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 (email@example.com)
Email: Rachel Whitney, Collections Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Did You Know...
Charles Oaks, owner and manager of the Coca Cola bottling plant, had recently installed $10,000 (approx. $180,000 in today's amount) of new machinery. The plant was producing 125 cases a day with the capacity of producing 700 cases a day. Mr. Oaks had come to Sapulpa in 1911 but sold in 1917. He repurchased the plant again in 1927. The plant was located at 11 West Bryan. (Sapulpa Herald, January 3, 1928)
Artifact of the month:
A limited edition commemorative belt buckle from Sapulpa Trolley and Rail during the town's centennial anniversary (1898-1998).
What Happened This Month:
Although the museum was quiet with a few tours, we had a celebration for our very own Collections Manager. Rachel Whitney graduated from The University of Oklahoma with her Master of Arts Degree for Museum Studies in December 2020. She had received her Bachelor of Arts for Museum Studies from University of Central Oklahoma in May 2015. She applied to join our museum, not even a week after her 2015 graduation, and we hired her that month. 2020 was a struggle of a year, but we ended the year with a celebration - Congrats, Rachel Whitney!
Then and Now Images of Sapulpa:
Did you know...
Five additions were annexed into the city. The additions annexed were Sapulpa View Addition, Beard Addition, Westport Addition, Bartlett Addition, and Tiger Addition. City Engineer Whittlesey estimated that 2,000 people lived in these additions. (Sapulpa Herald, December 29, 1920)
Artifact of the Month:
Wickham Packing Company not only stored meat, but stored lard in their tin buckets, such as this one. (Approx. 1970s)
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)
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 !