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Bob Dunn of Beggs, Oklahoma

Source: Tulsa World, June 1, 2003; p.H2. 

Oklahoma Geological Survey Observatory, Number One Observatory Lane, POB 8, Leonard, OK 74043.
Phone: (918) 366-4152
Toll-Free: (800) 330-3996
Fax: (918) 366-4156
Website includes Oklahoma earthquake maps, catalogs, seismograms and spectrograms, a catalog of worldwide nuclear tests, a form to use to report an earthquake in Oklahoma or surrounding states, and links to seismic sites.
Tours (about 90 minutes + travel time to Leonard) are available for schools and other groups. Reservations required by phone or e-mail.

Source: Oklahoma Geological Survey at Leonard.

Jennifer Jones for "The Song of Bernadette" in 1943.

Source: Tulsa World, June 1, 2003; p.H2. 

Elvis Presley

Source: Tulsa World, June 1, 2003; p.H2 

Robert Preston and Susan Hayward

Source: Tulsa World, June 1, 2003; p.H2. 

In 2003, Tulsa County voters approved a $535 million Vision 2025 improvements package that included $183 million to construct and arena and renovate the convention center. $141 million went to the arena and $42 million for the convention center.
The arena is bounded by First and Third Streets and Denver and Frisco Avenues. The tallest point of the structure will stand at 165 feet above the plaza level. In addition, the area will have about 530,000 square feet of gross heated space and about 56,000 square feet of gross non-heated space.
Famed architect Cesar Pelli and his firm, Cesar Pelli & Associates, designed this modern, swirling structure.
The new arena is called the BOK Center, and the Bank of Oklahoma will pay a total of $11 million in cash over the next 20 years for the naming rights to the 18,041-seat facility that opened in September 2008.
Source: Tulsa World, February 22, 2008; p. A9; Tulsa World, Oct. 28, 2005; p. A1; Tulsa World, June 3, 2005; p. A12; Tulsa World, Dec. 3, 2005; p. E1. 

James L. Henkle, associate professor of the school of art at the University of Oklahoma designed the screen on commission from the Tulsa Historical Society.  In the center of the screen is a stylized turtle, made of oxidized copper.  Surrounding it, in braised brass, polished brass and copper, are flame forms representing the sacred fire of the Creek Indians, Tulsa’s first citizens.  The screen weighs more than 500 pounds and is currently located on the second floor of the Central Library.
The bronze plaque mounted on the oak leaves of the screen was originally placed on the Council Oak Tree (18 Street and South Cheyenne Avenue) by the Tulsa D.A.R. chapter in 1923.  In 1965 the plaque was given to the Tulsa Historical Society for fear of it being vandalized.    On July 1, 1965, the plaque and “Place of the Turtles” screen was dedicated on the 3rd floor of the Central Library to identify the then  location of the Tulsa County Historical Society headquarters and archives.

Source: Tulsa World, May 1, 1965; p. 1; Tulsa County Historical Society Dedicatory Program, July 1, 1965.

In May 2013, the American Indian Resource Center moved from Central Library to Zarrow Regional Library (2224 W. 54th ST, Tulsa). Central Library closed in August 2013 for a two-year major renovation. In March 2014 the ‘Place of the Turtles’ screen was erected at Zarrow Regional Library. The American Indian Resource Center and its Turtle screen will remain at Zarrow Regional Library.

“Twenty –first at Riverside”, the city’s first inner urban mural, was designed by Herb Robb, an artist of the Chilton Group.  Located on the 4th Floor of the Central Library in the Research Center, the design is in the form of a mosaic, with 38,400 squares that form the bridge and its surroundings.    Macs Abney volunteered to apply paint to each square – a task that took about eight months working nights and weekends – after his regular job which was painting outdoor signs.  The mural was first introduced at a public viewing at 4pm on Tuesday, March 3, 1981.  Contributors included: Ed Sutherland, Don-Rey Outdoor Advertising Company and Ben Floyd, Fourth National Bank.

Source: Tulsa World, February 27, 1981.

“Blue Lift 1999” was designed by Tulsa artist Linda Allen.  Created on the north wall adjacent to the ground-level, south elevator, the mosaic is made up of tesserea, a blue, Italian glass tile.  Allen received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in art from the University of Tulsa, and she began her career in ceramics and clay in 1981.  Allen, who was assisted by her daughter-in-law, Katheryn Allen, also created mosaics for the Mayo Demonstration School, Woodland Hills Mall, Tulsa Community College – West Campus, Utica Plaza Building, the Tulsa Zoo, and the Littlefield Office Building.

Source: Tulsa World, December 15, 1999, Midtown Tulsa Zone section, page 1.

Library supporters and a few distinguished guests dedicated NatureWork's wild turkeys monument which was placed near Central Library's Plaza Entrance at 5th and Denver. NatureWorks, a Tulsa-based group, provided funding for this project and dedicated the monument in honor of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The large bronze sculpture - named "Rio Grande Turkeys" and sculpted by Montana artist Ron Lowery - depicts three wild turkeys moving together through tall grass. The monument was dedicated on May 7, 2009, and the cost was roughly $45,000, plus another $8,000 for the work to erect the statue.
Source Library Staff; "Bear sightings getting closer", TW, 5/19/09, p.B3. 

Sankofa is a word from the Akan language which is spoken in southern Ghana. Literally translated, Sankofa means: "We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today."
2006 - Michael Eric Dyson
2008 - Nikki Giovanni
2010 - Pearl Cleage
2012 - Hill Harper

Source Library Staff 

2001 - Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek)
2003 - Vine Deloria, Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux)
2005 - Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Peublo)
2007 - Carter Revard (Osage)
2009 - No Award Bestowed
2011 - LeAnne Howe (Choctaw)
2013 - Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek)

Source: Library Staff 

2004 - Charles Chibitty
2006 - Wilma Mankiller
2008 - Neal McCaleb
2010 - Billy Mills
2012 - Kirke Kickingbird

Source: Library Staff