As of January 13, 2021, the Sapulpa Historical Museum will be closed to the public until Thursday, February 4th, 2021. We will return February 4th, 10 AM - 3 PM, and continue to have business hours Thursdays - Saturdays 10 AM - 3 PM, starting February 4th.
We have been closed due to COVID-19, and we want everyone in staff, volunteers, and visitors safe. We wish to apologize for the long delay for our responses for Research Requests, donation inquiries, Mini-Storage business, and any other inconvenience due to being closed. We had to put a few projects on hold, such as the Then-and-Now blogs, Instagram, and Facebook posts. We apologize for the small break we had to take, but we will be continue working for you.
Any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Email: Mike Jeffries, Museum Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Email: Rachel Whitney, Collections Manager (email@example.com)
What Have We Been Up To This Month?
We have added the travel exhibit "Votes for Women" to our displays when it arrived November 4th. It will be available to tour until we close for the Winter Break (now until December 19th). Come check it out soon!
In addition, we may be closed during the holiday season, but we wanted to share our holiday cheer! We had picked a 1920s theme this year. Unfortunately, we will not be having our Open House to celebrate the history of the 1920s, but we still had a great time decorating for the season!
Then and Now Images of Sapulpa:
Did You Know...?
The Euchee football team beat Nuyaka football team 129-to-0. This was for 110-lbs-and-under team. The Euchee boys were better organized, trained, and faster; even though the Nuyaka team was at least 4 lbs heavier on average. (Sapulpa Herald, November 23, 1914)
Artifact of the Month:
Election time is upon us. Here is a representative coin for John Frank, 1962.
"Representative, honest, capable, fair John Frank 1962" and embossed face with the lettering on the front.
"Oklahoma's deserve outstanding leadership for statesman" embossed lettering and outline of Oklahoma state on the back.
What Have We Been Up to This Month...
The museum is getting ready for the holiday seasons! We have projects we are currently working on, and some we can even show you. For instance,
Tourism has picked up due to the Oklahoma Passport. Thank you, passport users! You can pick up one free, here at the museum.
The furthest tourists are from:
Then and Now Images of Sapulpa:
Do you know where this is located?
Answer: located at 26 E Dewey
Did You Know...
The Booker T. Washington High School football team played its first night game at Holmes Field on Thursday, October 22nd, 1931. This was the first night game which an African-American team played at the Holmes park gridiron. (Sapulpa Herald, October 21, 22, 23, 1931)
Artifact(s) of the Month:
James Richard “Dick” Ruhl was born in Sapulpa in 1926. He want to Sapulpa High School, and graduated at age of 16 in 1943. He moved to Los Angeles after graduation, where he became an animator for Walt Disney Studios. He drew characters such as Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse during Disney’s famed “Golden Age” and retired in 1960.
What Have We Done This Month:
Would You Like to Be More Involved:
We are reaching out to find more volunteers who love Sapulpa, and want to share its history, not only to the community but to all visitors. The shifts are:
The furthest visitor outside of Sapulpa (for this month):
Sapulpa Historical Society has new blog series to be posted every Friday.
The new blog series, "Then and Now," has 4 segments to teach Creek County history.
First Friday's segment: 'Sapulpa Showcase' shares an artifact-of-the-month in the museum.
Second Friday's segment: 'Historical Highlight' tells a little tidbit about the town's history.
Third Friday's segment: 'Society Sights' shows a then-and-now image of a local business.
Fourth Friday's segment: 'Museum Moments' features life in the museum world.
Catch Sapulpa’s new blog series “Then and Now” every Friday right here !