Category: Events

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.


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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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.

Author image - Don Thompson

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.


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.”



Oct 17th
Tags: Posted in Book signing, books, Events, program, Uncategorized

Lecture & Book Signing
The Main Streets of Oklahoma:
Okie Stores from Every County
by Kristi Eaton

Saturday, November 1st
10:30 AM

FREE admission – books will be for sale.

It all happened on Main Street.

It’s the heart of every community in the Sooner State. It’s where people go to eat, shop and socialize. It’s where Woods County reenacts the Freedom Bank Robbery and Shootout and where Grant County displays Twister memorabilia. Oklahoma residents are embracing Main Street, celebrating and revitalizing local history. Author Kristi Eaton crisscrosses the state, exploring each of the seventy-seven counties to find quirky stories like Elmore City’s ties to Footloose and hidden tales like the real reason Wetumka celebrates Sucker Day. It’s a celebration of the unique events, landmarks, people and heritage of this aptly named thoroughfare.

About the Author
Kristi Eaton is a journalist based in Oklahoma City. A native of Tulsa, she lived in Arizona, Italy, Saipan and South Dakota before returning to Oklahoma. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University. Her stories have been published in the Washington Post, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle and more.


May 12th
Tags: Posted in Events, music at the mansion, Uncategorized

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014

1:30 PM

Location: Tulsa Historical Society & Museum

2445 S. Peoria Ave

Tulsa, OK 74114


Admission: Free for THS members, students, and children

$5/adults and $3/seniors


John Keedy – Trumpet

Dick Tockey – Trumpet

Carol Vaughan – Horn

Lara McLaughlin – Trombone

Kevin Miller – Tuba


Le Petite Negre – Claude Debussy

Second Suite in F – Gustav Holst





A Western Fanfare – Eric Ewazen

Bourree – J. S. Bach

Phantom of The Opera Suite for Brass Quintet – Andrew Lloyd Webber

Sonata from Die Bankelsangerlieder – Anonymous

Officer Krupke from Westside Story – Leonard Bernstien

Amparita Roca – Jaime Texidor

Pavane – Gabriel Faure