ADA — Oklahoma Statehood Day will be celebrated Nov. 16 by East Central University's Linscheid Library with a kickoff of the Oklahoma Centennial Celebration.

Library staff members will unveil the new "Oklahoma Studies\Collection" at 2 p.m. and Dr. Alvin Turner, former dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, will deliver a lecture titled "Rethinking the Meaning of the Past."

"This will be one of many activities on campus during the next year to remind us of the vision and strength of our ancestors who built the state," said Dr. Linda Reese, director of the Oklahoma Studies Program.

Located on the third floor of the library, the "Oklahoma Studies Collection" will house books and materials on Oklahoma history, literature and government until after the celebration of the founding of ECU in 2009.

Library staff members have been coordinating and moving the materials for more than six months, Reese said. Each book will be catalogued and identified with an Oklahoma Centennial label designed by ECU staff.

Turner is a noted historian and author of Oklahoma history.

"We welcome Dr. Turner's visit to campus and know that students and the public will enjoy his spirited interpretation of the development of the state," Reese said.

The event is free and open to the public.