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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.

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.

Volunteer Open House

Oct 14th
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Volunteer Open House

Monday, October 19th
2:00 – 4:00 PM

YOU are invited!

We welcome you to visit the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum to learn about volunteer opportunities. Guardians will be available to answer questions and share their experiences as volunteers. You are invited to tour the museum as our guest.

Museum volunteers are known as “Guardians” – Guardians of Tulsa history. Guardian responsibilities may include greeting visitors at the information desk, serving as docents for museum tours (adult and student), and presenting historical programs for Tulsa-area organizations, including schools. Guardians have optional monthly meetings which may include informative lectures, field trips, and other learning and social opportunities. Training is provided and the time required is dependent on your area of interest. Volunteer opportunities are as flexible as your schedule allows.

Learn more about our volunteer program HERE.

  • Volunteer Greeter
  • Volunteer Group - Jan. 2009
  • Volunteer Docent Training
  • Volunteer Servers at Open House - Sept. 2008
  • Volunteer Group at Open House - Sept. 2008
  • Volunteer Annual Meeting 2010
  • Volunteer Board at Hall of Fame 2006
  • Volunteer Guardian Field Trip
  • Every-other-month Guardians take a field trip to a historical site. Lunch is always included.
  • Guardians take a field trip to learn about the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park.

History vs. Hollywood

Sep 22nd
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Johnny Depp’s Black Mass: History vs. Hollywood

Discover the true facts behind Tulsa’s Southern Hills murder

Q&A and book-signing (FREE admission)

Saturday, October 17th, 11:00 AM

black mass posterHow much of Johnny Depp’s new movie “Black Mass” about Boston mobster Whitey Bulger and his part in the 1981 Southern Hills murder of Tulsan Roger Wheeler is really true?  On Saturday October 17,  BookSmart Tulsa’s Jeff Martin will ask retired Tulsa Homicide Detective Sgt. Mike Huff who investigated the case and Larry Yadon, co-author of the book “One Murder Too Many.”


James “Whitey” Bulger

In Black Mass Johnny Depp portrays James “Whitey” Bulger, who was a Boston crime boss for more than two decades. The film shows Bulger increasing his power through an alliance with the FBI, to become one of the most dangerous gangsters in U.S. history and evade capture for sixteen years.

Bulger’s downfall began with the murder of Tulsan Roger Wheeler at Southern Hills Country Club in May of 1981. Wheeler, a well-known entrepreneur, suspected that one of his investments was being skimmed by organized crime.. As Wheeler began to unravel the money trail, Bulger’s White Hill gang scurried to cover their tracks. Wheeler rejected the gang’s alleged attempts to stop his investigation, mistakenly believing his many well-funded connections within the FBI would protect him. Bulger dominated Boston organized crime for over a decade after the Wheeler murder, dropped out of sight in late 1994 but Detective Huff and Wheeler’s family never gave up their pursuit of justice. Their perseverance paid off when Bulger was apprehended in June of 2011.

About the Participants

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Mike Huff Photo Courtesy Tulsa World

Mike Huff’s father preached that life should be” full of adventure.” Huff took that to heart and launched a police career that became legendary as he hunted down Mafia hit men and other notorious killers over 37 years, logging some 1,000 arrests for homicide and solving mysterious cold cases. Huff has handled over 300 police shootings.

His work as Tulsa, Oklahoma’s most high-profile detective led Huff to testify in front of Congress and landed him a seat on “60 Minutes” for his work on a case of a corrupt FBI agent and a mob murder. Under Huff’s command as head of the Homicide Unit, the Tulsa Police Department cleared over 80 percent of the crimes they were assigned, compared to a national average of 59 percent. That is the highest solve rate in the country for a major city.

Huff retired in 2011, but he hasn’t hung up his skills as one of the top cold case detectives in the country. Huff helped create the International Association of Cold Case Investigators and he isn’t one to give up on age-old homicides whose victims still await justice.

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Larry Yadon

Laurence J. Yadon is an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator. He has assisted the Department of Justice in litigation matters before the local United States district court and helped prepare a major case successfully argued before the US Supreme Court. He is the co-author of Pelican’s 100 Oklahoma Outlaws, Gangsters, and Lawmen: 1839-1939; 200 Texas Outlaws and Lawmen: 1835-1935; Ten Deadly Texans; Old West Swindlers; Arizona Gunfighter; and Outlaws with Badges. Yadon resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

About the book: One Murder Too Many

9781455618194 (518x800)In an unusual dual biography, authors Laurence J. Yadon and Robert Barr Smith explore this compelling criminal case from both sides. Tulsa computer tycoon Roger Wheeler was the victim and organized crime boss Whitey Bulger was the criminal—or so it seemed. Through a fascinating examination of information related to both men, the authors break down the façade and expose the underlying truths in this decades-long case.

This riveting true story lays out how the unrelenting efforts of the family of a murdered Oklahoma businessman led to this crime boss’s downfall. Yadon and Smith provide insight into the development of organized crime in American and its stronghold in Boston while following and uncovering all the murky details of this groundbreaking case.