New Exhibit Shows Earliest Days

REPEATING THE PAST: “Becoming Tulsa: Cultivating City Life from a Cattle Town, 1878-1900” is an exhibit being showcased in Tulsa. Many items that have rarely been seen fill the rooms of Travis Mansion and reveal what it might have been like to live in the earliest days of the city.

Courtesy Tulsa Historical Society

Who really invented Tulsa? Find out as the Tulsa Historical Society presents “Becoming Tulsa: Cultivating City Life from a Cattle Town, 1878-1900.” The exhibit includes hundreds of photographs, many rarely seen, and artifacts of the first Tulsans working and enjoying life in what was then a cow town.

Through supersized photography visitors will be able to walk down an early day street. And a special 3-foot by 4-foot touch screen will allow them to view, enlarge and interact with many additional images. “We talk about how the city formed; the groups who came together, the industries, the railroads, because Tulsa was a loading point for cattle,” says Maggie Brown, director of exhibits. “That all brought more people, so we show how business developed and people formed cultural institutions.”

Visitors can also learn more about Tulsa’s founders, including well-known names such as Perryman, Hall, Archer, Lynch and Brady. The exhibit was prompted in part by public interest and by new donations to the historical society, Brown says.

The exhibit runs until Feb. 1, 2012, in the Lawson Exhibit Hall. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for those 65 plus, with continuing free admission for students and children under age 12. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The historical society is located at 2445 S. Peoria Ave. in the historic Travis Mansion. For additional information, call 918-712-9484, or visit

Updated 05-23-2011

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