Glenda Carlile was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1940, and moved with her family to West Palm Beach, Florida in 1955, where she attended high school with actor George Hamilton, and church with future-star Burt Reynolds. In 1962, she moved to Oklahoma where she attended the University of Oklahoma. She married her husband, Tom, a native Oklahoman in 1963. Carlile served as a correspondent for The Daily Oklahoman and Midwest City Sun newspapers and was owner/operator of a local tour company. As she learned more about her adopted state, she became fascinated with the many women who played prominent roles in Oklahoma history, and decided to write about these women for current and future generations. To further this educational mission, she presents programs across the state in period costume to share the information and history of notable Oklahoma women. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Center for the Book in the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. The Center is an affiliate of the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
Graduate, Palm Beach High School, West Palm Beach, Florida; Associate Degree, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Auxiliary of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's 1988 Woman of the Year; Joint Resolution of Commendation from the Oklahoma House and Senate, 1989; National President, Auxiliary to the American Osteopathic Association, 1989-1990; Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1990; History Award, Association of State and Local History, 2004; Oklahoma City Community College Hall of Fame, 2007; Distinguished Sercie Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book, 2009.
Resident of the state since 1962.
BOOKS Buckskin, Calico and Lace: Oklahoma's Territorial Women. Oklahoma City, Okla.: Southern Hills Pub. Co., 1990. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, 2008. Petticoats, Politics, and Pirouettes: Oklahoma Women 1900-1950. Oklahoma City, Okla.: Southern Hills Pub. Co., 1995. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, 2006. Kate Barnard: Oklahoma's Good Angel. With Bob Burke. Edmond, Okla.: UCO Press, 2001. Astronauts, Athletes, and Ambassadors: Oklahoma Women from 1950-2007. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, 2007.
"Although not a native Oklahoman, I am an Okie by interest and love. I am especially interested in Oklahoma women and the prominent roles they played in the state's history. I dress in period costumes while presenting programs on these women, and I also present historical monologues on some of these figures, including Kate Barnard, Perle Mesta, the Harvey Girls, and Elva Ferguson."