Archives for: January 2014

Jan 29th
Posted in Exhibit, memories, research, Uncategorized

YOU can help!

The museum is always looking for artifacts, photographs, and stories to share with the public in upcoming exhibits. Right now we need YOUR help with our upcoming 1930s exhibit.

YOUR memories of the Tulsa area in the 1930s

If you have personal stories about the Depression or have heard tales from family or friends about their experiences we want to hear them.  Please contact the museum or take our handy online survey:

Click here to take online survey

Artifact Wishlist – we are looking for artifacts, photographs, and information related to:

  • Depression Scrip (substitute currency used by companies or communities in place of government issued money)
  • Mid-Continent Oil Refinery Strike Photos (1938-1940)
  • Ice Skates
  • Bicycle and/or Tricycle
  • Children’s Clothing
  • Furniture
  • New Deal related items: photos, publications, or artifacts related to WPA, CCC, etc. projects or camps in Tulsa area.
  • Information, photos or items related to Quaker Drug formerly at 18th & Baltimore

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.


Jan 28th
Posted in Uncategorized

We did it! We made it to 7,000 Facebook likes!

That means: FREE museum admission for an entire week!

Visit the museum Tuesday, January 28th through Saturday, February 1st.

CLICK HERE to see all current exhibits.

CLICK HERE and “like” us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current events, exhibits, and incoming collections.


Jan 23rd
Tags: Posted in Book signing, books, Events, Kiosk, Uncategorized

Whitey Bulger and the Computer Tycoon

Lecture & Signing with Co-Author: Laurence J. Yadon
Saturday, February 1st, 1:00 PM
FREE admission

In this 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 an examination of information related to both men, the authors break down the façade and expose the underlying truths in this decades-long case.

Wheeler, a well-known entrepreneur, discovered that one of his investments was being skimmed by organized crime in Boston. 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. Wheeler was assassinated in May of 1981 and Bulger quickly dropped out of sight. In the ensuing years, Wheeler’s family never gave up their pursuit of justice. Their perseverance paid off when Bulger was apprehended in June of 2011.

This 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.

Laurence J. Yadon

Laurence J. Yadon is an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator. He has assisted the Department of Justice in litigation matters before his local United States district court and has 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.

Robert Barr Smith is a History Channel commentator and the author of more than thirty articles and five books. He co-authored Old West Swindlers, and Outlaws with Badges, and has been the editor for Yadon’s other titles. Smith served more than twenty years in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He is a former deputy attorney general of California and a retired professor of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Smith lives in Norman, Oklahoma.


Jan 23rd
Posted in Uncategorized

Museum Selfie Day

On January 22, 2014, museum visitors, curators, managers and mascots from all over the world will be taking part in #MuseumSelfie day – a Twitter project aimed at raising awareness of the great collections being housed by national and regional museums across the globe. At THS we are celebrating the first ever Museum Selfie Day by offering a FREE MEMBERSHIP to those who visit the museum and share their selfies with us.

What to do:

  1. Visit THS by the end of the day Saturday (1/25/14)
  2. Take a selfie (a photo of yourself) featuring an artifact in the collection or part of the building.
  3. Share your selfie with us by Saturday at midnight by posting on our Facebook or Twitter pages (send your photo via message on Facebook or mention us (@TulsaHistory) in your Twitter post.) Be sure to include the hashtag #MuseumSelfie

…And get a free membership! It’s that easy!

Need some inspiration? Here are a few examples to get you started:

Can you do better than these Museum selfies?

Museum Selfie Day in photos


Jan 20th
Tags: Posted in Events, family, program

Travis Family Lecture with Dr. Debbie Lifschitz
Monday, January 27th at 6:30 PM
Admission is FREE

Come hear about the history of the Travis family, one of the first Jewish families in Tulsa, and builders of the two mansions that now house the Tulsa Historical Society and the Tulsa Garden Center.

Dr. Debbie Lifschitz, granddaughter to the original owners of the Travis Mansion (where the THS Museum is located), will be speaking about the saga of Sam and Julie Travis and the adventures she has had researching their families. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about this early Tulsa family inside the home they built!

The Tulsa Historical Society’s museum is located in the historic Travis Mansion. Brothers David and Samuel Travis constructed complementary mansions on South Peoria in 1919 after making their fortunes in the oil business in Tulsa. Sam and Julie Travis lived in the mansion southern-most mansion until the mid-1920s. The building remained a residence until it was purchased by the Tulsa Historical Society in 1997 to prevent demolition. After extensive renovation, the Travis Mansion now houses the Tulsa Historical Society Museum. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Travis Mansion.

Dr. Debbie Lifschitz, a grand-daughter of Sam and Julie Travis, lives in Jerusalem, Israel. Her husband is an orthopedic surgeon and they have 5 children and quite a few grandchildren.

She has been training teachers for over 30 years, at Michlalah Jerusalem College, where she has been chairperson of the English Department, Vice Dean, and lecturer. She has worked with the Israel Ministry of Education in the English Inspectorate and has published numerous articles.
Dr. Lifschitz started researching her maternal family in 2004, leaving the research of her paternal family to her sister Mrs. Rachel Bernstein. Family research has taken her to archives in Israel, France and the United States.