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Register today for the next Beyond the Book presentation on September 22nd, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.!

Join us for lively discussions about your favorite books from Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing. Discussions feature authors, editors, and book subjects. Hear the insider stories and ask your burning questions! Discussions are offered virtually, via Zoom. It is recommended that you join with a computer with speakers. A webcam and microphone are not required. You will ask your questions in the chat feature.

Advance registration is required. Purchase of the book is not required to participate in the program. Books can still be purchased through the registration form; shipping can also be paid for on the registration form. Those who register for the entire year’s discussions at one time will receive a special bonus—books autographed by the authors!

Books and postage options are included on the registration form. Books can be picked up at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum or mailed for an additional cost of $5 flat rate postage. Please register at least 10 days before the event date to ensure receipt by mail of the book prior to the discussion.

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September 22 - Explosion of Prosperity: A History of Broken Bow Lake, Beavers Bend State Park and Hochatown

Join us as Jerry Isbell and Kim Kennedy join us to discuss Isbell's new book with Bob Burke, Explosion of Prosperity and the history and development of the area.

Old Hochatown. Once a sleepy Choctaw Indian village, it became an isolate haven for white settlers in the 20th century. Nearby on the Mountain Fork River, Beavers Bend State Park was built by a government make-work program during the Great Depression and came online as the crown jewel of Oklahoma's state parks in 1936.

Old Hochatown was moved from its location in the Mountain Fork River Valley in the 1960s to make way for Broken Bow Lake. Tourism grew from a small business to an enormous enterprise as people from Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas discovered its splendor.

This book captures the bold and exciting history of Beavers Bend State Park and the surrounding area, chronicles the lives of characters who pioneered life in Old Hochatown, and explains and celebrates the phenomenal growth of tourism and accommodations around new Hochatown and Broken Bow Lake.

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Want to hear more from Oklahoma Hall of Fame authors?

For more information on the Oklahoma Hall of Fame's publishing program, contact Gini Moore Campbell at 405.523.3202.