The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) will host its annual Awards Banquet on Thurs., Feb. 24, at 6:00 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, according to a news release. Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt will be the guest speaker, and Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith will emcee. At this annual ceremony, the OHS will make presentations to OHS annual award recipients, State Historic Preservation Office annual award recipients, Guardians of History honorees and will induct four individuals into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame. Longtime OHS Executive Director Bob Blackburn will be inducted along with noted historians Davis Joyce and Theda Perdue, as well as Oklahoma history advocate Justice Yvonne Kauger. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., and dinner and the awards program will follow at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event will be matched by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and will go toward the Dr. Bob Blackburn Collections Endowment Fund. This endowment provides the OHS with funds to collect and preserve archival collections and artifacts that tell the story of Oklahoma. Information about the event is available awww.okhistory.org/awardsbanquet. Tickets may be purchased there, as well. The Oklahoma History Center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by memers of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications, the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. More information is available at www.okhistory.org.