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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.