Vandevers: The Store With Everything

Open through November 2019

In Tulsa, Vandevers is both one of the early names in retail and one of the few department stores that survived the initial move towards suburbanization. Vandevers was a full-line department store that provided everything a shopper could want, from expensive, high-end fashion, jewelry, and furnishings, to economical clothing and appliances.

Who > What > Where > Signs of Tulsa

Open through January 2020

Signs are all around us. They tell us where we are, where we’re going, and how to get there. This exhibit shows off some of Tulsa’s signs from the past. They have labeled streets, businesses, buildings, and events, and come in many shapes, sizes, and materials.

Short Stories: A Peek Inside the Collection

Open through September 2019

Short Stories provides a unique view of the Museum’s collection. Instead of a gallery with one overall theme, this exhibit features individual or small groupings of artifacts with interesting tales from Tulsa history.

A College for All: 50 Years of Tulsa Community College

Opens August 9th

From accountants to nurses and engineers to psychologists, Tulsa Community College has produced a workforce for northeast Oklahoma for 50 years. This exhibit allows visitors to explore that history through artifacts, images, and stories about TCC's leaders, staff, and students who have been there along the way.

Seeing Things: Photography by Lee McBIrney

Open through October 2019

Leander “Lee” McBirney spent the majority of his life in Tulsa working in the family business – banking.

1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

This is an ongoing exhibit

Following World War I, Tulsa was recognized nationally for its affluent African American community known as the Greenwood District. This thriving business district and surrounding residential area was referred to as “Black Wall Street.” In June 1921, a series of events nearly destroyed the entire Greenwood area.

Life of a House: History of the Travis Mansion

This is an ongoing exhibit

A series of photographs tells the history of the mansion the Historical Society now calls home. Images and information trace the changes in the structure from the early years when the Travis Family lived in the house through the purchase and recent renovation by THS.

TRIBUNE: The Story of a Newspaper

This is an ongoing exhibit

In 1919, Richard Lloyd Jones, Sr., moved his family from Wisconsin to Tulsa to purchase and operate The Tulsa Tribune newspaper. This exhibit highlights the Tribune’s story through the years as well as the three generations of the Lloyd Jones family that published the paper until its end in 1992.

ChronoTulsa: Timeline of Tulsa History

This is an ongoing exhibit

This exhibit provides a historical overview of Tulsa’s rich history. The timeline begins with the arrival of the Creek Indians who settled Tulsa in the 1830s and then covers many historically significant events and time periods that have affected the city’s development and helped shape the Tulsa of today.

Zebco: 70th Anniversary (Pop-Up)

Open through August 2019

The unusual thing about R.D. Hull’s invention was the company he would eventually partner with to manufacture his new invention – the Zero Hour Bomb Company. The fishing reels went into production in 1949 using an acronym of the company’s name – Zebco – and before long this side business took over and the business stopped making bombs altogether.

The current exhibition schedule has been generously sponsored by:

Mervin Bovaird Foundation
Mary K. Chapman Foundation
E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation
The Gelvin Foundation
Merkel Family Foundation
James D. & Cathryn M. Moore Foundation
The Oxley Foundation
Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
A.R. & Mary Louise Tandy Foundation
Robert S. & Helen Grey Trippett Foundation

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