There will be a focus on early Ardmore history tonight as the Greater Southwest Historical Museum welcomes speaker Amanda Cobb-Greetham. Cobb-Greetham, the author of "Listening to Our Grandmothers' Stories: The Bloomfield Academy for Chickasaw Females, 1852-1949," will discuss her book.
Cobb-Greetham is a tenured associate professor of English at Oklahoma State University, specializing in Native American studies. She is also very active in the Chickasaw Nation and serves as editor of the Chickasaw Press and the American Indian Quarterly. From 2007 to 2012, Cobb-Greetham directed the Chickasaw Nation's museums, libraries and archives, language programs and launched the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur.
Michael Anderson, museum director, said the museum is excited about welcoming Cobb-Greetham back for the speaking engagement.
"She has spoken before at the museum on topics relating to the Chickasaw Nation," Anderson said. "It has been several years and we thought it would be good to bring her back. She has had an impressive career and we are excited to have her back."
Anderson said the museum welcomes speakers on a variety of topics and there was a desire to have a presentation related to Native Americans. Those attending will benefit from also being able to learn more about local history as well.
The Bloomfield Academy was located in Achille in Bryan County and was later renamed the Carter Seminary. The boarding school represents one of the rare instances in the 19th century of a Native American community seizing control of its children's formal education. Cobb-Greetham collected letters, reports and interviewed students in working on her book, which was published by the University of Nebraska Press. It received the American Book Award and the North American Indian Prose Award.
The program is free to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m.