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Former Gov. George Nigh to appear at Oklahoma History Center symposium

An Oklahoma History Center symposium featuring former Oklahoma governors will spotlight former Gov. George Nigh on Monday and Tuesday.
From Staff Reports Modified: May 13, 2013 at 9:43 am •  Published: May 13, 2013

George Nigh, who was sworn in four times as governor of Oklahoma, will be the focus of a symposium Monday and Tuesday at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive.

Nigh took the oath of office twice to fill unfinished terms of J. Howard Edmondson and David Boren, and was elected on his own to two terms as governor.

The symposium is the second in a series featuring Oklahoma governors and is sponsored by the Oklahoma Historical Society, the OU Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture and the OU Center for Political Communication.

Several to speak

At this symposium, former Oklahoma governors Brad Henry, David Walters and David Boren are scheduled to participate, along with Oklahoma Supreme Court justices, legislative leaders of the era, key Nigh cabinet members and staff, journalists and prominent individuals from government, education and businesses.

Registration and a reception with light food and drinks are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday with remarks set to begin at 7 p.m. by Walters and Nigh biographer Bob Burke.

Sessions Tuesday begin with continental breakfast from 8 to 8:30 a.m., followed by morning panels addressing major accomplishments of the Nigh administrations, staff insights and legislative perspectives. At the luncheon, Bob Blackburn, the executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, will informally interview former first lady Donna Nigh.

After lunch, journalists who covered political news during the era will provide their insights, and the symposium will wrap up when Henry introduces Nigh for his observations and comments.



Registration for the symposium is required and is $50 per person. It includes the reception and program Monday, as well as the full program Tuesday, including continental breakfast and lunch.


To make reservations, call (918) 660-3494.


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