Local historian Tom Walker will present a program about Oklahoma and water rights at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum Thursday evening. The program is entitled "The Sardis Lake Controversy — A Historical and Financial Perspective."

The event is free and open to the general public.

According to Walker, "this presentation will trace the historical roots of the dispute over the water rights to Sardis Lake from the perspective of the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations and the City of Oklahoma City. It will also describe the financial stakes for both the pending lawsuit and the potential impact on all of southeast Oklahoma.

"Water rights have historically been a controversial issue in Oklahoma," said museum director Michael Anderson. "Mr. Walker is one of our more talented speakers and will undoubtedly bring unique perspective to a topic that invokes strong feelings and opinions in many Oklahomans."

The program is free. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and drinks and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Call (580) 226-3857 to ask questions.

The museum is located at 35 Sunset Drive.