This series is now complete. Thank you to all of our speakers, partners, contributors, and participants!

killers of the flower moon march 1 to april 12



One Book, One Community: “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” is the ninth community-wide reading series for Stillwater. The programs are designed to foster a sense of community through a shared reading experience and to increase an understanding of a dark period in Oklahoma history and an appreciation of the Osage Nation.  


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Thur, Apr. 12 @ 7 pm - MOVED TO Gallagher Iba Arena

The Osage Nation Foundation presents An Evening with Author David Grann
- Grann will discuss his research and experiences in writing the book “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

Dr. Hugh Foley (Rogers State University) will lead this interview-style program with Grann and special guests Margie Burkhart, Kathryn Red Corn & Marvin Stepson, descendants of Osage killed in the “Reign of Terror."

Learn more about David Grann.

A livestream of this event will be shown at the Pawhuska Public Library and online at Ostate.TV.

Pictures of this event are available on Google Photos.


TICKETING - No tickets will be required to attend. Seating is "first come, first seated.

PARKING - Free parking is available in the lot just south of Boone Pickens stadium. Parking must be done AFTER 5 p.m.


  • 6 p.m. - Doors open
  • 7 p.m. - Program begins at 7 p.m. with Dr. Hugh Foley interviewing David Grann with Osage guests Margie Burkhart, Marvin Stepson and Kathryn Redcorn
  • 8 p.m. - Approximate time book signing will begin.
  • 9 p.m. - Book signing begins wrapping up


Public will enter through the Northeast and Southeast lobby entrances and use escalators or elevator to reach general seating in upper 200 sections. 


Handicap seating is available at the top of section 200s


Expect long lines. Books signing in lobby will follow the program. 2 books signed per person ONLY. Bookplates signed by David Grann will be available at the bookstore if you choose not to wait in line for a personal autograph.


Books will be available for purchase from Bliss Books and Bindery in the lobby before and after the event. Only hardback copies of “Killers of the Flower Moon” will be for sale.

Because there will not be time for readers to have individual photographs with David Grann during the book signing, a photographer will be taking pictures of each attendee as the author signs their book. Photos will be available to download via a link on the library webpage in the days after the event.


Bags will be checked.


No food or drink is allowed at this event


Event will be livestreamed from OState.TV from   The stream will be easily found on the home page on Live 2.


  • Osage Nation Foundation
  • OSU Office of the President
  • Visit Stillwater
  • Readers throughout the community
  • OSU College of Arts and Sciences
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll
  • OSU Division of Institutional Diversity
  • OSU Library
  • OSU Center for Oklahoma Studies
  • OSU Center for American Indian Studies
  • Atherton Hotel
  • Friends of the Stillwater Public Library
  • Exchange Bank
  • Stillwater Frontier Rotary
  • OSU Center for Sovereign Nations
  • Central Drug
  • Ostate.TV


Hunter Grayhorse     Thur., Mar. 1 @ 7 pm - Stillwater Public Library

Kick-off with guest speaker Dr. Andrea Hunter (Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office) presenting “The Osage Nation: A Brief History,” which traces the history of the Osage from the earliest known existence to the removal of the tribe into Oklahoma. Attendees may register for the series and get a free copy of “Killers of the Flower Moon” when they sign-up for a book discussion.

A livestream of this event will be shown at the Pawhuska Public Library. 

Watch Dr. Hunter's presentation here.


Lacher profile photo      Tues, Mar. 6 @ 1-2:30 pm - Stillwater Public Library

"The Problem of Riches: Oil Boom and Bust in Indian Country"
with Dr. Katrina Lacher (Univ. of Central Oklahoma) explores the early twentieth century meteoric rise of the oil industry and its impact on the Osage, Creek, Seminole, and other tribes.

This event takes place at the OLLI Town Hall held in the library.

A livestream of this event will be shown at the Pawhuska Public Library.

Watch Dr. Lacher's presentation here. It begins at the 30:48 mark.

cushing gusher      Thur, Mar. 8 @ 5-7 pm - Stillwater History Museum at Sheerar

The Life of Boom and Bust Oil Towns in Payne County” exhibit opening at the Stillwater Museum of History at Sheerar. In the 1910s, striking oil could transform a quiet town into a bustling community in a matter of days. In Payne County the discovery of oil was no different, leading to oil booms and busts throughout the county. Oil brought new life to the county, but also opened more doors for corruption and lawlessness. The exhibit runs through May 31 and then will be going to Yale.

"Cushing Gusher" from Oklahoma Historical Society.
Adams Dwight AD FBI x     Thur, Mar. 15 @ 7 pm - MOVED TO STILLWATER COMMUNITY CENTER

“Forensic Science Capabilities during the Osage Murders Compared to Today”
with Dr. Dwight Adams (UCO, Forensic Science Institute) – The former director of the FBI laboratory at Quantico and member of the team that developed DNA techniques first used in 1988, will discuss law enforcement technologies in the early 1900’s and contrast with those available in a modern crime laboratory. Participants will follow the investigation of the murders in Osage County beginning in 1921 and compare the events to modern day investigations.

Watch Dr. Adam's presentation here.


Osage Tribal Murders 

"Osage Tribal Murders"documentary screening with discussion led by Kathryn Red Corn, former long-time Osage Tribal Museum director. The documentary recounts, through interviews and re-enactments, the 1920s Osage murders, also known as the "Reign of Terror." 
Pipestem Drum      Sat, Mar. 24 @ 1-5 pm - Stillwater Public Library

Osage Cultural Fair– Experience traditional Osage culture at this family-focused, come-and-go event including Osage dance, singing, and story demonstrations, as well as booths featuring traditional Osage foods, ribbon art crafts, dice games, pottery, Osage language activities, and an Osage Drum exhibit.

Visit the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center for more information on Osage culture.

Addie headshot     Mon, Mar. 26 @ 7 pm - MOVED TO STILLWATER COMMUNITY CENTER

“Osage Art” with Addie Roanhorse, artist, photographer, and senior graphic design specialist for the Osage Nation, who will discuss Osage art, both past and present, and how David Grann’s book is related to her personal life and the influences on her art.

Learn more about Addie's Roanhorse's art.

Watch Addie Roanhorse's presentation here.

ballet      Thur, Apr. 5 @ 7 pm - Stillwater Community Center 

Wahzhazhe- An Osage Ballet” includes a dance performance by the Osage Student Ballet and commentary from director Randy Tinker Smith.

Story behind the performance.

See the program here.


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This program is funded in part by Oklahoma Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.


Osage Nation and Osage County Partners

Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office | Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center | Osage Nation Language Department | Pawhuska Public Library

Community Partners

Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar | Stillwater Community Center | Stillwater Schools Indian Education Program | Bliss Books & Bindery | Modella Art Gallery | Next Generation Advertising | City of Stillwater

OSU Partners

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | OSU Museum of Art | OSU Center for Oklahoma Studies | OSU Native American Faculty and Staff Association | OSU Division of Institutional Diversity | OSU Center for Poets and Writers | OSU Center for Sovereign Nations | OSU Center for American Indian Studies | OSU Native American Student Association | Stillwater Center for the ArtsFriends of OSU Library | Atherton Hotel