acre of exhibits under one roof.
The museum is located about 0.5 miles west of exit 84 on I-40 at the north end of the Weatherford airport.
OAS attendees get a $1 discount with their OAS name tag. College students get in for only $3 + tax (with a student ID).
Heartland of America Museum
The Heartland of America Museum opened on June 12, 2007. Here, visitors can see - up close and personal - many artifacts from the late 1800s through the 1950s as they walk through the 32 major historical exhibits and nearly 40 aisle cabinet exhibits.
The museum is located in Weatherford, Oklahoma and is visible on the south side of Interstate 40 between exits 82 and 84.
Brochures for both museums will be available at the OAS registration desk.