PRESERVING HISTORY: The Woody Guthrie Center, located in downtown Tulsa, celebrated its fourth anniversary in April.
ROSSY GILLE for GTR Newspapers
The Woody Guthrie Center, located in downtown Tulsa’s Brady Arts District at 102 E. M.B. Brady St., recently celebrated its fourth anniversary.
The original Woody Guthrie archives were purchased in 2011 by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and moved to Tulsa from New York in 2013. The center opened in April 2013 with the mission of preserving Woody Guthrie’s body of work and celebrating his life and the continuation of his legacy for social justice.
The center is home to several special collections, including the Woody Guthrie Collection, business papers of Harold Leventhal and the Joe Klein Interview tapes, which were used in his biography of Woody Guthrie, “Woody Guthrie: A Life.”
The center was recently gifted the research collections of the Phil Ochs Papers, the Ronald D. Cohen Folk Music Research Collection, and the Michael Ochs Collection. Besides archives, the center also offers lesson plans for teachers, summer music programs and fellowships.
On June 25, the center will present “Putting on Their Fighting Pants: Woody and Friends sing Wartime Songs on the ,” a presentation by Christy Miller, recipient of the 10th Woody Guthrie Fellowship, regarding Guthrie’s involvement in two radio programs that aired on during World War II: “The Martians and the Coys” and “The Chisholm Trail.”
On July 6, the center will welcome folk performer John McCutcheon.