Category: History

Aug 9th
Posted in Exhibit, History, memories, research

Our next exhibit is coming soon and we need YOUR help!

On the Move: A History of Transportation in Tulsa will examine the many ways Tulsans have moved around through the decades since Tulsa first became a dot on the map and how different types of transportation and patterns of movement helped shape and redefine the city. The first people in the area arrived here on foot, by horseback, or wagon. In the late nineteenth century, Tulsa became a stop on the railroad and the small settlement turned into a city. Before long there were bustling streets filled with cars and trolleys in addition to buggies and Tulsa was well on its way to becoming the Oil Capital of the World.

Exhibit Wishlist – Most Wanted Items

  • Model Train Layout
  • Railroad Pump Car/Hand Car
  • Railroad Track Section (with railroad ties)
  • Tulsa Trolley or Streetcar Items
  • Railroad China
  • Airplane Seat
  • Motorcycle
  • Saddle
  • Carriage or Wagon

Help us tell Tulsa’s stories about transportation

Do you have objects, photographs, or memories related to Tulsa’s transportation history that you would be willing to share? If you have items or information to share, or want to learn more about loaning objects to the museum, please contact Maggie Brown, Director of Exhibits at

Share your memories with our Transportation Memories Survey

We need your help to tell us what you remember about transportation in Tulsa. That means trains, planes, automobiles, and boats, wagons, and bicycles too. What do you remember about learning to ride a bike or drive a car? What is the strangest type of transportation you’ve ever used? Do you remember when there were still trolleys or streetcars in Tulsa? (Or have you heard stories about them?)

Fill out our online survey to help us collect information for our exhibit. Your memories will help us tell Tulsa’s stories and preserve local history.


Create your own user feedback survey


Jan 27th
Posted in Book signing, books, Events, Gift Shop, History

“And My Spirit Said, Yes!

The African-American Experience: Visions of the Past and Present”

Saturday, February 21st, 1:00 PM

Don Thompson, author and award-winning photographer, will be reading from and discussing his new book, “And My Spirit Said, Yes! The African-American Experience: Visions of the Past and Present.”

This event is free and open to the public.

And My Spirit Said Yes!“And My Spirit Said Yes! The African-American Experience: Visions of the Past and Present,” features over thirty men and women who have made significant contributions to the history of the North Tulsa, Tulsa and Oklahoma communities.

Author image - Don Thompson

Don Thompson, author

Praise from Barbara Seals Nevergold, Co-founder of Uncrowned Queens Institute, Buffalo, New York says “For too long Historians have ignored the importance of documenting the histories of the everyday man and woman who have contributed to the historic records of their communities. Andy My Spirit Said, Yes! is a compilation of the biographical sketches and photos of African American Oklahoma Community Leaders. Mr. Thompson has made a significant contribution by collecting; preserving and creating an accessible file of regional African American history that otherwise might be lost.”

Don Thompson’s photography has been selected to appear in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. which will open in 2016. Don is the author of Hush Somebody’s Callin’ My Name, member of Tulsa Artist Coalition, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Philbrook Museum and other community organizations.

Books will be available for purchase at the event for $20.00 and applicable tax.


Jan 13th
Posted in Events, History, Kiosk, research

Allotment map

 This event was held on Friday, January 23rd.

Maps are available for order at the museum: $75, full size: 3×5 feet.

Visit the Tulsa World Website to see the full map HERE.

A large, framed map reflecting the early land ownership of the city of Tulsa will be presented by Muscogee Creek Chief George Tiger to Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett on Jan. 23 at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum.

“Creek citizens were each allotted 160 acres of land,” said Principal Chief George Tiger. “These allotments covered the entire area stretching from Admiral Boulevard to 121st Street South and from Mingo Road to 65th W. Avenue. The map shows the names of many prominent Tulsa families such as the Perrymans, Graysons, Bruners, Blands and Partridge to name just a few.”

Bartlett said Tulsa stands alone among U.S. cities with this unique Indian land allotment history.

“All Tulsans should be proud of this rich history shared by Indian and non-Indian alike. As mayor, I am pleased to receive this map with the hope that it will continue to build awareness of Tulsa’s unique history.”

Perryman descendants J.D. Colbert and Shelby Navarro spearheaded the map project.

The map uses data from Hastain’s Township Plats of the Creek Nation published by E. Hastain in 1910 with an overlay of the current major street grid and highways in Tulsa. Also represented are prominent city landmarks along with how the name Tulsa evolved from the Creek language ‘Tvlvhasse,’ meaning “Old Town.”



Jan 7th
Posted in Film, History

Voices of History

October 6th, 2014 was a huge step in the life of the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum as we premiered, “Voices of History,” the short, seven-minute film about this institution.  We are currently in the final stages of producing a longer version, which answers the question, “Why is the study of history important?” The 30-minute documentary will be released in early 2015.

Both films were made possible by an in-kind donation of services from Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions in association with Windswept Media and an anonymous donor.

Voices of History from Kirkpatrick&Kinslow Productions on Vimeo.