In April, millions of tiny flowers spread over the blackjack hills and vast prairies in the Osage territory of Oklahoma. There are Johnny-jump-ups and spring beauties and little bluets. The Osage writer John Joseph Mathews observed that the galaxy of petals makes it look as if the “gods had left confetti.” In May, when coyotes howl beneath an unnervingly large moon, taller plants, such as spiderworts and black-eyed Susans, begin to creep over the tinier blooms, stealing their light and water. The necks of the smaller flowers break and their petals flutter away, and before long they are buried underground. This is why the Osage Indians refer to May as the time of the flower-killing moon (excerpt from "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann).

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One Book, One Community: “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” is the ninth community-wide reading series for Stillwater. 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.  


Hunter Grayhorse     Thur., Mar. 1 @ 7 pm - Stillwater Public Library

Kick-off with guest speaker Dr. Andrea Hunter (Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office) presenting “The Osage Nation: A Brief History,” which traces the history of the Osage from the earliest known existence to the removal of the tribe into Oklahoma. Attendees may register for the series and get a free copy of “Killers of the Flower Moon” when they sign-up for a book discussion.

A livestream of this event will be shown at the Pawhuska Public Library.

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Tues, Mar. 6 @ 1-2:30 pm - Stillwater Public Library

"The Problem of Riches: Oil Boom and Bust in Indian Country"
with Dr. Katrina Lacher (Univ. of Central Oklahoma) explores the early twentieth century meteoric rise of the oil industry and its impact on the Osage, Creek, Seminole, and other tribes.

This event takes place at the OLLI Town Hall held in the library.

A livestream of this event will be shown at the Pawhuska Public Library.

cushing gusher      Thur, Mar. 8 @ 5-7 pm - Stillwater History Museum at Sheerar

The Life of Boom and Bust Oil Towns in Payne County” exhibit opening at the Stillwater Museum of History at Sheerar. In the 1910s, striking oil could transform a quiet town into a bustling community in a matter of days. In Payne County the discovery of oil was no different, leading to oil booms and busts throughout the county. Oil brought new life to the county, but also opened more doors for corruption and lawlessness. The exhibit runs through June 8. "Cushing Gusher" from Oklahoma Historical Society.
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Thur, Mar. 15 @ 7 pm - Stillwater Public Library

“Forensic Science Capabilities during the Osage Murders Compared to Today”
with Dr. Dwight Adams (UCO, Forensic Science Institute) – The former director of the FBI laboratory at Quantico and member of the team that developed DNA techniques first used in 1988, will discuss law enforcement technologies in the early 1900’s and contrast with those available in a modern crime laboratory. Participants will follow the investigation of the murders in Osage County beginning in 1921 and compare the events to modern day investigations.

A livestream of this event will be shown at the Pawhuska Public Library.

Osage Tribal Murders      Tues, Mar. 20 @ 6 pm - Stillwater Public Library

"Osage Tribal Murders"
documentary screening with discussion led by Kathryn Red Corn, former long-time Osage Tribal Museum director. The documentary recounts, through interviews and re-enactments, the 1920s Osage murders, also known as the "Reign of Terror." 
Pipestem Drum     Sat, Mar. 24 @ 1-5 pm - Stillwater Public Library

Osage Cultural Fair
– Experience traditional Osage culture at this family-focused, come-and-go event including Osage dance, singing, and story demonstrations, as well as booths featuring traditional Osage foods, ribbon art crafts, dice games, pottery, Osage language activities, and an Osage Drum exhibit.

Visit the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center for more information on Osage culture.

Addie headshot      Mon, Mar. 26 @ 7 pm - Stillwater Public Library

“Osage Art” with Addie Roanhorse, artist, photographer, and senior graphic design specialist for the Osage Nation, who will discuss Osage art, both past and present, and how David Grann’s book is related to her personal life and the influences on her art.

Learn more about Addie's Roanhorse's art.

A livestream of this event will be shown at the Pawhuska Public Library.


ballet      Thur, Apr. 5 @ 7 pm - Stillwater Community Center

Wahzhazhe- An Osage Ballet” includes a dance performance by the Osage Student Ballet and commentary from director Randy Tinker Smith.

Story behind the performance.

Grann Photo DD      Thur, Apr. 12 @ 7 pm - OSU Alumni Center

Author David Grann
will discuss his research and experiences in writing the book “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Descendants of Osage named in the book will share the effect these events still have on their families. Book signing included.

Tickets will be required to attend, but are free. Ticket information will be provided beginning at the first program on March 1. Tickets cannot be reserved before then.

Learn more about David Grann.

A livestream of this event will be shown at the Pawhuska Public Library.



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This program is funded in part by Oklahoma Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.


Osage Nation and Osage County Partners

Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office | Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center | Osage Nation Language Department | Pawhuska Public Library

Community Partners

Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar | Stillwater Community Center | Stillwater Schools Indian Education Program | Bliss Books & Bindery | Modella Art Gallery | Next Generation Advertising | City of Stillwater

OSU Partners

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | OSU Museum of Art | OSU Center for Oklahoma Studies | OSU Native American Faculty and Staff Association | OSU Division of Institutional Diversity | OSU Center for Poets and Writers | OSU Center for Sovereign Nations | OSU Center for American Indian Studies | OSU Native American Student Association | Stillwater Center for the ArtsFriends of OSU Library | Atherton Hotel