PARTNERSHIP: Happy over the University of Tulsa and City of Tulsa Gilcrease Museum agreement are, from left, Director of Gilcrease Museum Dr. Duane King, Mayor of Tulsa Kathy Taylor and TU President Steadman Upham.
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The University of Tulsa and the City of Tulsa celebrated their partnership regarding the management of the Gilcrease Museum’s operations on July 1. Speaking at the event were Director of Gilcrease Museum Dr. Duane King, Mayor of Tulsa Kathy Taylor and TU President Steadman Upham.
The City of Tulsa and The University of Tulsa have entered into a historic partnership to preserve and advance Gilcrease Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of art and artifacts from the American West.
In its new role as steward of Gilcrease Museum and its collections, TU will both streamline museum operations and leverage its nationally recognized academic expertise in western American history, art history, anthropology, and archaeology to propel Gilcrease into a new era.
In conjunction with the partnership, Gilcrease also is commemorating the exhibition opening for the newest addition to its permanent collection, 101 Ranch: The Real Wild West. The 101 Ranch collection at Gilcrease contains more than 3,000 items showcasing the massive Oklahoma cattle operation near Ponca City that earned international acclaim for its traveling Wild West show during the early 20th century.
In connection with the opening of the 101 Ranch exhibition, Gilcrease provided free tours, Western music, storytelling, children’s crafts, refreshments and free admission to all attendees.