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Beehives: A Suspense Novel

Jan 4th
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Beehives: A Suspense Novel by Mary Coley

Discussion & Book Signing

Saturday, January 16th, 11:00 AM

10-1BeeHives-4Award-winning Tulsa Author Mary Coley, who just released her third mystery, will be speaking in general about the CCC work in Oklahoma’s State Parks, and specifically about Osage Hills State Park, the setting for this mystery.

“I enjoy incorporating historic events into my mysteries,” said Coley, “which focus on family secrets. In Beehives: A Suspense Novel, I use the Civilian Conservation Corps history of Osage Hills (one of the original seven Oklahoma state parks) and tales of the Depression-era gangsters who frequented this area of Oklahoma, to provide some of the twists and turns of the mystery.”

The tagline for the book is: Her mother’s secret first love … a hermit’s terror … gangster’s loot. Can Jamie learn the connection between the three before the past comes back to kill her?

Mary Coley

Mary Coley

Coley’s first two books, Cobwebs and Ant Dens, have both been listed as finalists in the 2015 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. Additionally, Coley won a 2015 “Creative Woman of Oklahoma” award earlier this year from the Gamma State chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Key Educators for Cobwebs: A Suspense Novel.

Although the books are a series, featuring the same main character, each book stands alone, she said.

Mary’s books are available to purchase at the Historical Society. For more information about Mary Coley, visit her website,

Crystal Bridges Bus Trip

Dec 9th
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Bus Trip to Crystal Bridges

Museum of American Art
Bentonville, Arkansas
Monday, April 25, 2016

Trip Itinerary

  • 8:00 a.m. Depart Tulsa Historical Society
  • 11:00 Self-guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright house, completed in 1956 for a New Jersey couple and moved to Crystal Bridges, will be offered at 11:00, 11:15, 12:30, and 12:45. Tours are limited to 12 people per tour. Tickets for each time slot will be provided.
  • 11:30 Pre-set lunch in the dining room
  • 1:00 p.m. Horticultural tour. A horticulturalist will share information about plants and trees planted on the grounds.
  • 2:00 “The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip,” a temporary exhibit. You have two hours to see the special exhibit and other galleries of Crystal Bridges and visit the gift shop.
  • 4:00 Leave for Tulsa
  • 7:30 ETA at THS

$110.00 per person for THS members
$135.00 per person for non-members
Deadline: April 1st
$25.00 Cancellation charge after April 1st
No refunds after April 15th

To make a reservation please submit payment with Disclaimer Form: Info & Disclaimer Form

Footprints in the Dew

Nov 16th
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Footprints in the Dew

The Unsolved Murder of E.C. Mullendore III

Discussion & Book Signing

Saturday, December 12th, 1:00 PM



For the past nine years Oklahoma writer and columnist Dale R. Lewis, aka “the Original Buffalo Dale” has been working on a book about the life of Damon “Chub” Anderson and his role in the unsolved murder of prominent Oklahoma rancher E.C. Mullendore III. On September 26, 1970 Mullendore was killed in his home on the vast Cross Bell Ranch in Osage County. Although Anderson was in the house with him at the time, he was never charged with the murder. In the following years both the murder and Anderson’s own life took on a mythic quality.

Lewis’ book Footprints in the Dew tells the story of what really happened on the night of the murder as well as the events of Anderson’s life afterwards. Anderson collaborated on the project until his death in 2010 and the book is based on extensive interviews with him.

From the Author:

Dale R. Lewis

Dale R. Lewis

“My experience includes work as a private investigator and providing security for special events and private clients. Indian tribes I have worked with have called me a scout, tracker, translator and interpreter in recognition of my special interest in their history and traditions.

As a native of northeast Oklahoma, I am intimately familiar with both the landscape and the culture in which this story is set. Since 2005 I have been writing a weekly column, Down the Road with the Original Buffalo Dale which focuses on the history of Oklahoma and my adventures traveling around the country. These columns are published by Gatehouse Media and are also featured on my website

In addition, I have worked as a corporate writer and I appear as a commentator on a weekly radio show. I am a seventeen year member of the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of Dewey High School.

The research and writing for Footprints in the Dew has taken me from the plains of Oklahoma to the high mountain country of Montana in pursuit of Chub Anderson’s life story. I have interviewed dozens of people and been in contact with dozens more in my effort to uncover the truth about his life as a fugitive and his role in the unsolved murder of E.C. Mullendore III.”


Designing Tulsa – Opening Reception

Nov 4th
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New Exhibit “Designing Tulsa”

Opening Reception

Wednesday, November 18th, 5 – 7 PM

In partnership with the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, this exhibit showcases examples of Tulsa’s architectural excellence and influence. Artifacts representing a selection of architects will help share stories of Tulsa’s past through the walls and decoration that adorn the city. A number of architects will be featured including: Arthur Atkinson, Robert Buchner, John Duncan Forsyth, Bruce Goff, Donald Honn, Blaine Imel, Joseph Koberling, Donald McCormick, Murray Jones Murray (Lee Murray, Robert L. Jones, David Murray), and Leon Senter.

For more information about the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture (TFA) click here.

  • Lortondale artifacts
  • Airport Administration Building, c. 1950
Courtesy Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa
  • Civic Center Plaza Model
Courtesy Tulsa Foundation for Architecture
  • Leon Senter Rendering
Courtesy Tulsa Foundation for Architecture
  • Magazines featuring Bruce Goff
  • Lortondale Home
  • Tulsa City-County Library
Courtesy Public Service Company of Oklahoma
  • Tulsa Club Original Entrance
  • Will Rogers High School
Courtesy Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa
  • Designing Tulsa


Piano Party

Nov 4th
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Our Steinway Piano Turns 100

Let’s have a birthday party!

Thursday, December 10th, 5-7 PM

IMG_2791Local pianists of all ages, including Dorothy McFadden, also celebrating her 100th year, will be playing the Jane Heard Clinton Steinway piano in 15 minute increments. Join us as we celebrate this important piece of the museum’s collection.


5:00 PM Jane Brumley
5:15 PM Sue Venable
5:30 PM Chris Powell
5:45 PM Dr. Tom Harrison
6:00 PM Dorothy McFadde
6:15 PM Lane Dolly, June Patton, & Friend
6:30 PM Mary Shivley
6:45 PM Elizabeth Craig

History of the Piano

Mrs. Jane Heard Clinton owned this 1915 Steinway Grand piano, and it played a large part in the early days of the Hyechka Society of Tulsa.

Dr. Fred S. Clinton brought his wife Jane to Tulsa in 1897.  It was a rough frontier cattle town in Indian Territory.  He built his reputation as a doctor, but his wildcatter spirit led him to bankroll Tulsa’s first oil strike, in Red Fork in 1901.  Glen Pool followed in 1905 and the oil boom was on.  Roughnecks and roustabouts joined the cowboys and Indians in the cultural stew that would transform Tulsa

Jane Heard Clinton

Jane Heard Clinton

from a dusty railroad cattle stop to the Oil Capital of the World.  Jane Heard Clinton busied herself with creating and then improving the social life of her growing community.  She was known as “a pioneer in building the soul of the city.”  She and other socially prominent women began several organizations.  The Hyechka Society was dearest to her.  She loved music was an accomplished musician in her own right.  She became president of the club from its beginning in 1904 and was elected president for life in 1921.  She remained active in Hyechka until her death in 1945.

The Jane Heard Clinton Piano was donated to the Tulsa Historical Society by Mrs. Bonnie Zwart.

Wreaths Across America

Nov 3rd
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Saturday, December 12th

11:00 AM

Perryman Cemetery

32nd and Utica

The Perryman Cemetery, located at 32nd and Utica, is hosting a Wreaths Across America ceremony Saturday, December 12 at 11 a.m. Ceremonies will also take place at a number of cemeteries across the country during this time. The Tulsa Historical Society, owner of the cemetery property, is working with local chapters of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) to present the ceremony.  The Perryman Cemetery is Tulsa’s oldest private cemetery and the historic resting place of Creek Native American soldiers who fought in the Civil War. Notably, one grave belongs to a Creek Chief, Legus Perryman, who served in the war. Please join us during the ceremony as we honor these veterans during a special time of remembrance.

Started at the Arlington National Cemetery in 1992 by Maine wreath store owner, Morrill Worcester, Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization that coordinates annual wreath laying ceremonies at the graves of veterans across the U.S. Funded solely by donations, the ceremonies serve as a way to remember the nation’s heroes during the holiday season.