Archives for: September 2014

Sep 19th
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Lecture & Exhibit Viewing (last chance before it closes!)
Saturday, September 27th, 1:00 PM

If you missed Andrew Sabori’s lecture when “Ellis Island: The Lost Mural” first opened this past Spring, now is your chance!

This exhibit features a replica of a 1938 Works Progress Administration (WPA) mural from the Ellis Island immigrants’ dining hall.

Andrew Sabori, artist, muralist, and creator of the mural reproduction will discuss:

– the WPA & How it put artists to work during depression
– WPA art & how it related to the depression
– Laning (original artist) and his relationship to Ellis Island
– Significance of Ellis Island & its historical value
– The discovery of the mural, the process went through to reproduce it
– The future vision for the mural

About the mural:

The original Ellis Island mural, titled “The Role of the Immigrant in the Industrial Development in America,” was commissioned in 1938 by the New Deal Federal Art Project, part of the WPA. Painted by muralist Edward Laning, the eight-panel mural was displayed in “Aliens’ Dining Hall” and showcased the founding and building of America by pioneers from different countries. It measured 10 feet tall by 190 feet long.

The original mural has been called the “Ellis Island Lost Mural” due to years of damage and deterioration starting in 1954, when Ellis Island officially closed and the building was abandoned. It was damaged further in 1958 when the building’s roof collapsed during a storm.

About the replica:

In 2003, artist and muralist Andrew Sabori visited Ellis Island to learn more about the original mural. He subsequently uncovered a photograph of the original and decided to recreate it. The replica mural, completed in 2008, consists of 19 panels and measures five feet tall by 90 feet long

  • Students at Agassi Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas helped sabori complete the mural.

Sep 19th
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Lecture & Book Signing
Saturday, September 27th
10:30 AM

“Father of Route 66: The Story of Cy Avery”
By Susan Croce Kelly

If it weren’t for Cy Avery’s dreams of better roads through his beloved Tulsa, the United States would never have gotten Route 66. This book is the story of Avery, his times, and the legendary highway he helped build.

Cy Avery was a farmer, teacher, real estate professional, oil man, and politician, but throughout his long life he remained a champion for better roads across America. He stood up to the Oklahoma Ku Klux Klan, hatched plans for a municipal airport, and helped build a 55-mile water pipeline for Tulsa. The centerpiece of his story—and this book—however, is Avery’s role in designing the national highway system, his monumental fight with the governor of Kentucky over a road number, and his promotional efforts that turned his U.S. 66 into an American icon.

Father of Route 66 is the first in-depth exploration of Cy Avery’s life and his impact on the movement that transformed twentieth-century America. It is a must-read for anyone fascinated by Route 66 and America’s early car culture.

Author Susan Kelly will speak about the book and be available for signing. Books will be for sale.

Admission is FREE


Sep 18th
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Record YOUR history with StoryCorps, coming to Tulsa in October. See below, or visit their website to learn more: