In its earliest years as a town, the streets of Tulsa were a man’s world

The community was full of laborers, outlaws, cowboys, and entrepreneurs. It was a rowdy place and there were few activities outside the home for women other than attending one of the local churches – even schools were scarce in Indian Territory. As time passed, and more women moved to the new town, the ladies of Tulsa began looking for more activities and cultural opportunities that had been available in their former hometowns. In those first few decades of Tulsa, women established schools, cultural organizations, and civic groups that changed the landscape of Tulsa both then and now. This exhibit shares a few of their stories, including those of Lilah Denton Lindsey, Jane Heard Clinton, Fannie Brownlee Misch, and Tosca Berger Kramer.

What their contemporaries said:

“In her work for her city [Lilah] Lindsey has been a searchlight, seeking out the needs of the city before it felt them.”

Jane Clinton “was a pioneer in building the soul of the city.”

[Fannie] Misch’s contributions to Tulsa’s understanding of its history were without peer.”

Tosca Berger Kramer’s “violin solos on Sunday morning have become a tradition, enjoyed not only by members but visitors and those who come especially for the privilege of hearing [her].”

Tulsa Historical Society & Museum
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