Stories of Hope

Any story can be made more memorable and impactful when you have the chance to hear it from someone who lived it first-hand. First Person: Stories of Hope is a program that provides students and visitors an opportunity to hear from those who lived through the Oklahoma City bombing – or those involved in the investigation and trials.

First Person speakers include family members, survivors, first responders, journalists, judges, FBI agents, and others – all with their own experience and story. First Person programs are offered for groups by appointment. Contact our education department at

If you are unable to travel to Oklahoma City, you can schedule a virtual First Person program.

First Person – Survivor Arlene Blanchard
Arlene was working as an Army Personnel Sergeant in the Army Recruiting Battalion housed on the 4th Floor in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building when a bomb exploded at 9:02am on April 19, 1995.
First Person – First Responder Chief Richard Kelley
Richard Kelley was off duty and responded as a paramedic when the bomb exploded in downtown Oklahoma City. He is now the chief of the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
First Person – Donna Weaver McGinty and Tim Weaver
Michael D. Weaver, husband and father to Donna and Tim, worked as an attorney in the Legal Division at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. He was one of the 168 individuals that was killed on April 19, 1995.

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