Statehood Day in Oklahoma, which is observed on Nov. 16, commemorates the state’s entry into the Union in 1907. President Teddy Roosevelt played a pivotal role, signing the proclamation that moved Oklahoma to statehood. The pen used for the signature belongs to the Oklahoma Historical Society and is a tangible link to the past.
Statehood Day allows residents to reflect on the journey since statehood, celebrating the milestones, challenges and unique cultural tapestry that defines Oklahoma. This day also provides a moment to recognize both the state’s rich history and the enduring spirit that has shaped its progress over the years.
– Staff Report, The Oklahoma 100