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A Women’s History of Early Tulsa

Aug 25th
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Pathfinders & Way-Makers: A Women’s History of Early Tulsa

by Judith M. Prentice Jaeger

Presentation on women’s aviation history in Tulsa and book-signing

Saturday, September 10th, 11:00 AM

THS.CoverAuthor Judith Jaeger will present on women’s roles in Tulsa’s aviation history. In August of 1929, the first women fliers made significant history, landing at Tulsa’s airfield during the Powder Puff Derby.

Notable for a first cross-country competition in primitive, very developmental aircraft, one Tulsan and eighteen others burst through stereotypes as well as aviation history! First-hand photos of the fliers and the headlines let us share their stories.

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Pathfinders and Way-Makers is an expanded view of individual women, their challenges, and the nature of their successes within the excitement of Tulsa’s unique early history. From a dusty prairie town through flight records in the roaring twenties, to new legal and career impact, sixty women, born 1880’s to mid-1920’s tell the story for hundreds of others.

Early Tulsa women helped settle the city as surely as the oilmen and bankers. The men built the town; the women shaped its unique community, and their influence reaches from the 19th century into our own.

About the Author – Judith M. Prentice Jaeger

JMJ.pix.2012Children and their families were often the focus of Judith Jaeger’s lifetime career as a nurse. It was an easy progression to take up further study of the impact of women in a specific time and place. As a Tulsa Genealogical Society Associate and the writer/editor for The Tulsa Annals, research about the women began in 2009.

Why is there global interest in Tulsa’s race relations?

Aug 24th
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Why is there global interest in Tulsa’s race relations?

‘Healing history- an African-American experience’

Panel Discussion

Thursday, September 16th, 6:30 PM

Four members of a nine member Tulsa delegation will be speaking about their participation in the “Just Governance for Human Security Conference” that was held in Caux, Switzerland in June.  The delegation chair, John W. Franklin son of the late Dr. John Hope Franklin, will be providing an opening statement, via video, giving the background of the conference and why the Tulsa delegates were selected.  Panel participants will discuss their presentations to the conference and their observations and insights.  The event should last for an hour and a half including time for Q&A.

Tulsa Participants:

Alishia Latimer Clement – Retired Social Worker, Booker T. Washington Graduate

Alicia Latimer – Director of African American Research for Tulsa City County Library

Michelle Place – Executive Director for the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum

Susan Savage – Former Tulsa Mayor and current CEO of Morton Health Services

John W. Franklin – Director, Office of External Affairs, National Museum of African American History and Culture (via recorded video)

The Forum is sponsored by

The Tulsa Historical Society & Museum


The Rotary Club of Tulsa’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Transportation Exhibit Wishlist: We Need YOUR help

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

Bus Trip: Southeast Oklahoma

May 27th
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Bus Trip: October 17-18, 2016

Coal and Lumber Industries in Oklahoma

Henyetta, McAlester, Broken Bow, Hugo

What do the coal and lumber industry, Italian food, native wildlife and the circus have in common? Join us in October to learn the answers as we travel by bus to Southeastern Oklahoma. Beautiful scenery, fun adventures, great food, and special surprises are guaranteed – just bring your wanderlust!

For a full itinerary – CLICK HERE.

To register, print off THIS FORM and mail in with full payment.

UNMASKED: The Rise & Fall of the 1920s Ku Klux Klan

May 16th
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UNMASKED: The Rise & Fall of the 1920s Ku Klux Klan

Author: Ann Patton

Book-signing, Saturday, June 4th

Come and Go 1 – 3 PM

final Klan cover 3-22-16Ann Patton’s newest book that tells the gripping tale of the 1920s Ku Klux Klan, its mesmerizing young leader David Curtis Stephenson, his rise to soaring power, and the brutal rape and murder that killed the Klan empire.

Throngs of Americans rallied at the feet of Grand Dragon Stephenson, a blond charmer who was marketing hate as a political weapon, with violent undertones and vast fiscal rewards. In the process, he was melding his followers into a polished political machine that could not be stopped.

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Ann Patton

At its height, the movement captured the loyalty of millions around the nation, and it worked like magic – for a while. But on his way to the White House, he stumbled in the arms of a young woman, and his evil empire crumbled, tarnishing all it touched.

This new true-crime political story is the latest book by Ann Patton, writer and consultant based in Tulsa and Orlando. She was an award-winning Tulsa journalist and program manager.  Her other recent books include “The Tulsa River” and “Dan’s War on Poverty,” both local histories of significant stories.

2016 Chautauqua: The Cold War

May 6th
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The Cold War: The Early Years

Presented by Tulsa Chautauqua

June 7 – 11, 2016

Under a tent on the grounds of the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum

All activities are FREE and open to the public

Evening Performances:atomicwar2

  • Tuesday, June 7th at 7 PM – Nikita Khrushchev by Doug Mishler
  • Wednesday, June 8th at 7 PM – Dr. Ralph Bunche by James Holmes Arnstead
  • Thursday, June 9th at 7 PM – Eslanda Robeson by Ilene Evans
  • Friday, June 10th at 7 PM – Winston Churchill by Kevin Radaker
  • Saturday, June 11th at 7 PM –  Pete Seeger by Randy Noojin

Daily Workshops:

  • Tuesday, June 7th
    • Noon: Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech: It’s Historical Context and Impact (Scholar: Kevin Radaker)
    • 5:30 PM: The Family of Man – Social Documentary through Photography (Scholar: Ilene Evans)
  • Wednesday, June 8th
    • Noon: Pete Seeger: After The Blacklist (Scholar: Randy Noojin)
    • 5:30 PM: Winston Churchill and the Bomb During the First Decade of the Cold War (Scholar: Kevin Radaker)
  • Thursday, June 9th
    • Noon: Aliens, Red Scares, and ISIS: America in Times of Fear (Scholar: Doug Mishler)
    • 5:30 PM: The Cold War at Home (Scholar: James Holmes Armstead)
  • Friday, June 10th
    • Noon: The Cold War and US Foreign Policy (Scholar James Holmes Armstead)
    • 5:30 PM: Hootenanny: Pete Seeger Sing-Along (Scholar Randy Noojin)
  • Saturday, June 11th
    • Noon: Children’s Literature from the Left: 1920-1980 (Scholar: Ilene Evans)
    • 5:30 PM: Duck and Cover: The Cold War’s Spies, Lies, Myths and Mistakes (Scholar: Doug Mishler)

LO-Sent-Is This Tomorrow_thumb[1]For more details about the daily workshops: CLICK HERE

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