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George Nigh Symposium

Monday May 13

Oklahoma history and political buffs will get an inside look into the several administrations of Governor George Nigh at a symposium May 13 and 14 at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.

            Sworn in four times, Nigh served longer as Oklahoma’s chief executive than any other person.  He took the oath of office twice to fill unfinished terms of J. Howard Edmondson and David Boren when each resigned to become U.S. Senators and was elected on his own to two terms as governor.

            Former governors Brad Henry, David Walters and David Boren will take part in the symposium, along with Oklahoma Supreme Court justices, legislative leaders of the era, key Nigh cabinet and staff, journalists and prominent individuals from government, education and business.

            Scheduled for 5:30 Monday evening are registration and a reception with light food and drink and remarks at 7:00 p.m. by Governor Walters and Nigh biographer Bob Burke.

            Tuesday sessions begin with continental breakfast 8:00 to 8:30 followed by morning panels addressing major accomplishments of the Nigh administrations, staff insights and legislative perspectives.  At the luncheon, Oklahoma History Center director Dr. Bob Blackburn 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 Governor Henry introduces Governor Nigh for his observations and comments.

            Registration for the symposium required and is $50 per person.  It includes the reception and program on Monday evening as well as the full program on Tuesday including continental breakfast and lunch.  Telephone reservations are available at 918-660-3494.    



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