News & Events

Mvskoke Etvlwv – The Muscogee People

Aug 20th
Posted in Uncategorized

Mvskoke Etvlwv – The Muscogee People

Lecture Series: Tuesdays in September, 6:30 pm

Presented by Justin Giles, Director

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Cultural Center & Archives

Muscogee (Creek) Nation_Identity_Whole_NEW_B[2]

Each night will begin with a brief history of Muscogee people, followed by a specific topic:

September 1st – Native American stick and ball games – exploring the relations between the indigenous stick and ball games ranging from southeastern Muscogean stickball to Iroquoian lacrosse.

September 8th – Guest speaker, yet to be determinedMounds

September 15th – Myth of a North American wilderness – exploring the mound cities of the Mississippian Mound Builders throughout the Ohio Valley and the southeast. Muscogee people are direct descendants of these city planners.

September 22nd – Muscogee fine art to pop culture – exploring the contribution of Muscogee artists to the American art scene. From southeastern art motifs, music, contemporary art, to Will Sampson.

September 29th – Muscogee Council House and Museum Collection – exploring the history of the Muscogee Capitol City of Okmulgee, the Historic Council House, and museum collection.


Reader’s Theater: “Bad Seed”

Aug 14th
Posted in Uncategorized

Sun Caste Reader’s Theater Group Present:

The Bad Seed

Saturday, August 29th, 12pm – 2pm

BadseedSynopsis:  Rhoda Penmark is a 10 year old  girl beloved by all. It is only after the “accidental” drowning of a classmate that Rhoda’s mother begins to recall unfortunate events that seemed to always involve Rhoda, with tragic consequences for anyone who crosses her. Is there such a thing as true evil? Is it only a bad environment or bad influences that effect children, or can an individual have inherent tendencies that drive them toward certain evil behavior? Such questions are raised in the play, Bad Seed, a production sure to cause audiences to shudder.


Bus Trip: Little Rock, Arkansas

Jul 30th
Posted in Uncategorized

little rock

Bus Trip: Experience Arkansas’ Capital City

October 22 – 23, 2015

little rock lifeLittle Rock, Arkansas has a big role in history and looks to the future. Learn about Central High School’s place in the civil rights movement, explore the Clinton Presidential center, and relive episodes of rich Southern history at historic sites and museums in a thriving Little Rock New South culture.

Download the full itinerary, which includes prices and registration information, by CLICKING HERE.

The Roots of Muscogee (Creek) Hymns: A Cultural Blending

Jul 13th
Posted in Uncategorized

The Roots of Muscogee (Creek) Hymns: A Cultural Blending

Monday, July 27, 7:00 p.m.

foley_250x300Dr. Hugh Foley, music historian and professor, has studied the origins of Creek hymn singing. In his book, “Oklahoma Music Guide,” he writes that the Muscogee hymn tradition is “a model for cultural diffusion influence, adaptation, and re-appropriation, evolving into what very well could be the first American music that embraces the three major cultures of the nascent United States: the Anglo-Scot European, the African, and the American Indian.”

Join us to learn about this fascinating history and hear examples of the music created by the blending of these three cultures.

“Crossroads” by Jo Ratliff

Jun 30th
Posted in Uncategorized

Lecture & Book Signing

Crossroads at Miller Ridge by Jo Ratliff

Saturday, July 18th, 11:00 AM


“Crossroads at Miller Ridge captures the humor and pathos of life as experienced by an Oklahoma family and its neighbors.”

About the book

CrossroadsCover0001 (525x800)Jo Ratliff is her family’s story keeper—the repository of the folklore and facts surrounding her family’s Oklahoma roots. In Crossroads at Miller Ridge she hands down the tales her mother told her of growing up at Miller Ridge, once referred to by one old-timer as the “flower garden” of a region rising out of the bottomlands of the Arkansas River west of Fort Smith, Arkansas.   When Ratliff’s great-grandfather, Arthur William Miller, a proud Confederate veteran headed west, carrying a Winchester rifle, some apple seedlings, a medical book and a wagon load of kids drawn by a team of oxen, the land where he settled still belonged to the Cherokees. Twenty-two years later, when Oklahoma became the 46th state, a gaggle of grandchildren were in attendance at the one-room school house known as Miller Ridge, standing across the road from the Millers’ log home.

Traipsing across the fields over barbed wire fences and tiptoeing through rocky streams, the children of Miller Ridge thrived in a community where the wagon didn’t roll out of the gate without everyone within a three-mile radius knowing where it was headed. Idyllic as it may sound, the community was not without its share of danger and uncertainty. World War I, the 1918 flu epidemic, Prohibition, and the Great Depression disrupted plans and dismantled dreams. All the while the folks at Miller Ridge married, had children, raised crops, built barns, played music and danced to the tunes of their time.

Pulled from a library of recollection that that has long since been closed, woven from the collective history of a region where the stake marking its birthplace remains today, Crossroads at Miller Ridge captures the humor and pathos of life as experienced by an Oklahoma family and its neighbors. More pointedly, it traces the steps of its primary character, Lillian, as she negotiates the hazardous road that leads her from girlhood to womanhood.

Jo Ratliff 109 (1) (756x800)

Author: Jo Ratliff

About the author

Jo Ratliff holds a B.A. in American Studies from Oklahoma State University. She is the author of Headed Home: A Collection of Family Recipes and former editor of The Villa Voice, the quarterly newsletter for DaySpring Villa, a domestic violence shelter for women and children.

As a sideline to her quest to capture the life and times of people she holds most dear, she endeavors to keep family members informed about their Oklahoma roots and encourages them to stay connected through a periodic newsletter called The Miller Times. Circulation now stands at 175 family members. Although she was born in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, she has spent most of her life in Tulsa where she resides with her husband, Alan.


Boomtown: An American Journey

Jun 16th
Posted in Uncategorized

Tulsa Historical Society and Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions


Boomtown: An American Journey

How to see the film:

The film is currently showing, by request, at the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria. Free with museum admission ($5 adults, $3 seniors, free for members and students).

Showings of Boomtown will be offered at the Circle Cinema, located at 10 S. Lewis Ave, until at least August 20th. Check their calendar for exact times here:

Boomtown will show on RSU TV on Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. and again on Aug 17 at 11 p.m. RSU TV Cable listings here:

DVDs will be for sale in the museum gift kiosk (and available for shipping) in mid-September.

This documentary focuses on the history of Tulsa, a city known for extremes, from its resilient citizens and indomitable leaders to its troubled cultural past and economic roller coasters.

Boomtown Poster“Boomtown showcases our city’s heritage of prosperous oil years, wealth, architecture, flourishing arts and philanthropy,” said Michelle Place, executive director of THS. “Interwoven in the film are the storied struggles of our community through the century – from the trials of the Muscogee Creek people during removal to Indian Territory in NE Oklahoma, through the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, to the hardships of economic downturns. The film answers the question, ‘Why is the study of history important?’”

Local business and civic leaders, authors and philanthropists featured through interviews in the documentary include:  Sharon King Davis, Linda Frazier, Hannibal Johnson, Phil Lakin, Bill Major, Dennis Neill, Teresa Pena, Ian Swart, Clifton Taulbert, Robb Trepp and Michael Wallis, as well as the late Herb Fritz.

Tulsa composer & musician Aaron Fulkerson created the original score for Boomtown, whose music was performed and recorded at Tulsa Community College Recording Studio by the Signature Symphony at TCC.

“Our vision for a short, five-minute promotional film for the museum began on New Year’s Eve 2013 after a conversation between myself, Michelle, and my fellow Boomtown executive producer, Andy Kinslow,” said Russ Kirkpatrick of the production company. “The initial goal was to create messaging that would explain the mission and programs to museum donors. Soon after we started filming, we knew we had a bigger story. We are thrilled to have collaborated with Oklahoma filmmakers and musicians, along with historians and technical advisors who spent nearly two years working on the film.”

“This project has been an amazing collaboration with so many Tulsa organizations,” added Place. “Our special thanks will be in the film credits, but I’d be remiss without mentioning the generosity of time from the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Circle Cinema, Greenwood Cultural Center, John Hope Franklin Center, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the Perryman Family, Signature Symphony at TCC, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Public Schools, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, and the City of Tulsa.”


See the Official Trailer:

Official Trailer HD – Boomtown: An American Journey from Kirkpatrick&Kinslow Productions on Vimeo.