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Tulsa Featured on C-SPAN

Ted talks architecture and oil barons.

Tulsa will be the featured city this weekend on C-SPAN’s Book TV and American History TV programs.

Area authors will be featured along with historical tidbits from Tulsa’s past. There’s even an appearance from our tour guide extraordinaire, Ted Reeds!

The programming will air April 5-6, 2015 on C-SPAN2 (Cox Channel 281) and C-SPAN3 (Cox Channel 282). Here’s some of the historical content on the schedule:

  • Visit the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art. Tulsa oilman Thomas Gilcrease amassed the nation’s most comprehensive collection of art of the American West, as well as many historical documents and artifacts.  Virtually every item in the museum’s more than 400,000-piece collection relates to the discovery, expansion, and settlement of North America, with special emphasis on the Western Frontier and American Indian material.
  •  Learn about Tulsa’s Native American history through the Perryman family, one of many families who were relocated to Oklahoma Indian Territory in the 1800s.  Tour the Perryman Ranch with Perryman descendent Robert Trepp as he discusses the family’s Creek land allotment.
  • Hear about the “Father of Route 66”, Cyrus AveryTravel the route alongside Michael Wallis, author of “Route 66: The Mother Road”, to learn how Tulsa native Avery’s vision became an American icon.
  • Visit the historic Greenwood District. Dubbed America’s “Black Wall Street” by Booker T. Washington, the Greenwood District became a prosperous center for black commerce in the early 1900s.  In 1921, a conflict between blacks and whites led to the destruction of much of the Greenwood area.  Learn how Tulsa’s African American community overcame the race riots to rebuild their community.
  • Learn about Tulsa’s history as an oil boomtown and the effect this had on the physical landscape.  Many of Tulsa’s oil businessmen used their wealth to build elaborate Art Deco structures in the city’s downtown.  Visit some of these prominent buildings, including the Sinclair Building, the Philtower, and Philcade.

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UPDATE: 4/7/2015 

Watch the video clip Tulsa Oil & Architecture