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Patrick Henry
"Whether this [new government] will prove a blessing or a curse will depend upon the use our people make of the blessings which a gracious God hath bestowed on us. If they are wise, they will be great and happy. If they are of a contrary character, they will be miserable. Righteousness alone can exalt them as a nation [Proverbs 14:34].
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Alexander Hamilton
"I have a tender reliance on the mercy of the Almighty, through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am a sinner. I look to Him for mercy; pray for me."
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Daniel Webster
"Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization."
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Tecumseh
"When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself."
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Oklahoma

Entered the Union: Nov. 16, 1907 (46) Capital: Oklahoma City
Origin of Name: from the Choctaw words: "okla" meaning people and "humma" meaning red, which literally means "red people."
State Nickname: Sooner State State Tree: Redbud
State Bird:Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher State Flower: Mistletoe
State Game Bird: Wild Turkey State Animal: Bison
State Furbearer: Raccoon State Reptile: Collared Lizard
State Song: "Oklahoma" State Parks: 51
State Motto: Labor omnia vincit (Labor conquers all things)
Famous For: National Cowbow Hall of Fame, Will Rogers Memorial
Famous Oklahomans: Johnny Bench • Mickey Mantle (baseball) Garth Brooks • Vince Gill • Woody Guthrie • Patti Page • Reba McEntire (singers), James Garner • Van Heflin • Tony Randall (actors), L. Gordon Cooper • Owen Garriott • Thomas Stafford (astronauts), Paul Harvey (broadcaster), Shannon Miller (Olympic gymnast), Oral Roberts (evangelist), Will Rogers (humorist), Dan Rowan (comedian), Jim Thorpe (athlete)
Animals and Birds: Click on photos of the animals and birds on this page to find out more about them and to hear the sounds they make.
State Fair: Oklahoma City
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Osage, Kiowa, Arapaho, Wichita, and Caddo tribes lived in the Oklahoma region. They hunted the buffalo herds and grew corn, beans, and squash.
In 1541, Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado reached Oklahoma. In 1682, René-Robert Cavelier explored the Mississippi River and claimed the land around it, including Oklahoma, for France. In 1803, France sold "Louisiana" (including Oklahoma) to the United States. During the early 1800s, only a few fur traders settled in Oklahoma. The first permanent American settlement was a trading post established at present-day Salina in 1823.
By 1842, five southeastern tribes (referred to as the “Five Civilized Tribes” because of their standard of living) were forced west. These tribes included the Seminoles, Creeks, Chickasaws, Choctaws, and Cherokees. Of the nearly 75,000 Indians that traveled the Trail of Tears into Oklahoma, thousands died of hunger, cold and disease along the way. Today, Oklahoma has the largest American Indian population of any state.

Originally, the state of Oklahoma was set aside for the exclusive use of the Indians and was called Indian Territory. However, in 1889, the land was opened to settlers in what became known as the "Oklahoma Land Rush." On the first opening day on April 22, 1889, 50,000 people swarmed into the area. Those who tried to beat the noon starting gun were called Sooners. Hence the state's nickname.

Oklahoma's Cimarron county is bordered by more states than any other U.S. county: Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas.
Oklahoma has produced more astronauts than any other state.
The aerosol can was invented in Bartlesville; the parking meter in Oklahoma; and the shopping cart in Ardmore.
Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state, with over one million surface acres of water
Oklahoma's state capitol building is the only capitol in the world with an oil well under it.
The world’s first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City on July 16, 1935.
In 1937, Sylvan Goldman of Standard Food Markets invented the first shopping cart so that people could buy more in a single visit to the grocery store.
Okmulgee owns the world record for largest pecan pie, pecan cookie, pecan brownie, and biggest ice cream and cookie party.
The Port of Catoosa, just north of Tulsa, is the nation’s largest inland port.
Oklahoma has the most tornadoes of all U.S. states.
Quapaw, Oklahoma is famous for “spooklights,” bouncing bright balls of white fire that have been reported as far back as the 1700's.
In 1935, Musician Bob Dunn, from Beggs, Oklahoma, invented the first electric guitar.
The National Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma has four mountain ranges including the Ouachitas, Arbuckles, Wichitas and the Kiamichis.
Clinton Riggs designed the YIELD sign. It was first used on a trial basis in Tulsa.
Oklahoma's Ethnic Roots: German 14.5%, American 13.1%, Irish 11.8%, English 9.6%, African 8.1%, Native American 7.9% with Cherokees as the largest tribe.
Religion in Oklahoma: Known as the center of the "Bible Belt"(the Evangelical Protestant region spanning the Southeast and Midwest states and known for strong politically and socially conservative views). 80.2% Christian (73.2% Protestant, 7% Catholic), 17.1% No Religion, 2% Other Religions, 0.7% LDS
Henry Starr, one of the last outlaws of the Old West was from Oklahoma . During his 32 years in crime, he claimed to have robbed more banks than both the James-Younger Gang and the Doolin-Dalton Gang put together.
The official State Meal of Oklahoma is chicken fried steak, fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, black eyed peas and pecan pie.
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving - Thanking God for His blessings
Thanksgiving Day November 23, 2017
In 1621, 52 Pilgrims and approx. 50 Native Americans celebrated a 3-day feast thanking God for His blessings enabling their survival in the New World. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
Advent
Advent
December 3, 2017
Advent begins 4 weeks before Christmas and remembers the longing and waiting of God's people for the coming of the Messiah.
Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 1791
Bill of Rights Day

Celebrating the 10 amendments to the Constitution which protect individual rights by placing specific limits on government power. These freedoms do not exist in many countries of the world.
Christmas Day
Christmas Day
December 25th Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. This joyous festival is enjoyed by Christians and nonChristians alike all over the world.