Category: family

Feb 6th
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Jan 20th
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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.


Sep 26th
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Smithsonian Magazine FREE Museum Day LIVE!

Saturday, September 29, 2012
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

On Saturday, visit your favorite museum or discover a new one — for free! Smithsonian Museum Day is an annual event in which anyone holding a Museum Day ticket will enjoy free admission for two people at over 1,500 participating museums across the country, including the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum. The purpose behind Museum Day is to to celebrate art, culture, and the dissemination of knowledge.

How do I get my Museum Day LIVE! ticket?

To get your free ticket for two, visit You and your guest must bring this ticket with you to get into the Tulsa Historical Society for free on September 29th.


Jun 2nd
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Jan 12th
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January Music at the Mansion Concert

Thursday, January 19th at 1:30 p.m.

Amy Cottingham

Pianist – Vocalist – Teacher

Featuring a variety of music including original compositions, classical, jazz, rags, tangos and popular music.

Also featured will be Winona Fifield, violinist.

Amy’s Bio:

Amy Cottingham began playing the piano and violin at age three. She sings, composes, arranges, transcribes, teaches and performs classical and jazz. Her compositions of varying styles have been performed in Tulsa by the Signature Symphony and by local schools. Amy has recorded with other artists and has produced a CD ofher own compositions. With a Bachelors degree in Piano Performance, she has won numerous state and regional piano competitions. She has performed multiple solo concerts and traveled around the world performing with vocal and instrumental ensembles. She holds a Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting from Oklahoma State University.

Amy performs regularly with the Signature Symphony and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. She has been invited to give solo recitals for the Brown Bag It series at the Performing Arts Center, the Music at the Mansion Series at the Historical Society, as well as recitals for church concert series and retirement communities. She has also been invited to perform alongside other artists in Performance Plus and Tulsa Fest, under the direction of Dr. Barry Epperley. Amy has also been featured at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame numerous times as a solo performer with her own show and as a guest on the Annual Keyboard Concert.

Amy has been teaching private piano lessons for fifteen years and manages a full-time music studio out of her home, with many students placing in piano competitions and going on to be music majors in college. She is an active member of the Tulsa Accredited Music Teachers Association, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association (with whom she is nationally certified) and the Hyechka Music Club, where she performs regularly. As an active accompanist, Amy’s experience ranges from musicals, school choirs and adult choirs to junior and senior recitals, auditions and professional recitals.

Music at the Mansion concerts are held the third Thursday of each month, September through June at 1:30 p.m. A different local musician is featured each month.
Price: $5 adults, $3 seniors, students and Historical Society members free.

Oct 24th
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Children, parents, and grandparents can help dream a better future for Tulsa at the opening of the Dream Exhibit at the Tulsa Historical Society Museum. The exhibit, sponsored by The Williams Companies, will be formally opened by Mayor Dewey Bartlett and his wife Victoria at a public event Wednesday, November 9, 7-9 pm. The event will include musical selections by a local choral group and an inspiring multimedia presentation by bestselling author Susan V. Bosak.

Tulsa is the first American city to host the Dream Exhibit. The exhibit is in Tulsa for the city’s new Across the Generations initiative. By the year 2030, 1 in every 5 Americans will be over 65. The Across Generations initiative will help Tulsa address shifting demographics as it works to become a city that recognizes, respects, and meets the needs of all ages and brings generations together in support of each other.

The Dream Exhibit is part of an Across Generations One City, One Book program developed to start an intergenerational dialogue and invite ideas from Tulsans of all ages. Families, schools, and seniors groups are encouraged to read Bosak’s award-winning book Dream. The book is illustrated by 15 top artists from around the world and is a multilayered story for children and adults about hopes and dreams across a lifetime – from the time you’re a baby to the time you’re an older adult.

The Dream Exhibit features all the original artwork created for Dream – watercolor, oil, digital, 3-D modeling clay, and more. There’s also the magical, handcrafted Dream Chest inspired by the chest in the book. Computer interactives and concept drafts reveal the secrets behind the creative process.

“The exhibit gets you thinking about your life and the generations, and inspires you to dream better things for your community,” says Bosak, who is also Chair of the Legacy Project, a national multigenerational education group that has partnered with the City of Tulsa on the Across Generations initiative.

“Other cities trying to adress the demographic shift haven’t had an education component. While they’re well-intentioned, they do little to address the underlying social issues and involve people of all ages. So they’re not as effective as they could be,” says Bosak. “The Dream book and exhibit are accessible to everyone and invite participation and creative new ideas for Tulsa.”

The public is invited to reserve seats for the Dream Exhibit opening Wednesday, November 9, 7-9 pm at the Tulsa Historical Society Museum, 2445 South Peoria Avenue. Young and old throughout Tulsa can come together to dream a better future for the city. There will be a reception with refreshments, and everyone attending will receive a free sparkling Dreamer pin.

The Dream Exhibit will be in Tulsa through 2012. Visit for more information.