Thomas Gilcrease learned to love the American West as a boy growing up in the Oklahoma Territory during the early 1900s, but it took a trip to Europe to ignite his passion for preserving and sharing the region's distinctive culture and history. Inspired by the vast displays of Old World artwork he viewed during his overseas travels, he used the wealth he amassed in Oklahoma's oil fields to assemble an immense collection of art and artifacts. This collection found its current home in 1949 when Gilcrease founded what would become the Gilcrease Museum.
The museum's exhibit halls, library shelves, and refrigerator doors brim with historically and culturally significant pieces, including more than 10,000 Western American artworks by nationally renowned painters and sculptors, 100,000 rare books, maps, and manuscripts, and 250,000 Native American artifacts. Although exhibits change throughout the year, they tend to explore the impact of westward expansion while also celebrating the region's natural beauty and honoring its roots in Native American culture.
Beyond its walls, the Gilcrease Museum features 23 acres of themed gardens, which embrace landscaping design and agricultural practices from the pre-Columbian, Colonial, and Victorian eras, among others. These gardens allow visitors to interact with displays that are simultaneously historical and alive, serving as a symbolic reminder of western America's cultural growth and development.
Twin sisters Kathy and Karen caught the photography bug as children during family vacations, where they began capturing new sights on film to treasure for all time. Their passion continues to this day, and now they snap images during shoots for families, kids, and couples. With an emphasis on fine-art photography, Kathy and Karen use traditional techniques to craft in-studio shoots with classic backgrounds and props such as tricycles, balloons, and flowers. They can also master natural light for on-location shoots of high-school seniors and other subjects.
Since 2007, the Robots-4-U team has been teaching kids a program of STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Kids absorb skills and knowledge through entertaining interactions with instructors, other campers, and robot kits. The camp maintains a 16:1 student to instructor ratio, ensuring kids receive the proper amount of individual attention. Campers build robot kits comprising a brain unit and sensory appendages, which replicate seeing, hearing, touching and reading minds. Once the bots are assembled, kids enter their creations into racing, dancing, and battle-bot challenges.
The historic Kennedy Mansion was built in 1925 and is just two minutes from downtown Tulsa, yet it conveys the relaxing ambience of the countryside. Today's deal will nestle you in either the Gilcrease or Osage room. Both rooms feature a queen-sized bed, large windows overlooking scenic terraces, a spacious bathroom with authentic features, and a surplus of other admirable amenities. As you explore the many surrounding attractions of downtown Tulsa, you and your significant other can think about where, when, what, and why you want to eat your complimentary gourmet breakfast for two the next morning, courtesy of French chef Françoise. Until then, top off a romantic evening (and distract your paramour from the fact that they're missing an all-new episode of The Ghost Whisperer) by popping a bottle of bubbly, feeding each other strawberries and chocolate, and sensuously filling out each other's census form.
We offer all of the traditional BBQ items but we "hang our hat" on our ribs. I am told, though, that the Catfish is 2nd to none. We are a family run/family oriented business. All of the food is prepared on site with the utmost love and care. We offer Pepsi Soft Drink products and cold beer. Come by and visit us.
Nearly 90 years of history have boogied across the spring-loaded maple dance floor at Cain's Ballroom. Once known as the Carnegie Hall of western swing, the ballroom played a key part in the boot-stomping genre’s history as the one-time home of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, who used the neon-lit space to host raucous dances, broadcast a radio show, and do their laundry in the bathroom. Still a landmark of Tulsa’s music scene, the ballroom retains much of its original charm, from the barrel-vaulted ceiling to the oversize portraits of past stars to the fiddle-shaped light fixtures.