Lecture & Book Signing
Saturday, June 28th
Through never-before-published passport applications of select, famous individuals, readers can see a snapshot in time, and learn about the individual’s lives and their place in history.
A Page of History Passport Applications forms in this book are the rare, authentic records of 63 select, famous individuals in the United States that have been acquired, digitally enhanced, and restored. These documents have never been published before so it is an unusual way to become familiar with an individual. Each form has a corresponding narrative which will explain what is included in the application along with a brief biography of that person. Each narrative contains interesting and unusual facts about the individual who is applying for their passport. The associated picture accompanying the narrative is close to the year when the application was issued.
• Discussion about the genesis of the book
• History of passports
• Discussion of several individual Passport Applications & Individuals in the book
A history and biography buff since he could first read, Phil was a Captain in the Army Medical Service Corps and was also in the health care industry for 33 years retiring as Divisional Vice President of Operations for Cardinal Health, a Fortune 19 Company. For over 30 years, his hobby has been history and genealogy. Phil is the founding and current president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tulsa. He is a genealogy contributor and expert for several websites, has written numerous articles on genealogy for periodicals and is a well respected lecturer on the subject. He sits on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations in the Tulsa area.
Pretty Boy Floyd: Fact vs. Fiction
Thursday, June 19th
Hosted by Booksmart Tulsa: https://www.facebook.com/events/1486188118277225/
Join us for an unforgettable evening exploring the life of Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd. Michael Wallis will handle the facts, and Jeanetta Calhoun Mish will handle the fiction, having just republished the late William Cunningham’s long lost 1936 novel, “Pretty Boy.”
Larry McMurtry called Michael Wallis’ “Pretty Boy” an “engaging biography” that “vividly catches the tone of a region, a time, and a man.”
Guests will also be able to enjoy apple pie (Floyd’s recipe), original art, and have a rare chance to see Pretty Boy Floyd’s death mask.
Both books will be available for sale.
Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
Spirit of Greenwood Lecture Series
Tuesdays, June 17th, 24th, and July 1st
In conjunction with the opening of the new exhibit: “Spirit of Greenwood: A History of Prosperity & Perseverance,” we are please to announce this three-part Tuesday evening series beginning on June 17th.
Tuesday, June 17th, 6:30 PM
“Good People Ought Not Be Strangers”
By Clifton Taulbert
Clifton Taulbert takes us on a journey of discovery—the people we know and and those we should have known. Through his conversation, we will meet some of the people who were the Spirit of Greenwood.
Tuesday, June 24th, 6:30 PM
“The Nadir of Race Relations in America: Reflections on the
1921 Tulsa Race Riot and Its Legacy”
By Hannibal Johnson
Hannibal B. Johnson will discuss a period in American history widely viewed as the low-point of race relations. This era, characterized by lynchings, oppressive Jim Crow legislation, and “race riots” throughout the nation, including the infamous “Red Summer” riots of 1919, gave rise to an unparalleled assault on Tulsa’s burgeoning African American community, fondly dubbed the “Negro Wall Street” for its unique entrepreneurial character. That event, 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, marred Tulsa’s reputation, not just in the moment, but for decades thereafter. Johnson will discuss the legacy of Tulsa’s epic trauma and address how Tulsans have sought to heal their history.
Tuesday, July 1st, 6:30 PM
“1921: Tulsa in Flames”
Staged reading by Sun Caste Reader’s Theater Group
Compiled from the works of:
Mary E. Jones Parish’s “Events of the Tulsa Disaster”
Eddie Faye Gates – “Riot on Greenwood: The Total Destruction of Black Wall Street”
Scott Ellsworth’s- “Death in a Promised Land”
Bob Hower’s “1921 Race Riot: The American Red Cross- Angels of Mercy”
And the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Commission Report
Meet the Author and learn about Tulsa’s hidden history.
Saturday, June 14th
The story of Tulsa’s transformation from a nineteenth-century cow town into the “Oil Capital of the World” has been above ground for years, but a great reservoir of Tulsey Town’s heritage has remained beneath the surface. These neglected tales include the dirigible flyover of 1929, the Hominy Indians’ victory over the New York Giants and the legendary final performance of Spade Cooley, convicted killer and the self-proclaimed “King of Western Swing.” From the horrors of the city’s early race riot and the proud legacy of Greenwood (aka Little Africa or Black Wall Street) to Tulsa’s iconic landmarks and unforgettable personalities, Steve Gerkin provides an evocative and enjoyable voyage through T-Town’s hidden history.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Steve Gerkin is a native Iowan and retired from his thirty-six year, general dentistry practice in 2010. He has been published numerous times in the magazine This Land (Tulsa) where he is a Contributing Editor. In addition to wine-related articles in an international wine and cuisine magazine, Gastronome, Steve is a university-level wine educator, a regional cuisine and wine lecturer and a French Wine Scholar.
Steve and his wife, Sue, live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.