Category: Gift Shop

May 4th
2015
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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.

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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.

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Jan 27th
2015
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.

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Mar 7th
2014
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A Conversation and Book signing with Clifton Taulbert
Saturday, March 15
10:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Peoria Avenue will be closed from 25th to 41st on Saturday, March 15th. To reach THS, please come from the north and head south down Peoria, then turn left on 25th down the cobblestone drive.

Clifton Taulbert, Pulitzer-nominated author introduces his latest book, The Invitation.

In this seven year project which chronicles his journey in South Carolina resulting from an unexpected invitation to supper, Taulbert shares the impact of the lingering lessons of race and place as well as what happened to the children of The Help. He doesn’t stop there…Taulbert leaves us with a clear picture of hope and the opportunities we have to repair what is broken as we journey through life.

On February 21 in Natchez, Mississippi, Pulitzer-nominated author, Clifton Taulbert’s latest book, The Invitation took center stage at the 25th Annual Literary Celebration where such notables as United States Senator Thad Cochran, James Meredith, Tate Taylor-producer of  The Help and Kathryn Stockett—the author were present, joining with academic leaders and citizen guests from around the country.

Taulbert’s introduction of his seven year project brought the audience to their feet when nearing the end of his thought-provoking presentation he challenged his 32 year old son, Marshall Danzy Taulbert—writer and aspiring L.A. actor—and the audience of his peers to stand with him and take up the gauntlet to continue the transformation of America into that shining city on the hill for all.

The Invitation takes us on one African-American Baby Boomer’s journey as he shares his personal encounter with an aging white lady from South Carolina whom he thought to have been a retired school teacher, but later learned she was much more. Their encounter over a five year span of time—the reality of who she was what she represented, and the impact as the accomplished author battled the private conversation within his head, his youthful memories from the era of legal segregation—is The Invitation

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Dec 10th
2013
Tags: Posted in books, Gift Shop, Kiosk, Past Events

Located inside the museum, the Gift Kiosk is full of unique finds! It includes books by Michael Wallis and other local authors, a large selection of Tulsa-area history books, Route 66 travel guides and memorabilia, and many more.

The Kiosk is open during regular museum hours, and does not require admission fees.

Tues – Sat, 10 – 4


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Nov 11th
2013
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Saturday, Nov. 16th
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Flowers by Mrs. Dehaven will be for sale, and John Brooks Walton will speak about the book and be available for signing. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the newest Walton book!

Admission is free for THS members, children, and students
$5/adults, $3/seniors

From the inside cover of the new book:

“After my first visit to Mrs. DeHaven’s flower shop in 1954, I was fascinate with the ambiance, the history, and the beauty of the shop. Throught the years, I became acquainted with their friendly staff and in particular, Gwenn Whisenhunt, a long-time employee.

I soon developed the habit of driving by the shop to admire the shop’s wonderful and creative sindow displays. I had also heard of their historic archives and, upon writing a previous book that required photos of the 1920s, I called Gwenn for assistance. She quickly produced what I was needing and the next day I thought, ‘why not write a book about Mrs. DeHaven’s?’ I called Gwenn and said, ‘We are going to write a book!'”

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Apr 15th
2013
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