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“Tulsa Sights & Sounds” Art Show

Mar 3rd
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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Oklahoma Writers Exhibit

Mar 3rd
Posted in Uncategorized

The Oklahoma Writers Exhibit:

A Multi-venue Exhibit on Oklahoma Writers

Kickoff reception: Friday, March 6th at 6:30

Writers featured at the Tulsa Historical Society will be non-Oklahomans like Edna Ferber, who’ve written about the state, and historians, such as Michael Wallis, who have penned the definitive history of Oklahoma.

Please join us for the free kickoff reception honoring Michael, First Friday, 6:30-7:30, at the Tulsa Historical Society.

Some of Michael’s artifacts that will be on display will include Pretty Boy Floyd’s death mask and a branding iron from the 101 Ranch.

This exhibit is brought to you by the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers and the Oklahoma History Center.


“And My Spirit Said, Yes!” Lecture & Signing

Jan 27th
Posted in Book signing, books, Events, Gift Shop, History

“And My Spirit Said, Yes!

The African-American Experience: Visions of the Past and Present”

Saturday, February 21st, 1:00 PM

Don Thompson, author and award-winning photographer, will be reading from and discussing his new book, “And My Spirit Said, Yes! The African-American Experience: Visions of the Past and Present.”

This event is free and open to the public.

And My Spirit Said Yes!“And My Spirit Said Yes! The African-American Experience: Visions of the Past and Present,” features over thirty men and women who have made significant contributions to the history of the North Tulsa, Tulsa and Oklahoma communities.

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Don Thompson, author

Praise from Barbara Seals Nevergold, Co-founder of Uncrowned Queens Institute, Buffalo, New York says “For too long Historians have ignored the importance of documenting the histories of the everyday man and woman who have contributed to the historic records of their communities. Andy My Spirit Said, Yes! is a compilation of the biographical sketches and photos of African American Oklahoma Community Leaders. Mr. Thompson has made a significant contribution by collecting; preserving and creating an accessible file of regional African American history that otherwise might be lost.”

Don Thompson’s photography has been selected to appear in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. which will open in 2016. Don is the author of Hush Somebody’s Callin’ My Name, member of Tulsa Artist Coalition, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Philbrook Museum and other community organizations.

Books will be available for purchase at the event for $20.00 and applicable tax.

1950s Exhibit Wishlist – We need YOUR help

Jan 14th
Posted in Exhibit, research

Exhibit Wishlist – Most Wanted Items

  • Early (small) 1950s Car
  • Motorcycle
  • Iron Lung
  • Items related to polio outbreak
  • Items related to Tulsa Coliseum
  • Neon Sign
  • Snapshot photos of people doing everyday things
  • 1950s 3-D Glasses
  • 1950s roller skates
  • Items related to Elvis’ concert at the Fairgrounds c. 1956

Help us tell Tulsa’s tales from the 50s

Do you have objects, photographs, or memories from the 1950s 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, or 918.712.9484.

Share your memories with our 1950s Memories Survey

If you have personal stories about the “nifty fifties” in Tulsa or have heard tales from family or friends about their experiences we need your help. Your information and memories will help add to our exhibit research and may even be featured in the gallery.

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool.



Overlaid Map: Modern Tulsa & Original Creek Allotments

Jan 13th
Posted in Events, History, Kiosk, research

Allotment map

 This event was held on Friday, January 23rd.

Maps are available for order at the museum: $75, full size: 3×5 feet.

Visit the Tulsa World Website to see the full map HERE.

A large, framed map reflecting the early land ownership of the city of Tulsa will be presented by Muscogee Creek Chief George Tiger to Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett on Jan. 23 at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum.

“Creek citizens were each allotted 160 acres of land,” said Principal Chief George Tiger. “These allotments covered the entire area stretching from Admiral Boulevard to 121st Street South and from Mingo Road to 65th W. Avenue. The map shows the names of many prominent Tulsa families such as the Perrymans, Graysons, Bruners, Blands and Partridge to name just a few.”

Bartlett said Tulsa stands alone among U.S. cities with this unique Indian land allotment history.

“All Tulsans should be proud of this rich history shared by Indian and non-Indian alike. As mayor, I am pleased to receive this map with the hope that it will continue to build awareness of Tulsa’s unique history.”

Perryman descendants J.D. Colbert and Shelby Navarro spearheaded the map project.

The map uses data from Hastain’s Township Plats of the Creek Nation published by E. Hastain in 1910 with an overlay of the current major street grid and highways in Tulsa. Also represented are prominent city landmarks along with how the name Tulsa evolved from the Creek language ‘Tvlvhasse,’ meaning “Old Town.”


Music at the Mansion

Jan 7th
Posted in concert, music at the mansion, Uncategorized

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Thursday, January 15th, 1:30 PM

Tulsa Friends of Chamber Music Ensembles and Quartet: James Ruggles, Director/Violinist, David Belanger, Guest Composer


Pastoralle for Violin and Guitar………David Belanger
James Ruggles, Violin, Joesf Glaude, Guitar

Scherzo for Violin and Piano…………David Belanger
James Ruggles, Violin, Fran Moore, Piano

Quartet:  Movt, 1……………………………..David Belanger

Quartet K.465 “Dissonance”……………..WA Mozart

  • Adagio-Allegro
  • Andante cantabile
  • Menuetto: Allegretto-Trio-Allegretto
  • Allegro Molto

Tulsa Friends of Chamber Music Quartet:  James Ruggles, Violin, Raymond Johnson, Violin, David Belanger, Viola, Jeremiah Neely, Cello.