Lecture & Book Signing
The Main Streets of Oklahoma:
Okie Stores from Every County
by Kristi Eaton
Saturday, November 1st
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.
Due to the Tulsa Run on Peoria Avenue, the museum will be closed on the morning of Saturday, October 25th. Normal hours will resume at 1:00 PM that day.
New Volunteer Information & Open House
Monday, October 27th
2:00 – 4:00 PM
YOU are invited!
We welcome you to visit the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum to learn about volunteer opportunities. Guardians will be available to answer questions and share their experiences as volunteers.
You are invited to tour the museum as our guest.
Light refreshments will be served.
Museum volunteers are known as “Guardians” – Guardians of Tulsa history. Guardian responsibilities may include greeting visitors at the information desk, serving as docents for museum tours (adult and student), and presenting historical programs for Tulsa-area organizations, including schools. Guardians have optional monthly meetings which may include informative lectures, field trips, and other learning and social opportunities. Training is provided and the time required is dependent on your area of interest. Volunteer opportunities are as flexible as your schedule allows.
Music at the Mansion
University of Tulsa Student & Faculty Composers
Thursday, October 16th, 1:30 PM
CLICK HERE for the full program.
“Voices of History” Film
October 6th was a huge step in the life of the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum as we premiered, “Voices of History,” the short, seven-minute film about this institution. We are currently in the final stages of producing a longer version, which answers the question, “Why is the study of history important.” The 30-minute documentary will be released in early 2015.
Both films were made possible by an in-kind donation of services from Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions in association with Windswept Media and an anonymous donor.
Voices of History from Kirkpatrick&Kinslow Productions on Vimeo.
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