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May 4th
Posted in Book signing, books, Events, Gift Shop, Uncategorized

Discussion, Reception, & Book Signing

Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy

Monday, May 11th, 6:00 PM

A fascination with her ancestry as the descendant of Creole slave women set Lalita Tademy on a journey to write the critically-acclaimed historical novel Cane River, which went on to become both a New York Times bestseller, and an Oprah Book Club Selection. Her follow-up, Red River, based on real evens during the Reconstruction after the Civil War, also received its fair share of praise. Many have longed for her next book, and the wait is now over. In CITIZENS CREEK: A Novel, Tademy continues to shine a spotlight on important moments in American history, and the impact they have on all Americans, of color or not.

About the Book

Citizens_Creek_Cover.FinalLalita Tademy brings us the evocative story of a once-enslaved man who buys his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars, and his granddaughter, who sustains his legacy of courage.
Cow Tom, born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief before his tenth birthday, possessed an extraordinary gift: the ability to master languages. As the new country developed westward, and Indians, settlers, and blacks came into constant contact, Cow Tom became a key translator for his Creek master and was hired out to US military generals. His talent earned him money—but would it also grant him freedom? And what would become of him and his family in the aftermath of the Civil War and the Indian Removal westward?

Cow Tom’s legacy lives on—especially in the courageous spirit of his granddaughter Rose. She rises to leadership of the family as they struggle against political and societal hostility intent on keeping blacks and Indians oppressed. But through it all, her grandfather’s indelible mark of courage inspires her—in mind, in spirit, and in a family legacy that never dies.

Written in two parts portraying the parallel lives of Cow Tom and Rose, Citizens Creek is a beautifully rendered novel that takes the reader deep into a little known chapter of American history. It is a breathtaking tale of identity, community, family—and above all, the power of an individual’s will to make a difference.


Author: Lalita Tademy

About the Author

Before writing full-time, Lalita was Vice President and General Manager of several high technology companies in Silicon Valley, spending over a decade running business units within large corporations. Featured in Fortune’s “People on the Rise” list, as well as Black Enterprise and Ebony, in 1998 she was named an African-American Innovator in the New Millennium at the Silicon Valley Tech Museum of Innovation. But her own interest in a family’s roots, and the ongoing issues of racism and women’s empowerment, led her to focus all of her energies on her second career – writing.

She has been featured in People Magazine, O Magazine, More Magazine, Good Housekeeping, The Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, and the Oprah Winfrey Show, and has appeared as a speaker for the Library of Congress and National Book Festival, the California Governor’s Conference for Women, African American Librarians – Black Caucus, Louisiana Library Association, Professional Businesswomen of California, National Association of Principals for Girls, and as a San Francisco Library Laureate.

Born in Berkeley, California, far from her parents’ southern roots, both her mother and father made sure their household (Louisiana West) maintained a definite non-California edge, including a steady supply of grits, gumbo, cornbread, and collard greens, and a stream of other transplanted southerners eager to share their “back-home” stories. Some version of those tales seem to steal their way into whatever she writes.

Lalita lives in northern California with her husband, Barry Williams.

Music at the Mansion

Apr 14th
Posted in Uncategorized

Music at the Mansion

Thursday, April 16th, 1:30 PM

University of Tulsa Chamber Groups with Harp

CLICK HERE to view the full program and performer bios.

Oklahoma Military Academy Day

Apr 8th
Posted in Uncategorized

Oklahoma Military Academy

Documentary Showing, Panel Discussion, and Exhibit Opening

Saturday, May 16th, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM


Schedule of Events:

10:00  Oklahoma Military Academy exhibit opens
11:00   Showing of the documentary OMA: West Point of the Southwest
12:05   Opening ceremony
12:15   Panel Discussion with Phil Goldfarb, Gene Little, John Wooley, Shawnee Brittan, and Danette Boyle
1:30     Second showing of the documentary OMA: West Point of the Southwest

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From 1919-1971, the Oklahoma Military Academy enjoyed a hard-earned reputation for excellence, becoming known as the “West Point of the South West.” Today, the campus operates as Rogers State University, but the OMA tradition has not been forgotten.

Life on “The Hill” for an OMA cadet was one of discipline and self control. The schools core values-Courage, Loyalty and Honor-were instilled in the life of every cadet. Over 10,000 young men attended OMA with 80% having served our country in time of war as well as peace…the highest percent of any school in Oklahoma.

Documentary OMA: West Point of the Southwest

RSU Public TV, in conjuction with the OMA Alumni Association and Rogers State University, has produced a documentary telling the unique story of the Oklahoma Military Academy.

The documentary features the narration of national award-winning journalist Bill Kurtis and was written by author John Wooley, who has extensively researched OMA’s history. OMA alumnus Shawnee Brittan ’53, who has received more than 40 international film award, served as the producer/director.


Dr. Danette Boyle -  Danette Boyle graduated from Chelsea High School and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northeastern State University and her doctorate from Oklahoma State University.  She began working at Claremore Jr. College, now Rogers State University in 1973 as the Director of Admissions/Counseling. In 1977, Boyle was promoted to Vice President for Development and served in that capacity until July 2011 at which point, she decided to serve as the Executive Director of the OMA Alumni Association.

Among Danette Boyle’s numerous awards and achievements as the Vice President at RSU, her number one accomplishment was the development of the OMA Alumni Association.  She has led the efforts in many fundraising efforts of the OMA Alumni, including efforts last year to partner with RSU TV to make the made for television movie: Oklahoma Military Academy: West Point of the Southwest.

Shawnee Brittan – Shawnee Brittan came to OMA in the fall of 1950 and graduated from high school in 1953. Brittan has received international acclaim in a career that has spanned many years in film and video production. He worked in Hollywood throughout the 1960s, where he was vice president of Celebrity News Service. In 1967, he co-founded Media Research Associates.

He served as Filmmaker-in-Residence and Visiting Professor at the University of Oklahoma from 2001 to 2011. At OU he created the Independent Film Project, an independent motion picture production program.  He currently serves as vice president of Hollymount Pictures, and is a consultant to the History Media Foundation. Brittan served as the producer and director for Oklahoma Military Academy: West Point of the Southwest. 

Phil Goldfarb – Phil Goldfarb graduated from the Oklahoma Military Academy and then received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from Oklahoma State University. A history and biography buff since he could first read, Phil’s hobby for over 30 years has been history and genealogy as he is the Founding and current President of  a local Genealogical Society.  He has lectured extensively on various topics in genealogy and has written two books titled “A Page of History: Passport Applications 1851-1914” which came out in 2014 and a second book “A Page of History: Passport Applications Volume II 1915-1925″

In 2014 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Military Academy Hall of Fame and is the President of the OMA Alumni Association. He sits on the Board of Trustees for several non-profit organizations in the Tulsa area. Phil and his wife of 39 years have two children and two grandchildren.

Gene Little – Gene little attended three years of High School and two Years of College at Oklahoma Military Academy. After Classes at Oklahoma A & M and Tulsa University, Little was offered Navy “A” School in Electronics and Enlisted. At Navy Boot Camp in San Diego, Little won the American Spirit Honor Award at Final Parade. Little finished his Navy tour in 1962 and spent his career at Philips Semiconductor as a Fabrication Planning Manager. Little Retired after 21 Years and moved Back to Oklahoma in 2003.

In 2004 Little took over as Curator of the O.M.A Museum in Claremore. With the help of his wife Charlotte, helped renovate the Museum. Little received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008 and the Lt. Gen. William E. Potts Award for Excellence in 2011.

John Wooley – John Wooley is a writer, lecturer, and radio host who specializes in the movies, literature, and music of the 1930s and ‘40s as well as other pop-culture history. He has written, co-written, or edited more than 30 books and  has scripted a number of documentaries, including Oklahoma Military Academy: The West Point of the Southwest.

He currently hosts the public-radio series Swing on This, co-hosts the Forgotten Horrors podcasts, and serves as a contributing editor and columnist for Oklahoma Magazine. Wooley’s writing has earned him induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Cartoonists Hall of Fame, and, most recently, the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame.


“Tulsa Sights & Sounds” Art Show

Mar 23rd
Posted in art, Events

“Tulsa Sights & Sounds”

Fine Art Show

March 26-28

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 26th, 5:30 – 8 pm

Presented by the Tulsa Artists Guild & Tulsa Historical Society.

The 6th annual “Tulsa Sights & Sounds”  will showcase original works of Art by members of the Tulsa Artists Guild with partial proceeds to benefit the Tulsa Historical Society. This exhibit will feature Guild members’ paintings in oil, pastel, watercolor, and collage; photography; drawings in silverpoint and pencil; as well as hand-crafted wood turnings and fine jewelry.

The Exhibit will be held at the Tulsa Historical Society from March 26 – 28, 2015, and will be open during museum hours (10-4).

Opening Reception with hors d’oeuvres and wine accompanied by the musical stylings of Pianist Donna Richey will be held Thursday, March 26th 5:30pm- 8pm.

The Tulsa Artists Guild is composed of professional artists who are juried for membership. The award-winning members’ fine art is in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad. The group was organized in 1933 with the mission to promote art and promote the members work in special exhibitions each year. Tulsa Artists Guild also donates revenue yearly to charity through the sale of art. Visit the Tulsa Artist Guild Website for more information.

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“An Indigenous People’s History of the United States”

Mar 10th
Posted in Uncategorized

Lecture & Book Signing

“An Indigenous People’s History of the United States”

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Thursday, March 26th, 6:00 PM

About the book

The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous cover

Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.

In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Shockingly, as the genocidal policy reached its zenith under President Andrew Jackson, its ruthlessness was best articulated by US Army general Thomas S. Jesup, who, in 1836, wrote of the Seminoles: “The country can be rid of them only by exterminating them.”

Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples’ history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.

About the author

author picRoxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues.

After receiving her PhD in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University, Hayward, and helped found the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies.

Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. Dunbar-Ortiz is the author or editor of seven other books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico. She lives in San Francisco.

150 Years of American Music

Mar 10th
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150 Years of American Music

Wednesday, March 18th, 3:00 PM

Presented by Scott Kirby, an internationally known pianist.

A multi-media stage performance featuring live piano music, a spoken narrative, and a video presentation. This visual “projected” dimension of the program will accompany both the narrative and the music throughout, and will consist of Kirby’s original artwork, his video footage, his photography, and archival photos. The narrative, also written by Kirby, reflects a thematic progression, weaving different concepts about small town American life together with musical, visual and literary examples which illustrate these themes.

The music in the first half will span 150 years of Americana, including Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster and John Philip Sousa, and continuing up to the present. The second half will feature Kirby’s original compositions, paintings, photography, literary excerpts and a narrative all exploring historical and visionary dimensions of the American Great Plains and Prairies.

Admission is $5/adults, $3/seniors, and FREE for members and students.

See a preview of the presentation here:

About Scott Kirby

A native of Ohio, Scott Kirby began his study of music at the age of six, and continued formal piano instruction for seventeen years. He worked under Robert Howat of Wittenberg University of Ohio, and Sylvia Zaremba at the Ohio State University. After obtaining an English degree from Ohio State University, Kirby moved to New Orleans and began his professional music career, as a street performer. In the following four years, he recorded thecomplete rags of Scott Joplin, and made his debut at all of the major ragtime festivals in the United States, as well as festivals in Belgium, France, Norway, New Zealand, and

Kirby has served as Musical Director of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MO, and of the Rocky Mountain Ragtime and American Music Festival in Boulder, CO, as well as director of the San Juan Islands Ragtime Institute. His appearances include a segment on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood in 1998, and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Kirby co-founded a record company (Viridiana Productions, L.L.C.), has made 25 recordings, and has composed over 150 original works for piano and other instruments. Admired by fellow pianists including George Winston, and hailed by Time Magazine as an “ace pianist,” CBS News’ Charles Osgood agreed that “…Critics call Scott Kirby one of the best interpreters of ragtime music on the scene today.”

Kirby’s artistic passion grew to include to visual art, and in 2005, while living in France, he completed 75 paintings and 28 piano compositions, including “The Prairie Devotionals,” The paintings (belonging to a set entitled “Visions of the Great Plains”) and the new musical works set the groundwork for his new multi-media project “Main Street Souvenirs.” Kirby now lives in Boulder, Colorado and divides his time between composing, painting, performing and teaching.