Ithana: The Learn and Lunch Series

  • Noon - 1 p.m.
    Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture

  • 💲Reservations required
    Presentation is free and open to the public
    Lunch option - $5

The Chickasaw Cultural Center will host Ithana: The Learn and Lunch Series Wednesday, Aug. 28, at noon in the Holisso: The Center for Study of Chickasaw History and Culture.

This month’s topic, The Texas Cattle Trail, will be presented by award-winning cattle trail scholars Gary and Margaret Kraisinger. Their presentation will show the progress of Texas cattle trailing from pre-Civil War through 1867-1871, during which time herds crossed the Chickasaw Nation in Indian Territory by way of Fort Arbuckle to travel to Abilene, Kansas. 

Presentation is free and open to the public. Attendees may choose to purchase the $5 lunch option. This week's lunch consists of a green chili chicken wrap served with corn salsa, chips, pashofa, churros and a drink.

Reservations are required - please contact the Special Events Department at 580-622-7130 or email

*IDP credit is available for Chickasaw Nation employees who attend.

About the Speakers:
Gary and Margaret Kraisinger of Halstead, Kansas, have published three books and numerous articles on Texas cattle trails. The couple researches, lectures and writes about the Texas cattle trail industry that lasted from 1846 to 1897. The Kraisingers have mapped all four south-to-north cattle trail systems. Their latest book addresses the Chisholm Trail.
Their historical research has been recognized by the Oklahoma Historical Society, the National Park Service, True West magazine, the Wild West History Association (Sixth Shooter Award 2016), the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame (2015 inductees) and the National Cowboy & Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City (Wrangler Award 2016).

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