TULSA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Tulsa Historical Society & Museum: Where History Lives

aka Tulsa Historical Society & Museum   |   Tulsa, OK   |  www.tulsahistory.org

Mission

THSM's mission is to illuminate the past, enrich the present, and inspire future generations by collecting, preserving, and presenting Tulsa's history. Tulsa Historical Society & Museum's mission is: to illuminate the past, enrich the present, and inspire future generations by collecting, preserving and presenting Tulsa's history. Established in 1965, THSM holds an extensive collection, including more than 250,000 still photographs, books, maps, documents, textiles and architectural elements, and fine and decorative arts. The Tulsa Historical Society & Museum is Tulsa's only museum dedicated to collecting, preserving, and presenting a look at Tulsa's rich history.

Ruling year info

1965

Executive Director

Ms. Michelle Place

Main address

2445 S. Peoria Ave

Tulsa, OK 74114 USA

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EIN

73-0795545

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The mission of the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum is: to illuminate the past, enrich the present and inspire future generations by collecting, preserving and presenting Tulsa's history. THSM is Tulsa’s only museum dedicated to collecting, preserving and presenting Tulsa’s history. Because the study of history is no longer widely taught in Oklahoma schools, THSM’s collections, exhibits and programs are more important than ever, and are a valuable community resource. Established in 1965, THSM holds an extensive collection of resources on Tulsa’s rich past. The collection includes more than 250,000 still photographs, books, maps, documents, textiles and architectural elements, as well as fine and decorative arts. From 1985 to 1997, the Society, which is now located in the Samuel Travis mansion, was headquartered in the Thomas Gilcrease house on the Gilcrease Museum grounds.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Telling Tulsa's History

Operating programs include: public education collection of historical material related to Tulsa collection preservation presentation of Tulsa's history

Population(s) Served

THSM's Exhibits and Education program is literally the "face" of the Museum. The Tulsa Historical Society & Museum's 2017- 2018 Exhibits and Education program continues to focus on significant events, people, organizations, cultural circumstances and periods in the unique and colorful history of Tulsa. The exhibits illustrate, present and describe topics in a way that fosters interest in the past and present life of the city. The exhibits in turn are developed into educational programs for on-site and community presentations.

Each of the Tulsa Historical Society Museum's eight galleries will display new exhibits on a variety of topics at least once during 2017. Some of the smaller galleries will have two new exhibits.

As a Museum, the expenses associated with the Exhibits and Education program are ongoing and rank extremely high in the fulfilling THSM's mission. The annual budget includes exhibit preparation and installation, including graphics, display supplies, replacement lighting and redirection of light sources, photo duplication, photo murals, construction of specialized displays, and interactive technology.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Through its education program for third grade and other grade levels, THSM is able to convey the importance of the study of history as a way of improving today's world, and not only improving, but also inspiring future generations. By emphasizing that everyone's story is an important part of history, not just the stories of people of privilege, and by encouraging students to learn and tell their history, THSM is seeking to enrich Tulsa's collective history, as well as instilling a sense of belonging. When people feel they belong, they improve their communities. THSM's education efforts are especially important now that the study of history and civics receive relatively little classroom time, and standardized tests do not measure knowledge in these areas of study. End-of-instruction tests following history courses have been largely eliminated by school districts in light of the heavy testing burden placed on Oklahoma public school students. With the addition of an education director in 2014 and subsequent development of several curriculum tracks, THSM has gained a following of educators from Tulsa area school districts and private schools as a valuable resource on Tulsa history.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

THSM has recently opened its "Tulsans Talk: Past and Present" oral history listening and recording galleries. Visitors may listen to more than 200 recorded oral histories and, by appointment, record oral histories free of charge. In April 2017, the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum was named the "best regional historical museum in Oklahoma" by the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The archival digitization project, which ultimately will make images of every item in the THSM collection searchable and viewable online is a cutting edge technological advance. The project began in October 2015, and currently more than 35,000 images have been digitized and are available for viewing free of charge.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of digital historic images available online

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of requests for data

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Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of exhibitions

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Exhibits

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of audience members

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Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

THSM annually develops exhibits for its seven rotating galleries and changes artifacts annually in “Chrono Tulsa”, a permanent exhibit on the timeline of Tulsa’s history. To better meet research requests, THSM has transitioned its virtual exhibits on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre archives its previous iPad format to its website, making the exhibit content available and searchable online free of charge. THSM continues its ambitious digitization project with the ultimate aim of having every item in its collection digitized and searchable. To date, more than 50,000 items, mostly photographs, are available to be viewed electronically. Photographs are the most requested archival items by researchers and the general public. THSM also presents education programs for all ages, provides programs for schools and civic groups, sponsors special events like book signings, panel discussions and lectures, and manages more than 2,000 requests for information each year.
Through its education program, THSM is able to convey the importance of the study of history as a way of improving today’s world and inspiring future generations. THSM emphasizes that everyone’s story is an important part of history, not just the stories of people of means. By encouraging everyone to learn and tell their story, THSM is seeking to enrich Tulsa’s collective history. THSM’s education efforts are especially important now that in Oklahoma the study of history and civics receive relatively little classroom time because standardized tests do not measure knowledge in these areas of study. With the addition of an education director in 2014 and subsequent development of several curricula tracks, THSM has gained a following of educators from Tulsa area school districts and private schools as a valuable resource on Tulsa history. Our programs are developed to meet Oklahoma education standards.

THSM’s staff of five works collaboratively with various groups and community segments to preserve and present a broad-based, comprehensive look at Tulsa. The THSM staff is regionally and nationally recognized as subject matter experts on such topics as the forced removal of Native American tribes to Indian Territory, the early days of the oil industry, and Art Deco architecture. The staff is also recognized statewide for adhering to best practices in the curatorial and archival, as well as the exhibit design and presentation areas of museum science. Because of its growing reputation as a respected research repository, THSM recently has received several donations of significant collections of photographs, artifacts and archival documents. The major photographic collections were donated by: the Tulsa Tribune; TulsaPeople; the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce and Howard Hopkins. The THSM archives also includes significant donations of artifacts from early day Tulsa and archival items relating to Native Americans.

Just as THSM’s origin in 1963 came with a dream for a permanent home, THSM now has a dream to secure its financial future, expand its facility, beautify its grounds and enhance its “Peoria Avenue presence.” As a history Museum, THSM is situated in the heart of historical Terwilleger Heights and adjacent to Woodward Park. The proximity to Philbrook Museum of Art and the newly opened Gathering Place is mutually beneficial and offers cross-marketing opportunities.

THSM, through its exhibits and programs, seeks to raise the concept that those who went before us dreamed big dreams for themselves, their neighborhoods and their communities. Someone dreamed of schools, parks, clean water, good jobs, hospitals, houses of worship and worked to make those dreams come true. Courage, tenacity, vision and community are lifted up at THSM. The connection is made that we, as Tulsans, must continue to dream big dreams individually and collectively.

THSM's four strategic umbrellas are:
to maintain our fiscal resources;
to maintain our physical facilities;
to grow our reputation as a respected research repository; and
to increase/enhance the use of technology in our exhibits and education programs.

As we approach 1921, the centennial of the tragic Tulsa Race Massacre, THSM is making its award-winning traveling exhibit "The Spirit of Greenwood/1921 Tulsa Race Massacre" available on a long-term basis to a series of statewide partners, including non-profits, churches, organizations, businesses and library system. The exhibit comes with one-day and five-day curricula developed in cooperation with the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. In addition, all archival photographs, documents and audio recording in THSM's collection related to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre are available and searchable on-line free-of-charge to students and researchers. In addition, up to 25 photo reproductions can be ordered free of charge. In addition to working with its collaborative partner, THSM is vigorously making the exhibit and curricula available in the Tulsa metro area.

THSM has had numerous significant achievements in recent years, some of which are listed below.
2018
• THSM welcomed 17,011 museum visitors
• Made off-site historical presentations to 729 persons
• THSM’s Executive director personally made presentations to more than 3,000 people
• 922 students toured the Museum
• 4,938 students viewed the traveling exhibit on the Spirit of Greenwood/1921 Attack on Greenwood

• THSM received an “Outstanding Exhibit Award” from the Oklahoma Museums Association for the History of Greenwood/Tulsa Race Massacre Traveling Exhibit

• 439 people participated in downtown walking tours
• THSM produced “L-dor V’dor: Generation to Generation: the Story of Tulsa’s Jewish Community.” The film has been accepted to multiple film festivals and contracts are signed for airing on public television. 350 people attended the premiere of this new documentary.

• 1,528 attended Oklahoma Chautauqua; the third year THSM has hosted
• THSM hosted 37 special events, such as book signings, lectures, musical presentations, and exhibit opening receptions. All THSM events are presented free of charge.

• 397 people attended Music at the Mansion, a collaboration with Hyechka, Tulsa’s oldest music education club

• THSM presented 11 new gallery, community spotlight, and off-site exhibits

• THSM board and staff participated in a museum assessment program on community engagement through the American Alliance of Museums

• The Tulsa Hall of Fame was the highest gross and net revenue generator in the event’ s history

• More than 60 oral histories were recorded

• 9,897 records or collections were catalogued

• Guardians of Tulsa History, THSM’s volunteer group, totaled 42 active members in 2018 and provided 6,176 hours of service ( 6,176 X $25/hour = $154,400.)

• THSM’s website had 333,188 page views

• THSM had 15,903 Facebook, 8,639 Twitter and 754 Instagram followers

2017
• THSM received an Outstanding Exhibit Award from the Oklahoma Museums Association for “A Ship Named Tulsa: Three Stories of Namesake Vessels.”

2016
• THSM was awarded a Heartland Emmy for its feature length documentary “Boomtown: An American Journey.”

2015
• THSM received two awards from the Oklahoma Museums Association: one for Outstanding Technology Media for “1921 Tulsa Race Riot Application and Virtual Exhibit”; and one for Outstanding Promotional Piece for “Voices of History” Branding Film.

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TULSA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 11/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Dale Mills

Williams

Term: 2022 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mr. Cray Bauxmont-Flynn

Ampatico

Term: 2021 - 2023

Anne Cleveland

Emeritus, retired business owner

Sharon Davis

Emeritus, King Investments

E. Graves

Emeritus

Allen Hoerman

Valley National Bank

Martha Clark

retired, Tulsa Public Schools

C. Lewis, III

Riggs Abney

Daniel Attorney

Conner & Wiinter

Tori Community Volunteer

Dale Williams

Whit Architect

Todd & Associates

Jesse Community Voolunteer

David Morgan Stanley

Mark Tulsa Police Department

Wendell Tulsa Police Department

Cliftonn Freemount Corporation

Dana Bank of Oklahoma

Brian Hall Estill

Henry retired attorney

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