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The first quarter of 2017 for the Oklahoma Hall of Fame has been one for the record books and the second quarter looks to be just as strong. Our See You Saturday program has been very well received. From a Conversation Series on a range of topics, including African-American and National Women’s History months, to crafts and activities for guests of all ages, the Gaylord-Pickens Museum is becoming a destination for families the second Saturday of each month. Mark your calendars and join us. On March 24th, more than 120 runners participated in the Oklahoma Teen Board’s 6th Annual Oklahoma Land Run. Starting and ending at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, this event is organized and executed entirely by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s Teen Board and has become a favorite for runners. Through its 10K, 5K and one-mile fun run, the Teen Board has raised more than $150,000 for education programming since its inception and is the largest funder of our FREE Field Trip Program. Earlier in March students from throughout the state participated in the Oklahoma Scholarship Competition to


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Our museum staff is staying busy as we continue to host families for story time and crafts with Third Thursday and classrooms from throughout the state are taking advantage of our FREE Field Trip Program. Cowboys & Indians, the works of Oklahoma Hall of Famers Harold T. “H” Holden and Mike Larsen, will be on display in the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery through August 26. In conjunction with the show’s opening, Don’t Never Be Afraid of Your Horses: Looking Back by Mike Larsen was released, the latest title in our publishing program. Speaking of our publishing program, earlier this month our first historical fiction book, Dust Storm, received the 2017 Oklahoma Book Award in the children’s category. In June, Picture Yourself will launch three new interactive exhibits—slam, dunk, surgery and medicine, and addressing the people. The first phase of the Museum’s exhibit renovations, Picture Yourself opened in the fall of 2016 and has quickly become one of the favorite spots for visitors of all ages. The second phase is underway and scheduled to open in August 2017. Through phase two both the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gallery and the Chesapeake Oklahoma







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Edna Mae and Harold T. “H” Holden with Mike and Martha Larsen.



Artists Harold T. “H” Holden and Mike Larsen received Oklahoma’s highest honor, induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Both are sculptors and painters. Both have battled life-threatening illnesses. The work of each has been featured on a stamp of the U. S. Postal Service. And, both have used their talents to celebrate and preserve our rich history and heritage. 3

He then began his career in the commercial art field, eventually becoming art director at Horseman Magazine. A completely self-taught sculptor, it was during this time that he began his fine art career at night, painting and sculpting his first love, the West. After a tour of duty with the Navy during Vietnam, he ventured out on his own as a professional fine artist. Known for his attention to detail and believing an artist should know his subject matter well, he spends much of his leisure time staying close to the cowboy way of life. In 1987, he was chosen to sculpt a series of commemorative bronzes to depict the 165-year history of the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma and Kansas and completed his first of many monuments, “Boomer” for the city of Enid. “Boomer” later was used on an U. S. Postal stamp and has become the symbol of the Cherokee Strip. Since that first monument, H has completed more than 20 additional sculptures, including “Will Rogers” at the Will Rogers World Airport, “We Will Remember” at Oklahoma State University, and “Headin’ to Market” at the Oklahoma City Stockyards.

HAROLD T. "H" HOLDEN Harold T. Holden, or “H” as he is called by most folks, was born in Enid, Oklahoma. Although the first professional fine artist in the family, he comes from a family of creative and talented inventors and engineers. He graduated from Enid High School, where he played football and ran track before enrolling at Oklahoma State University. In 1959, while working in Houston, Texas, a chance meeting with an instructor at the Texas Academy of Art resulted in H’s enrollment and subsequent art degree.


Following the diagnosis of a fatal lung disease in early 2010, H closed his studio and got his affairs in order. In July of that same year, he received a lifesaving single lung transplant at the Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute in Oklahoma City. In gratitude, castings of his 6’ monument “Thank You Lord” grace the garden at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid and outside the emergency room of the Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute. H has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Sculpture Society, Governor’s Arts Award, has been inducted into the Mountain Oyster Club as a Lifetime Member, and was named a Distinguished Alumni by Oklahoma State University. Holden is the first Oklahoma artist, and only the tenth artist ever, to be inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Arts Student League in New York City. His career began at street fairs and rapidly progressed to nationally known festivals. For more than 20 years, he has been represented by galleries throughout the United States. In addition to teaching art and opening a studio, he cofounded the 23rd Street handcrafts co-op in Oklahoma City. Most of his time today consists of creating paintings and sculpture commissioned by governments, corporations, and individuals. His love for painting and sculpting dancing figures began when he was commissioned by the State of Oklahoma to paint a 22-foot long mural for the State Capitol Rotunda of Oklahoma’s five Indian prima ballerinas. “Flight of Spirit” was dedicated on November 17, 1991. He has been honored to paint several series of murals for institutions throughout the state of Oklahoma, portraying the history of the state he calls home. Added to his recognition was being chosen by the United States Postal Service to create the Oklahoma Centennial Stamp.

Cowboys & Indians MIKE LARSEN Born of Chickasaw heritage, Mike Larsen grew up in farming communities in Oklahoma and Texas. He is a student of history, immersing himself in the past events of the subjects he paints and sculpts. Larsen knew early on what he wanted to do with his life and for more than 40 years has been recognized as one of the most admired and respected professional fine artists. Larsen studied traditional art disciplines, beginning his training at Amarillo Junior College, continuing at the University of Houston, and concluding at the prestigious

An exhibit featuring the work of Harold T. “H” Holden and Mike Larsen will be on display in the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery of the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, through August 26, 2017.


“Glass Horse” by Mike Larsen.

“Altitude and Attitude” by Harold T “H” Holden.

Q & A WITH THE ARTISTS Have you always wanted to be an artist? What was your dream job? HOLDEN: I think so, I have done drawings of cowboys and Indians in my school books when I was young. Yes, being an artist is my dream job. It all stems around Russell and Remington and a cowboy artist is what I want to be. I think it was back in 1970, I tried to get into the “Cowboy Artists of America” and never got in until about 5 years ago. It would have been better if I was young! My wife, Edna Mae is very supportive. We live north of Enid, about 10 miles, on 60 acres. I have loved raising horses, cattle, and a couple steers and now everything’s getting old, including me.

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LARSEN: I’ve always wanted to be an artist, it is all I’ve ever done. It’s all I’ve ever done. Obviously, when I was just getting started I had part-time jobs all the time. But, I think that is pretty common. My family is very encouraging of my art career. My wife, Martha is always encouraging me and my work, as this is our livelihood. We are really lucky, we live a couple miles east of Perkins on a little piece of land out here. We built our house and my studio out here in the country. Martha’s always handy and willing to help. I always get her opinion when I finish a piece of work, but most often when I start a piece of work. She and I are quite a bit alike, we think the same way. It is a pleasure to have someone so close that I can talk to about my artwork.

“Black Leggings” by Mike Larsen.

“Boomer” by Harold T. “H” Holden.

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How did your artistic process develop into what it is today? HOLDEN: Going to school and then drawing, drawing, drawing. It is the basis for everything, the drawing. I did some commercial art back in the late 1960s early 1970s when I worked for a horse magazine in Houston, Texas. I went out on my own in 1973 and moved back home, and just took my chances on an art career. Back then, I did drawing commercially and did cowboy and western art on the side. I figured I could do it on my own, so I took a chance. I went out on my own. LARSEN: I went to two or three different colleges back in the late 60s and early 70s. I went to Amarillo Junior College because my grades were so bad. I went to the University of Houston for a year. I went down there because there was a sculptor who would be there for a semester, who was from Washington D.C. Unfortunately, I don’t remember his name. But, he was world-renowned, and I went there to study with him. That semester I spent in that instructor’s class directly, to a large degree, is how I learned how to I paint today. He really got us to study the renowned artists, such as Michelangelo and Left: “Brushpopper” by Harold T. “H” Holden. Below: “The Raven” by Mike Larsen.


“Cherokee Kid” by Harold T. “H” Holden.

Rodin. His style of sculpting was very much like Rodin. He made the hands on his people a touch too large in the same way Michelangelo and Rodin do. Specifically, the sculpture of "David" by Michelangelo. Well, the hands on that sculpture are a tad too large. If the hands were the right size, the sculpture piece would have been diminished in power. That is a part of my sculpture, larger hands. It is in my sculptures and paintings. To a large degree, the hands in my people are typically a fraction too large than they should be. It produces an immediate feeling of dimension when you enlarge the hands. My mother worked really hard all of her life and she had large hands. I lived with my grandparents when I was little in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. And I remember my grandad, he was not a very tall man, and he had really big hands because he worked so hard, he was a sharecropper.

“Chief Joseph” by Mike Larsen.


“No Weather Permitting” by Harold T. “H” Holden.

What influences you in your art practice? HOLDEN: Living the life I live as close to a Cowboy is what inspires me the most. We still get out and live a little. But now I’m too busy getting my back worked on. My wife Edna Mae used to rope with me. I would go up in the Osage and rope calves on the weekend, and she eventually invited herself. She ended up liking it more than I did.


“Red Lodge” by Mike Larsen.

LARSEN: I am heavily influenced by sunrises and sunsets. I did the Centennial stamp. That came about because Martha and I moved to Perkins. If you live in the city, you don’t really see the sunrise because of the buildings and trees. So, then we moved out to the country, and built this house and our front porch faces east, so Martha and I drink our coffee on the front porch and watch the sunrise. And so I started painting sunrises. In the evening, our back porch faces the west and we watch the sunsets. And so, I started painting lots of skyscapes. And I still do. It is a big part of what I do. The interesting thing is, that I had done several skyscapes and I leaned several of them up against the wall. Martha came over to the studio and she said, “I want to put these on our website” and so she did. That very same day the postage department pulled up my website. The Centennial stamp is a sunrise painting I did overlooking the Cimarron River, which is just one mile from our house. Timing is everything.

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What do you think of the Oklahoma art scene? HOLDEN: As an artist, it was slow when I first started the Oklahoma art scene. After the first oil boom, around the late 70s or 80s the art scene started picking up real big. That seemed to influence the buyers. The first show in the Prix de West in 1995 I sold 13 sculptures. I’m lucky to sell one now. They have over 100 artists in their show, and it was only maybe 30 when I started. Hopefully, we can shake up some people with this show. LARSEN: I think a lot of it, obviously. I know many artists who live here or are from here. We were fortunate to become friends with Allan Houser before he moved out to New Mexico. We also met Willard Stone, and before he died, I was able to become really good friends with him. And one of my very best friends in the entire world has been Yvonne Choteau. And luckily we were able to spend many, many years with her before she passed on. I did that large mural out at the State Capitol and we were able to start spending a lot of time with Yvonne. She was largely my inspiration with how the mural turned out. I completed that mural in 1991 or 1992. It has a great market here. Our best clientele is

“Jackpot” by Harold T. “H” Holden.

“Range Doctors” by Harold T. “H” Holden.


“The Code Talkers” by Mike Larsen. “The Arrival” by Mike Larsen.

in Oklahoma. I sell across the country, but the people most interested in my work are here. Luckily, we are able to spend a lot of time with them. We have a lot of good artists here. A long time ago, before Martha and I got married, I was doing a lot of art festivals outdoors. At that time, I was traveling around in New Mexico and around. Interestingly enough, when at those shows out of state, the winners were invariably from Oklahoma. And you would know all of these artists if I were to name them off, but I’ve always found that interesting. I think that is due to the quality of the people and the art here in Oklahoma.

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How does living in Oklahoma inspire your artwork? HOLDEN: I like the sunsets, there are many places that are beautiful in Oklahoma. They have great ranches. It is where I was born and raised. I’ve had this little piece of land from my grandparents, and everyone’s since passed on. LARSEN: Oh, the people. Before we moved out here to Perkins, Martha and I were determined to move to the country. All of our kids were gone to college. So we decided to find our place in the country. We went out to look at Taos, where real artists live, ya’ know….I was kidding. I went over to Wyoming and south central Colorado. But we were driving home from Colorado, and we were in Kansas driving home and Martha looked at me and said, “What are we doing? We need to stay here in Oklahoma.” And so we did. Mainly, because of the people. “Will Rogers, Oklahoma’s Native Son” by Harold T. “H” Holden. “Rope for Hire” by Harold T. “H” Holden.


“The Dance” by Mike Larsen. “Mike and The Chickasaws” by Mike Larsen.

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“Sodbuster” by Harold T. “H” Holden.

What drives you to continue making work? HOLDEN: It is my living. Once I get an idea of what I want to do, I get it in my mind and I’ve just got to carry it out. I did a lot more work when I was younger. It is slower when you get old. I try to do something better in any piece. It is hard when you paint and sculpt, for me. For a lot of years I did a lot of monument work, and when I pick up the paintbrush again, I have to learn to paint again. I love to paint, but I’m still trying to learn.


“Beautiful Dove” by Mike Larsen.

I look back at some of them and think that they may be pretty bad. LARSEN: Jeepers. Well, you could call it an obsession I guess. Painting is my life, and it always has been. Luckily, I have Martha to share it with. If I couldn’t paint I’d just be lost. I am capable of doing other things I think, but producing art is extremely fulfilling.

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he first official day of fall is always observed in late September. But to know and love Oklahoma is to embrace her unpredictability, which is the only constant. By the first day of fall in eastern Oklahoma, lush green leaves have hugged the trees blanketing the hilly landscape since at least March. In their strong and stubborn ways, much like the people of this part of the state, the leaves hang on for what seems like dear life, enduring the sweltering heat of the Oklahoma summer which tends to drag well into September and beyond. But never mind the calendar. Even with the fickleness of the weather, October is typically the turning point between the seasons in this part of the state.

Echo Garvin Rider was born in October 1919 on her father’s original Dawes Commission-era Cherokee allotment in the Sequoyah County community of Miller Ridge. Courtesy Echo Garvin Rider.

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Echo Garvin Rider, bottom, as a teenager with her cousin sunbathing on the river. Courtesy Echo Garvin Rider.

In 1942 to support the war effort, Echo Garvin Rider, right, worked in the Boeing Aircraft factory in Wichita, Kansas. Courtesy Echo Garvin Rider.

Deep in Sequoyah County, October can bring a stark contrast in just a matter of hours. One may go to bed under what feels like a balmy summer night, only to wake up the next morning to a cold snap that feels almost physically jolting. The leaves have begun to turn yellow, gold and brown, and some have even resigned themselves to covering the floor of the wooded areas they once shaded. And some will stubbornly hang on, because they seem to never give up. Then suddenly, Sequoyah County is thrust into fall and there is no turning back. There is only acceptance of what is, and the willingness to do what’s necessary to prepare for what’s next. In many ways, this could be a metaphor for 97-year-old Echo Garvin Rider’s life. Born in October 1919 on her father’s original Dawes Commission-era Cherokee allotment in the community of Miller Ridge in Sequoyah County, Echo’s life has been one of vitality, service, and tenacity. Her father, John Franklin Garvin, a Cherokee born in Indian Territory in 1889, and her mother, Claudia, were fans of early film. They visited the local cinema weekly and were particularly taken by a western adventure film serial titled “Hands Up!” The heroine in the films was named Echo Delane. She was played by silent film star Ruth

Echo Garvin Rider grew up on her family’s Cherokee land, raising cattle and helping her mother and siblings on the ranch. Courtesy Echo Garvin Rider.

Roland. Echo Delane was Ruth Roland’s breakout role and provided inspiration for the Garvins, who were expecting a child at the time. Claudia Garvin took to the unique moniker and named their daughter “Echo,” after Roland’s character. Unfortunately, Echo would never meet her father, from whom she’d inherited so many traits. John Franklin Garvin was killed by lightning on their family’s ranch before Echo was even born.

Echo Garvin Rider, standing right, was teaching at Brushy School when war was declared. Courtesy Echo Garvin Rider.


Echo spent her youth on her family’s Cherokee land, raising cattle and helping her mother and siblings on the ranch. She was keenly smart and strikingly beautiful by any standard. She attended Connors State Agricultural College where she was named “Football Queen” her sophomore year. Her smarts and work ethic were even more impressive than her beauty, and Echo became a teacher in her native Sequoyah County by age 20. But by that year, 1939, the country and the entire world were on edge. Nazi Germany had just invaded Poland, and there were subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France and the United Kingdom. By 1941, the United States was pushed into World War II by the attack on Pearl Harbor. In that instant, the world changed for every American and set Echo’s life on a trajectory that would enthrall and inspire generations of young women after her. A worldwide military effort meant most young American males would enlist in the military. At the same time, that meant many factories that produced aviation materials and munitions would be left shorthanded of workers. That unique set of circumstances created the need to recruit women on the home front to support the war effort in factories and shipyards across the country. Then came one of the most successful workforce recruitment campaigns in American history: Rosie the Riveter. “I was teaching school at Brushy (Oklahoma) when they declared the war,” Echo said. “I resigned my teaching position and went to Wichita to work in the factory up there at Boeing. There was a recruiter up there getting people to work for the war, so that’s when I signed up.” Then and there, Echo Garvin became part of a lasting legacy for the United States, an entire generation of women who left farms, classrooms, and small towns all across America to put country above self. Images of the red bandanaclad “Rosie” flexing her forearm were

“Rosie the Riveter” became the iconic image of the campaign that stressed the need for patriotic women to enter the workforce during World War II.

splashed all over movies, newspapers, magazines, and recruitment posters, strongly encouraging women to perform their patriotic duty by entering the workforce, many working outside the home for the first time ever. The posters proclaimed to women all over the

United States “We can do it!” Although the “Rosie the Riveter” campaign was primarily aimed at filling munitions positions, the aviation industry saw the greatest increase in female workers. This was exactly the kind of hard work Echo Garvin was cut out for and what her


By the end of World War II, one in four married women had joined the workforce in support of the war effort.


rugged upbringing on Miller Ridge in Sequoyah County had prepared her for. “I went to Boeing and worked there as a painter. That’s where I learned to spray paint. I painted the stars on the wings of the airplane. We had a pattern, a tin plate, and spray paint. We worked eight hours. I usually worked a swing shift, which would begin around two o’clock in the afternoon and lasted eight hours. In the paint department, there were several women, but no spray painters. I was the only woman spray painter.”

Women also worked in the shipyards. Eastine Cowner, a former waitress, performed her role as a scaler in the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, California, to construct the Liberty Ship SS George Washington Carver. Courtesy the Library of Congress.

An unprecedented number of American women entered the workforce during World War II. According to The History Channel, more than 310,000 women worked in the U.S. aviation industry in 1943, making up 65 percent of the industry’s total workforce. That was compared to only about 1 percent in the years prior to World War II. The percentage of female workers in the United States workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent between 1940 and 1945, and by 1945 nearly one in four married women worked outside the home. Echo wouldn’t stay in Wichita though. The teacher-turned-aircraft painter

A collection of Echo Garvin Rider’s paystubs while working at the Moore Dry Dock in Oakland, California. Courtesy Echo Garvin Rider.

would eventually join her brother in California, but continued her patriotic duty to advance the war effort. The rest of her family would join them as well. “While I was at Wichita, my brother Emmet was in California. He was working at Moore Dry Dock. I went there and applied for work and got hired as a painter. We worked there, and later we looked for housing. So I bought a house for $150 down and $50 a month, a brand-new house. My brother and his family, my mom, and my sister came out there, and that’s where we lived until I transferred to Richmond (California) to the Kaiser Shipyard.”

Odie May Embry was one of the roughly 1,000 African-American women who worked in the Kaiser Shipyards on the SS George Washington Carver. She was responsible for manning the emergency switch to protect track workers as a huge crane swung overhead. Courtesy the Library of Congress.

The California Office of Historic Preservation says the Richmond Shipyards District once covered 880 acres in the northern San Francisco Bay area. During World War II, they were the largest shipyards in the world. Between 1941 and 1943, the Richmond Shipyards hired 90,000 people, many of them women and African Americans from the rural South. During the wartime period, those workers built a total of 747 ships, nearly a quarter of all U.S. production, and at a record pace.

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More than 300,000 women, making up 65% of the workforce, worked in the aircraft industry. Their duties included assembling wing sections, painting planes, and building fuselages.


Echo Garvin Rider’s identification photo while working at Boeing Aircraft during World War II. Courtesy Echo Garvin Rider.

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Echo Garvin Rider: Rosie the Cherokee Riveter. Courtesy Echo Garvin Rider.

“Back then everybody sacrificed. We all worked, prayed, cried, laughed. We asked about our neighbors, the ones who were overseas and different places fighting for us at that time. We just had a job that we wanted to do, that we had to do to win the war. We just all helped each other. We were concerned about our other friends, loved ones, and neighbors; we were concerned about everyone. We cared for each other.” Echo would work in the Richmond Shipyards until the war ended. Late in the summer of 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allied forces, ending World War II. It was


Tom “Jimmy” Rider served in the United States Army from 1941 to 1946. Courtesy Echo Garvin Rider.

the deadliest human conflict in history. Estimates range from 50 million to 80 million killed worldwide, including combat deaths, prisoners of war, civilian casualties, and those who died due to war-related famine or disease. Celebrations of Victory over Japan Day, or V-J Day, swept the nation. “Everything closed except the emergency rooms. People went into the streets; they were in their cars, on foot. Everybody was shouting and hugging and kissing and hollering. Everything shut down. That was V-J Day.” Following the war, Echo returned

to Sequoyah County and her home on Miller Ridge, the land where she was born and where her father before her was born. She married Tom “Jimmy” Rider, also of Sequoyah County, who served in the Army from 1941 till 1946. They married in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1947. Echo resumed her career as an educator and principal in Roland and Sallisaw, Oklahoma, and educated scores of Sequoyah County families for more than 40 years. She and her husband also raised cattle on their ranch before entering the horse racing industry.

“When I married my husband after the war, we came back here and lived. We’ve had cattle ever since I was born. Then we got into horse breeding and horse racing. I used to run barrel races and go on trail rides with my husband. We rode our horses together here, and he was riding still at 89 years old.” Echo and her husband helped start Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, which was Oklahoma’s first pari-mutuel racetrack in Oklahoma. Although the work was enjoyable, it admittedly didn’t pay well to start. “We had match races and side betting. At the beginning, all of our pay was he would take us to the cafe and eat. We were all volunteers back then,” Echo recalled fondly. Echo’s husband passed away in 2010, but she still resides on the land her family has called home for more than 100 years. Cherokee history and proof of family ties are all around. Although her official address is now a numbered county road, the road itself is clearly marked “Rider Road” as visitors approach the house. Driving up to the ranch, a well-beaten path through the woods is apparent. Echo and her family say this was once part of the paths Cherokees walked in the 1830s when they were removed from their

original homelands in the Southeast and marched to present-day Oklahoma. Fast forward further into the history of their ranch, and Echo’s son Jason points out a gnarled old tree on the property, one he says cotton pickers would hang their loads on to weigh after a day’s harvest. Inside her home the walls are adorned with love as much as they are adorned with family photos, awards for her beloved race horses, and paintings by notable Native American artists like Enoch Kelly Haney. A view from the picture window gives a clear view of the pasture, where livestock graze, and any

Echo Garvin and Tom “Jimmy” Rider were married in 1947 and celebrated their Golden Anniversary 50 years later. Courtesy Echo Garvin Rider.

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Following World War II and her marriage to Tom “Jimmy” Rider, Echo returned to her career in education as principal in Roland and Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Courtesy Echo Garvin Rider.

In addition to raising cattle on their ranch in Sequoyah County, Echo and Tom Rider entered the horse racing industry and helped start Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw. Courtesy Echo Garvin Rider.

time a truck drives into the field, a ministampede happens as hungry cattle are ready for their next meal. Several friendly cattle-herding dogs lie nearby, and ducks and chickens are spread about the property, scratching the dirt and pecking at every bug or grub worm they see. Just like Echo’s beauty, grace, and wit, the scene is timeless. The pasture, the clear blue Oklahoma sky and the farm animals dotting the landscape could have very well looked the same to John Franklin Garvin more than a hundred years ago. What has changed and adapted appropriately for the times is Echo herself. At almost 100 years old, Echo Garvin


Rider remains a pillar of the community and is known for being sharp as a tack. She is active on social media and in community events and causes. Her photo was even featured on the nationally televised news-comedy show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” on TBS. The episode aired in November and featured photos of women born before suffrage who exercised their right to vote in 2016. Women like Echo are made from the land they are born unto. Just like those leaves that so stubbornly stick to the trees in the eastern Oklahoma fall, women like Echo endure and never give up. But as with every season, there comes

a time when change and adaptation is inevitable, and Echo flourishes in those moments as well. A woman who could have been a beauty queen if she desired instead became a teacher who instead became an aircraft painter who then worked in a shipyard to help build the brawn that liberated an entire continent. The land in Sequoyah County is as much a part of her as she is of it. And for that reason, even at age 97, Echo Garvin Rider will continue to endure whatever comes her way, and perhaps just as importantly, so will her legacy.

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Moscelyne Larkin Jasinski’s portrait upon induction to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1979.



he daughter of a young Russian dancer mother and Shawnee-Peoira Indian father, Moscelyne Larkin Jasinski was born in January, 1925 in Miami, Oklahoma. After her parents’ divorce, she moved to Tulsa with her mother who opened a dance studio. Larkin first studied ballet with her mother, Eva Matlagova Larkin. She was reluctant to being a dancer, however, her passion for ballet blossomed quickly as a young student. When speaking on her heritage, Larkin said, “I have a dual heritage—Mother was Russian and very excitable, and Daddy was Indian—he could be quiet like still water. Ballet gave me the freedom to express all of that.” Larkin showed tremendous talent early in her life and was sent to New York, where she studied under such greats as Mikihail Mordkin, Enzo Celli, and Ludmilla Shollar. One day, Mordkin stopped class to say to Larkin, “You’re a little fish now, but one day you’re going to grow up and be a big fish and you’re going to eat up all the other fish.” At fifteen, she auditioned and became a member of the original Ballet Russe, one of the most respected companies of the time. During this era, American ballet dancers were often given Russian stage names—thus she became known as Moussia Larkina.

A tribute article celebrating the achievements of Moscelyne Larkin, Yvonne Chouteau, Marjorie Tallchief, Maria Tallchief, and Rosella Hightower appeared in the 1978 edition of The Sunday Oklahoman. The headline read: The world considered it impossible: That five leading prima ballerinas came from one country. And they were all from, of all places, Oklahoma!

World War II eliminated the arts in many parts of the world, causing Larkin’s company to tour in South America. While in Buenos Aires she met and married the Polish principal dancer and fellow member of the Ballet Russe, Roman Jasinski. Larkin was 19 when the two were married on December 24, 1943. In 1947 the pair traveled to England for Larkin to help stage the “Repertoire” of the original Ballet Russe. Critics called her “the first ray of sunshine” after the war. The art of language came easy to Larkin as she mastered Russian, Spanish, and even some French. The Russian spoken in the company and Spanish learned while touring in South America gave her no trouble. It was Polish, her husband’s native language, which remained a challenge throughout her lifetime. The couple toured Europe with their company before deciding to return to New York in order for Jasinski to seek citizenship. When the couple returned to America, they joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, where Larkin danced leading roles in such legendary works as The Nutcraker, Rodeo, Swan Lake, and Scheherazade. Russian stage names were no longer the norm, so she began dancing as Moscelyne Larkin. Larkin was regarded as a “walking encyclopedia of dance.” She served as the prima ballerina at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall in 1947, where she became one of the first dancers to perform on television regularly. During this time, Larkin danced four full performances per day, practicing between shows. Jasinski joined Serge Denham’s Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1948 and Larkin followed suit the next season. Denham asked Jasinski to head a small Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Concert Company in 1952. This company made history by bringing ballet to college campuses in the United States. In 1953 both Larkin and Jasinski joined Alexandra Danilova’s “Great moments in Ballet.” They toured the United States, Canada, South America, Manila, and Japan. After their son was born, the family moved to Tulsa in 1954. Together, Larkin

and Jasinksi assembled a student troupe in 1956, which later established the internationally acclaimed Tulsa Ballet. Soon after its creation, up-and-coming ballerinas from American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet, among other famous companies, began to travel to Tulsa for personal lessons. With the vision of being

an innovative leader, powerful partner, and global cultural representative to a community in which the performing arts are an indispensable resource, the Tulsa Ballet has certainly seen success. Annually, the Tulsa Ballet reaches more than 40,000 individuals across Oklahoma. To this day the couple is renown in Tulsa for passing

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along the tradition of classical ballet to young dancers of the Southwest. The National Association for Regional Ballet (NARB) is the supervisory body of approximately 120 companies. NARB named eight regional ballet troupes “major companies” in 1979: the Atlanta Ballet, the Dayton Ballet, the Minnesota Dance Theatre, the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, the Dallas Ballet, the Princeton Ballet, the Washington (D.C.) Ballet, and the Tulsa Ballet Theatre. At the time, the Tulsa Ballet Theatre consisted of 32 exceptional dancers and 40 ballets. The Jasinskis made sure two dancers from the Tulsa Ballet visited every public school

The personal invitation that accompanied the brochure celebrating Moscelyne Larkin’s induction in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1979. The event was held on the floor of the Myriad Convention Center, known today as the Cox Convention Center, in downtown Oklahoma City.

Maria Tallchief, Marjorie Tallchief, Rosella Hightower, Moscelyne Larkin, and Yvonne Chouteau at the dedication of Flight of Spirit.


Moscelyne Larkin, Rosella Hightower, Yvonne Chouteau, Maria Tallchief, and Marjorie Tallchief. Celebrating Oklahoma’s 50th anniversary of statehood, Larkin, Chouteau, Hightower and Maria Tallchief performed at the festival. The second Oklahoma Indian Ballerina Festival, 1967, featured a ballet entitled, “The Four Moons,” created by Louis Ballard, a Cherokee composer. The ballet was specially created and danced by Larkin, Chouteau, Hightower and Marjorie Tallchief.

The mural, Flight of Spirit by Mike Larsen, portrays dancers in white ballet dress with a background that merges the tragic history of Native Americans with the hope and renewal of modern accomplishments.

in Tulsa and the surrounding area, even including schools in nearby Arkansas, with demonstrations designed to introduce all Oklahoma children to ballet. Larkin said, “We want Tulsans to be exposed to every kind of dance.” A proud Native American, Larkin helped organize an Oklahoma Indian Ballerina Festival in 1957. Larkin’s mentor, Anatole Chujoy, suggested the festival saying, “… there are five of you. You should have an Indian ballerina festival.” With $10,000 in underwriting from art enthusiasts in Tulsa, the festival was created. The festival honored five prominent Indian dancers:

In November 1982, “Oklahoma Indian Ballerina” was unveiled in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Oklahoma’s statehood. The large statue was created by Jay O’Meilia and depicts a composite of Oklahoma’s five American Indian ballerinas. The statue graces the plaza next to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. During the statehood celebration, four of the five ballerina’s were in attendance for the revival of “The Four Moons” and graced the stage together following the performance. The event also featured The Shawnee solo, created by Larkin and Jasinski. A few years later, 2007, a bronze statue of the

five ballerinas was installed at the Tulsa Historical Center. The ballerinas were the inspiration for the mural, Flight of Spirit by Mike Larsen, which is permanently installed in the Oklahoma State Capitol Rotunda. The mural portrays dancers in white ballet dress with a background that merges the tragic history of Native Americans with the hope and renewal of modern accomplishments. Behind the illuminated ballerinas is Larsen’s depiction of the Trail of Tears and five flying geese— symbolic of each ballerina’s grace and spirit. The dedication of the mural was the first time the five women were all together.

Moscelyne Larkin teaching ballet to Indian children of low-income families as part of a government-funded program.

Larkin commented that the capitol mural “is a dual honor – to ballet and to our Indian heritage. Dance is one of the most natural things for an Indian to be involved in, to express themselves. I can’t remember not dancing.” “As a little girl, I used to dance every year at the powwow in the Devil’s Promenade, the Indian camping ground near where I was born,” Larkin said during an interview after returning to Oklahoma. “Nowadays, I’ve given up dancing sur les pointes in ballet, but since I’m back in Oklahoma after all those years around the world, I can still put on moccasins and

Moscelyne Larkin in the studio.

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Moscelyne Larkin and Roman Jasinksi assembled a student troupe in 1956, later establishing the internationally acclaimed Tulsa Ballet.

dance along the Devil’s Promenade!” Both Larkin and Jasinski brought national recognition to Oklahoma through their work with the Oklahoma Indian Ballerina Festivals and the 1987 recreation of “Mozart Violin Concerto,” a ballet by George Balanchine. They were both recognized for their lifelong contributions to dance with the prestigious Dance Magazine Award in 1988. Together they received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council, were inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame, and received honorary degrees from the University of Tulsa. The couple remained together for 47 years until Roman's death in 1991. Larkin was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall

Moscelyne Larkin Jasinski remained active in the “world of ballet” until her death at age 87. Courtesy The Tulsa World.

Moscelyne Larkin during her time with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.


Moscelyne Larkin and Roman Jasinski performed together throughout their careers.

Moscelyne Larkin and Roman Jasinski in their studio in 1977.

of Fame in 1979. She was presented for induction by the Honorable Gene Howard, President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. She was named Outstanding Indian of the Year by the Council of American Indians in 1976 and was given the designation “Oklahoma Treasures” with fellow Oklahoma Indian ballerinas in 1997. She also was named director emerita of Tulsa Ballet in 1991. Until 2002, Larkin was still overseeing the training of the children for the annual production of “The Nutcracker” with the company. This role would require her to oversee more than 300 children in a given year. In a 1998 interview with the Tulsa World, Larkin said, “We Indians have a saying, that dance is the breath of life made visible.

That’s why dance is important, why the arts are important. They put us in touch with the beauty of life.” A unique trait to Larkin’s career, she is credited with being one of the few dancers of her generation to bridge the ballets from the Sergei Diaghileff era to present day. Diaghileff (1872-1929) was not a dancer but was an impresario of the famous ballet company, Ballet Russe. Larkin was known for her graceful turns and leaps. During her time, it was said that she leaped and turned higher than any contemporary female dancer. Larkin passed away on April 25, 2012. She left behind a legacy full of poise, grace, and life.

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The Oklahoma Roughnecks of Sherwood Forest BY GINI MOORE CAMPBELL


By the end of summer, 1942, it was clear that the future of Great Britain and the outcome of World War II was dependent on the availability of petroleum.


rinidad and the United States were supplying fuel to England, however deliveries were encountering relentless attacks by Nazi submarines. The bombings of dockside storage facilities and attacks on u-boats had crippled the oil supply. By year-end, more than 150,000 barrels of 100-octane fuel were needed daily to continue the fight and the safety reserves already had been Britain’s oil reserves were nearly 2-million barrels short when the United States’ oil tanker Pennsylvania Sun was torpedoed 125 miles off Key West, Florida by a German submarine on July 15, 1942.

With England fighting for survival during World War II, in the fall British Secretary of Petroleum Geoffrey Lloyd summoned the Oil Control Board to assess the country’s impending oil crisis.

reduced by two-million barrels. In addition, England’s access to the oil supply in the Middle East was being threatened by Erwin Rommel’s campaign against North Africa. In early 1940, Rommel, one of Adolf Hitler’s most popular generals, had been named commander of the 7th Panzer Division and the following year was appointed commander of German troops (the Afrika Korps) in North Africa.


Noble Drilling Company, the predecessor of Noble Energy and Noble Corporation, but for his leadership and philanthropy throughout Oklahoma and In 1943, 42 volunteers from Tulsa’s Noble the Nation, the two met in Drilling and Oklahoma City’s Fain-Porter Drilling companies boarded the H.M.S. Queen Noble’s hometown of Ardmore, Elizabeth for England. Oklahoma. Although Noble Drilling Company, as well as other oil companies in the United States, already was committed to increased war-time production, Noble partnered with Oklahoma City’s Fain-Porter Drilling Company. They settled on a oneyear contract, committing to drill 100 new wells in the Eakring Field, for only cost and expenses. The Petroleum Administration for War approved the contract and on March 12, 1943, a 42man team boarded the H. M. S. Queen Elizabeth battleship. Three of the initial four drilling rigs transported on different ships arrived safely. The fourth rig was on a ship that came under attack by a German submarine. A fifth rig was transported safely to replace the one lost. The H. M. S. Queen Elizabeth was launched October 16, 1913 and decommissioned on March 19, 1948. It was this battleship that the 42 Americans boarded for their Rumors swarmed as residents adventure in Sherwood Forest. speculated on the purpose of the Americans’ arrival. Many thought personnel and drilling equipment they were there to shoot a movie, had halted further exploration of a Western perhaps. It was even the field. rumored that John Wayne was on D’Arcy representative C.A.P. Southwell traveled to Washington, his way. The team stayed isolated from the general public in the D.C. to meet with members of Anglican monastery Kelham Hall the Petroleum Administration for near Eakring. War (PAW). The goal of his visit Within a month of their arrival, was to enlist America’s talent and the first well was spudded. Others resources to expand production of Isolated from the public, the Anglican monastery Kelham Hall is where the Eakring Field in Sherwood Forest. followed. Four crews worked Americans resided during their year-long 12-hour shifts. The Americans Seeking out independent oilman stay to increase production of the oilfield drilled an average of one well Lloyd Noble, widely respected in Sherwood Forest. per week, compared to one well for his role not only in the field every five weeks for the British. of oil as president of Tulsa-based What many did now know, including some members of the Oil Control Board, is that England had a productive oilfield of its own. The field first was discovered in 1939 by D’Arcy Exploration, a subsidiary of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company and predecessor to BP Global. The oilfield was located in the infamous Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. In 1942, the oilfield produced from 50 shallow wells roughly 700 barrels per day. However, the shortages of both


The British were amazed at the speed of the Americans. While the British would change bits at 30-foot intervals, the Americans used the same bit until it needed to be replaced. The Americans were often referred to as “oilfield cowboys.” Despite the challenges and shortages associated with war, in five months 36 new wells had been completed. In 10 months, 94 had been completed with 76 producing. At the end of the one-year contract, in March, 1944, the Americans celebrated the completion of 106 wells and 94 producers. Oil production topped 3,000 barrels per day and more than 3.5 million barrels would be pumped from the field by the end of the war. The field remained in production until 1965 when it was finally depleted. On March 3, 1944, the Americans left to return home, adding to the Eakring Field more than 1.2 million barrels of oil. They also left behind one of their own. Derrickman Herman Douthit fell from a drilling mast to his death while working Rig No. 148. He was buried with full military honors and remains the only civilian buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Forty-one Americans returned home and their adventure was relatively unknown until a story appeared on a back page in a November 1944 edition of The Chicago Daily Tribune. However, even then, few noticed. It was not until 1973 when The Secret of Sherwood Forest: Oil Production in England During World War II by Guy and Grace Woodward was

In May, 1991, 14 of the original 42-member team returned to Sherwood Forest for the dedication of Jay O’Meilia’s “Oil Patch Warrior.”

Measuring more than seven feet, the original “Oil Patch Warrior” is located in Nottinghamshire, England.

Artist Jay O’Meilia with the first “Oil Patch Warrior” bronze. Dedicated in May, 1991, on the grounds of the Dukes Wood Oil Museum in Nottinghamshire, England.


Following the installation of the two seven-foot-bronze sculptures in Nottinghamshire, England, and Ardmore, Oklahoma, artist Jay O’Meilia made a limited edition of 85 maquettes of “Oil Patch Warrior” available.


released that the story was out. In 1989 while in Tulsa for a speaking engagement, Tony Speller, a British Member of Parliament, was given a copy of the book. Intrigued by the story, Speller joined forces with the International Society of Energy Advocates and Noble Drilling Company, among others, to honor the dedication and lives of the 42 Americans who committed one year of their lives to support the war effort in Sherwood Forest. Artist Jay O’Meilia was selected to create a larger-than-life bronze tribute to these men. O’Meilia, inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1999, was born in and continues to call Tulsa home. O’Meilia knew authenticity would be critical. The “Oil Patch Warrior” holds a Stillson wrench; his overalls are the exact replica of a pair he was sent to model them after; he wears period-perfect gloves and a hat; and his pocket holds a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes. In 1942, the packaging of Lucky Strike cigarettes changed from green and gold to red and white. Lucky Strike’s theme became “Lucky Strike

Green Has Gone to War,” relaying that the green dye previously used in the packaging would now be used in the war effort. Later it was learned that the change and modernization in packaging already was underway. However, at the time, the war provided the American Tobacco Company the opportunity to appear to be sacrificing to support our allies. In May, 1991, O’Meilia, along with 14 members of the original 42-man crew, returned to Sherwood Forest for the dedication of the seven-foot bronze “Oil Patch Warrior.” The statue was placed on land donated by British Petroleum to England’s Dukes Wood Oil Museum. Ten years later, in November, 2001, a second “Oil Patch Warrior” was dedicated in downtown Ardmore, Oklahoma. From O’Meilia’s original molds, the new statue would become the centerpiece for Memorial Square. The square honors those who have sacrificed their lives, veterans of the military, and the oil drillers and energy industry that came to England’s rescue during World War II.

Lloyd Noble, president of Noble Drilling Company when contacted by C.A.P. Southwell of D’Arcy Exploration, was posthumously inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2000. A respected oilman and philanthropist, he was the founder of The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.

Members of the 42-member team of Oklahoma roughnecks that made the trip to increase production in the Eakring Field of Sherwood Forest.

The second “Oil Patch Warrior” was dedicated in 2001 and stands as the centerpiece for Memorial Square in downtown Ardmore, Oklahoma.



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Don’t Never Be Afraid of Your Horses: Looking Back By Mike Larsen

Looking Back By Mike Larsen


Mike Larsen is an Oklahoma treasure. He is best known as a talented and celebrated artist whose works are included in museums and private collections around the world. Mike’s style is distinctive, with a wide range of subject matter but always with a story to be discovered in the composition, colors, and contrasts. Even more amazing is his ability to express his creativity in both two-dimensional paintings on canvas and three-dimensional sculptures in clay and bronze. Some are small and delicate; others are large and monumental. Mike’s place in art history is already assured. Just as important to me is Mike’s talent as a historian. He may not have a Ph.D., but he has the instincts and skills of a historian who is always asking questions and seeking answers that can be expressed for the enjoyment of others. When Betty Price and the Oklahoma Arts Council chose Mike to paint a mural in the State Capitol commemorating the Five Indian Ballerinas, he not only captured the images of the dancers but placed them against a backdrop of their cultural roots that binds them together as a band of sisters. Mike’s skills as a historian served him well when Governor Bill Anoatubby asked him to paint portraits of Chickasaw elders. With the assistance of his life partner and wife, Martha, he interviewed the elders, studied their stories, and captured their images with a depth that comes only from a deep understanding of human nature, tribal history, and sense

of community. The magic of combining artistic expression with historic insight can be seen in all of Mike’s work. Finally, Mike is known far and wide as a great friend. His gentle nature, generosity, and genuine interest in other people make him a welcome guest around the world and his stories always put a smile on the faces of his friends. Mike is one of those people who earn respect through the way they live their lives. When he asks for a favor, we friends feel privileged to be asked. It was in the spirit of friendship that Mike and Martha asked me to read some of his written stories that were roughly autobiographical. Of course, I immediately agreed to read them as a friend. As I went through the stories, I quickly reverted back to my respect for Mike as an artist and historian. Each story, like his paintings, was composed with a careful blend of color and contrast. And each story had a depth of understanding, whether it was a peak into the nature of a character in his narrative or an insight into his own personality. I immediately urged him to write more, and just as importantly, to not change a word. Each story was written just as Mike would tell it in person. I want to thank the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for bringing these stories to a wider audience. Mike will be remembered as a friend, historian, and artist. This book will expand his legacy to story teller and author.

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Oklahoma’s Brown Decision Text Case: A Participant’s Perspective By Betty Katherine Permetter Falato



$22.95 This book tells that story, one of many such stories of courageous pioneers who chipped away at the seemingly impregnable walls of state-sanctioned segregation until, finally, they all came tumbling down. One way to express our gratitude is to know and tell this bit of history far and wide. Thank you, Betty Katherine Permetter Falato, for the gift of knowledge. Hannibal B. Johnson, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is an attorney, author, consultant, and college professor. He is the author of books on African American history and culture.    2/7/17 10:48 AM

“I thought I had seen everything, but this was the worst. This was something that happened to part of our family. This is your own land, your own brothers and sisters.” Sergeant Rocky Seals

from Catoosa, OK, and veteran of the Tet offensive in the Vietnam War

Bob Burke and Col. (Ret.) Max Moss have gone back in time to collect the firsthand accounts of the Oklahoma Citizen Soldiers and Airmen who responded at a moment’s notice to help those devastated by the storm. ... Their book brings to life a story that long ago needed to be told, not because these brave men and women seek recognition, but for the reason that what they did for the people of New Orleans may be the greatest Guard story that no one has ever heard.


Albert Ashwood Director, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (from the foreword of Restoring Order and Giving Hope)

Bob Burke and Col. (Ret.) Max Moss have gone “People need help. We will respond back in time collect the firsthand accounts of to the to extent we can and worry about the money later.” the Oklahoma Citizen Soldiers and Airmen who responded at a moment’s notice to help those devastated by the storm. Their book brings to life a story that long ago needed to be told, not because these brave men and women seek recognition, but for the reason that what they did for the people of New Orleans may be the greatest Guard story that no one has ever heard. Albert Ashwood Director, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry



Restoring Order and Giving Hope: The Oklahoma National Guard Response to Hurricane Katrina By Bob Burke and Col. Max Moss, Jr. (Ret.)





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See You Saturday in March at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

Guests enjoyed hearing from artist Christie Owen on her Surroundings exhibit featured in the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery through the New Year.

Oklahoma Hall of Famer Carl Renfro read to students attending school at Roosevelt Elementary in Ponca City.

The March See You Saturday Conversation Series featured Heather Ahtone, Rep. Cyndi Munson, and Jennifer Grigsby. Kelsey Karper served as moderator for the event.

Scheduled the third Thursday of each month, January’s Third Thursday participants enjoyed story and craft time at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

With Michael Wallis looking on, Oklahoma Hall of Famer Dr. George Henderson received the 2017 Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book on April 8.

Christie Owen greeting guests during the closing reception for Surroundings in the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery.


Guests enjoyed the Conversation Series during March’s See You Saturday celebrating National Women’s History Month at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

Bruce Benbrook, right, with Mattlin Stanek of the Teen Board, after completing the 5K at the 6th Annual Oklahoma Land Run.

Members of the Second Century Board completing terms of service earlier this month were, from left, Scott Dunn, immediate past chairman, Jenifer McAbee, Elizabeth Cates, and Brian Lux.

Brenda Schwartz helps Pioneer Elementary students with a craft during the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s visit to Elk City.

Families enjoying craft time together during March’s See You Saturday at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

Completing their terms of service on the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors at year end were Becky Dixon, Michael Smith, and Robert Henry.

In addition to story time and crafts, those attending the March Third Thursday got moving and participated in a scavenger hunt throughout the Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

Second Century Board members and guests enjoyed OKC Energy FC’s home opener on April 8 with Jeff Ewing, President of Prodigal LLC., back row center.

David Hardy and Rachel Sparks crossing the finish line at the 6th Annual Oklahoma Land Run benefitting education programming for the Gaylord-Pickens Museum and Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Justice Steven Taylor, a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, read Will Rogers: Oklahoma’s Favorite Son to students at Will Rogers Elementary in McAlester in February.

In March, OHOF Chairman Mark Stansberry sang and read Dust Storm to students at Elk City’s Pioneer Elementary.

Oklahoma high school students participated in the Oklahoma Scholarship Competition at test sites statewide on Saturday, March 4.

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Oklahoma Hall of Famer Bob Burke autographed books for attendees after speaking to a book review club at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club.

Spotlight Artist Candace Liger, poet and activist of Oklahoma City, performing her spoken word poetry as a part of February’s See You Saturday at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

Oklahoma Hall of Famer Tom J. McDaniel, left, received Leadership Oklahoma’s Lifetime Achievement Award on April 1. He was congratulated by OHOF President Shannon L. Rich and fellow Oklahoma Hall of Famer Lee Allan Smith.


Teen Boarders Caleb Morrow, Jamel Stephens, Erica Gavula, Gaby Rueda, and BraeDon Borden cheering on runners during the Oklahoma Land Run on March 25th.

Presented by Jan Davis, left, author Jane McKellips received the Oklahoma Book Award for Children for Dust Storm, published by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, during the 28th annual Oklahoma Book Awards on April 8.

Author Jane McKellips read Bill Wallace: Author of Adventure and Animal Stories in the Gaylord-Pickens Museum’s store during April’s See You Saturday festivities.

Cole Humbert proudly showing off his medal after competing in the Oklahoma Land Run hosted by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Teen Board.

Illustrator Christopher Nick shared the process of creating images for Dust Storm with students at Deer Creek Elementary.

OHOF Chairman Mark Stansberry, center, thanking Bruce Fisher and Dr. George Henderson for serving as panelists for the Conversation Series as part of February’s See You Saturday.

Oklahoma Hall of Fame Teen Board Chairman Erica Gavula and Vice Chairman Bruce Fisher, left, and Oklahoma Hall of Famer Dr. George Henderson enjoyed Mason Beard gearing up for the 6th Annual Oklahoma Land Run on March 25th time in The Chickasaw Nation Oklahoma Through Its People Gallery following at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. the Conversation Series they participated in.

OHOF Chairman Mark Stansberry congratulated runners, and mascots, at the 6th Annual Oklahoma Land Run.

Gwendolyn Hooks was the featured author for February’s Third Thursday at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum and enjoyed craft time with those attending the event.

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MISTLETOE CIRCLE........................ $2,500 GOLD CIRCLE............................... $5,000

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CONSTANCY CIRCLE................. $10,000

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GOLD CIRCLE | $5,000

• One-year subscription to Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Headlines e-newsletter

• Invitation for two to Friends of the Medallion special events in 2017 • One weekday use of a Gaylord-Pickens Museum event space* • Advance opportunity to purchase Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony tickets • Recognition in the Banquet & Induction Ceremony program and Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame • Complimentary autographed copy of one of Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing’s 2017 publications • Annual family admission pass for two adults and household children under 18 to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum • Invitations to gallery openings, book signings and other Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum events • One-year subscription to Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Headlines e-newsletter

• Invitation for two to Friends of the Medallion special events in 2017 • One weekend use of a Gaylord-Pickens Museum event space* • Advance opportunity to purchase Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony tickets • Recognition in the Banquet & Induction Ceremony program and Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame • Recognition in The Oklahoman, Tulsa World and The Lawton Constitution Oklahoma Hall of Fame Sunday Supplement • Complimentary autographed copy of one of Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing’s 2017 publications • Annual family admission pass for two adults and household children under 18 to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum • Invitations to gallery openings, book signings and other Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum events • One-year subscription to Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Headlines e-newsletter

INDIVIDUALISM | $50 • Annual admission pass to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum • Invitations to gallery openings, book signings and other Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum events • One-year subscription to Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Headlines e-newsletter

PERSEVERANCE | $100 • Annual family admission pass for two adults and household children under 18 to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum • Invitations to gallery openings, book signings and other Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum events • One-year subscription to Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Headlines e-newsletter

PIONEER SPIRIT | $250 • Annual family admission pass for two adults and household children under 18 to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum • Invitations to gallery openings, book signings and other Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum events • One-year subscription to Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Headlines e-newsletter • 25% discount on a one-time rental of the Devon Classroom*

OPTIMISM | $500 • Annual family admission pass for two adults and household children under 18 to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum • Invitations to gallery openings, book signings and other Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum events • One-year subscription to Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Headlines e-newsletter • One weekday use of the Devon Classroom or Centennial Boardroom

MISTLETOE CIRCLE | $2,500 • Invitation for two to Friends of the Medallion special events in 2017 • One weeknight use of a Gaylord-Pickens Museum event space* • Advance opportunity to purchase Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony tickets • Recognition in the Banquet & Induction Ceremony program and Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame • Complimentary autographed copy of one of Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing’s 2017 publications • Annual family admission pass for two adults and household children under 18 to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum • Invitations to gallery openings, book signings and other Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum events • One-year subscription to Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Headlines e-newsletter *Event space must be used within one year of contribution and is subject to availability; additional fees may apply For more information about any of our donor levels or to customize your donor package at the $2,500 level and above, call Bailey Gordon at 405.523.3207.

CONSTANCY CIRCLE | $10,000 • One-year subscription to Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Headlines e-newsletter • Invitation for two to Friends of the Medallion special events in 2017 • One weekend use of a Gaylord-Pickens Museum event space* • Advance opportunity to purchase Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony tickets • Recognition in the Banquet & Induction Ceremony program and Oklahoma: Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame • Recognition in The Oklahoman, Tulsa World and The Lawton Constitution Oklahoma Hall of Fame Sunday Supplement • Complimentary autographed copy of one of Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing’s 2017 publications • Annual family admission pass for two adults and household children under 18 to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum • Invitations to gallery openings, book signings and other Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum events • Opportunity to honor one member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame with a Link to a Legacy at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony in November • Customized benefits package


*Denotes Charter Sponsor

Jennifer & Mark Allen Edmond

Comtech Oklahoma City

Neil & Teri Gray Harrah

INTEGRIS Health Oklahoma City

Lona A. Barrick Ada

Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Cox Bartlesville

Dr. & Mrs. William L. Beasley Oklahoma City

Betty Crow Oklahoma City

Jack & Adrienne Grimmett Pauls Valley

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Jankowsky Oklahoma City

Jim & Julie Grissom Edmond

Glen D. Johnson Oklahoma City

Mr. & Mrs. John D. Groendyke Enid

Willa D. Johnson Oklahoma City

Bruce & Sheryl Benbrook Woodward Mr. & Mrs. Clayton I. Bennett Oklahoma City Barbara Bass Berry Sapulpa* G. T. Blankenship Nichols Hills* Fred & Suzanne Boettcher Ponca City Michael & Francine Bray Antlers John A. Brock Tulsa Nevyle & Carol Cable Okmulgee Chris B. & Gini Moore Campbell Oklahoma City

Zelda Davis Lawton Frederick F. Drummond Pawhuska* Nancy P. Ellis Oklahoma City Ken & Mary Ann Fergeson Altus* Joe Fiebig Oklahoma City Dick & Malinda Berry Fischer Stillwater General (Ret.) Tommy Franks Roosevelt Mrs. Henry Freede Oklahoma City Nancy Neil Gee Miami Linda & John Gibbs Holdenville

Patty & Joe Cappy Tulsa

Joan Gilmore Oklahoma City

Hal Smith Restaurants Norman

Marybeth & Ike Glass Newkirk


Jasmine & Melvin Moran Seminole* Mr. & Mrs. Stewart E. Meyers, Jr. Oklahoma City Mustang Fuel Corporation Oklahoma City Larry & Polly Nichols Oklahoma City

Dr. Donald Halverstadt Edmond

Kenneth JohnstonJohnston & Associates Chickasha

Michael & Debby Hampton Midwest City

Cathy & Frank Keating Oklahoma City

Keri Norris Ada

Marilyn & Ed Keller Tulsa

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Oklahoma City

Fred & Kellie Harlan Okmulgee* Robert J. Hays Chickasha Dr. & Mrs. George Henderson Norman Heritage Trust Oklahoma City Mary Etta & Don Herron Idabel Joe Anna Hibler Weatherford Mrs. James E. Hill, Jr. Oklahoma City* Dr. Norman & Bonnie Imes Oklahoma City

Jane Krizer Oklahoma City Ronal D. Legako, M.D. Edmond Tim & Nancy Leonard Oklahoma City Hilda Lewis Oklahoma City Charles D. & Teresa G. Mayhue Ada Bill McDoniel Chickasha Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC Wewoka

George & Donna Nigh Edmond

Jay O'Meilia Tulsa Richard M. Parker Oklahoma City Kim & Nancy Parrish Oklahoma City Homer Paul Edmond William G. Paul Oklahoma City Dr. Barry & Roxanne Pollard Enid Puterbaugh Foundation McAlester

RAM Energy LLC Tulsa Jack Rawdon & Dr. Andrea Key Oklahoma City

Judge & Mrs. Ralph G. Thompson Oklahoma City*

Tom & Phyllis McCasland Dallas

Tallie & Thad Valentine Oklahoma City

VIRGINIA Senator Don Nickles McLean

Renfro Family Foundation Ponca City

Ben & Bonnie Walkingstick Chandler

Frank C. & Ludmila Robson Claremore*

Mr. & Mrs. W. K. Warren, Jr. Tulsa*

Mr. & Mrs. William J. Ross Nichols Hills

Judge Lee R. West Oklahoma City DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Adam J. & Betty K. Falato Washington

RSM Investments Oklahoma City Shawnee Milling Company Shawnee

Willis & Jean Hardwick Alexandria IN MEMORY OF James R. Bellatti Donald Cooper Roberta Knie Bill Thrash Nazih Zuhdi, M.D.

KANSAS Bill Hancock Prairie Village

Sharon Shoulders Henryetta Darryl & Kathy Smette Edmond Lee Allan Smith Oklahoma City*

MASSACHUSETTS Dr. & Mrs. J. Philip Kistler Belmont

Standley Systems, LLC Chickasha

NEW MEXICO Steadman Upham Tesuque

Mark & Nancy Stansberry Edmond

OHIO Sharen Jester Turney New Albany

Arthur & Betty Thompson Stroud

TEXAS Kenneth H. Cooper, MD Dallas*

Friends of the Medallion have a shared passion for preserving and telling the stories of extraordinary Oklahomans. Their support sustains the 90-year tradition of recognizing accomplished Oklahomans with the state’s highest honor–induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Just as the symbols that make up the Hall of Fame medallion reflect and celebrate Oklahoma’s rich heritage, so do the donors who make up this group. Their commitment to sharing the inspiring stories of their fellow Oklahomans allows the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum to create educational and inspiring programs to share our unique stories and instill state pride. We appreciate each of the donors listed below who make a commitment to our mission by giving at a leadership level.

INSPIRATION MISSION PARTNERS | $25,000+ The Chickasaw Nation Ada Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Durant E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation Oklahoma City Massey Family Foundation Durant The Puterbaugh Foundation McAlester

MISSION PARTNERS | $15,000 Mr. and Mrs. Bob Burke Oklahoma City Magellan Executive Partners Edmond The Oklahoman Media Company Oklahoma City

CONSTANCY CIRCLE| $10,000 American Fidelity Foundation Oklahoma City Bill W. Burgess, Jr. Lawton Mrs. Betsy Amis Daugherty Nichols Hills Mrs. Henry Freede Oklahoma City Hal Smith Restaurants Norman Mr. Timothy C. Headington Dallas, TX Tom and Judy Love Oklahoma City Reba McEntire Nashville, TN Mr. and Mrs. Herman Meinders Oklahoma City R.A. Young Foundation Dallas, TX

GOLD CIRCLE | $5,000 Devon Energy Corporation Oklahoma City Mr. and Mrs. John D. Groendyke Enid Mr. and Mrs. Steven Grigsby Edmond Saint Francis Health System Tulsa Security State Bank Wewoka Walton Family Foundation Bentonville, AR

MISTLETOE CIRCLE | $2,500 Allegro Resources, LLC Oklahoma City Kim Brauer Oklahoma City Mr. and Mrs. Steve Burrage Antlers Jessi A. Butler Oklahoma City Dirk Catron Pryor Chae Group, LLC Oklahoma City David Chong Oklahoma City Collette Coleman Oklahoma City Carolyn Cummins Norman Emily Donohue Norman Alexandrea Doyal and Andrew Ingraham Houston, TX Kayla Etter Graham, TX Ex Libris Users of North America Edmond Adam Farr Oklahoma City First National Bank of Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mike Fletcher and Whitney Marks Oklahoma City

Charlie Fowler Fort Sill Ruth Friedman Fairlawn, OH Alaina Hamilton Edmond Helmerich & Payne Inc. Tulsa Hannah Hoopes Muskogee Brian and Kathy Horner Oklahoma City Dr. and Mrs. Joe Howell Nichols Hills George Knudson Ft. Walton Beach, FL Mary and Tom Lippert Oklahoma City Jim and Kristin Martin Yukon Jordan McGee Oklahoma City Shelley Murray Norman Mustang Fuel Corporation Oklahoma City OERB Oklahoma City Jay Lynn Orr Midwest City Dr. Scott and Cindi Owens Tulsa Paycom Oklahoma City Ena K. Porch Oklahoma City Shannon Rich and Kelly Kerr Oklahoma City William Robinson and Johna Smothermon Oklahoma City T.D. Williamson, Inc. Tulsa Patrick and Rhonda Terry McLoud Matthew Uldrich Norman David Vinson Webbers Falls Delia White The Woodlands, TX Leslie Wilsey Edmond

FRIENDS OF THE MEDALLION | $1,000 Phil B. and Joan M. Albert Claremore Aimee and Brad Amen Edmond Governor and Mrs. Bill Anoatubby Ada Alison Anthony and Mark Wilson Sand Springs Mr. and Mrs. Calvin J. Anthony Stillwater Lona A. Barrick Ada Dewey & Victoria F. Bartlett, Jr. Tulsa Chief Gary Batton Durant Bruce and Sheryl Benbrook Woodward Mr. S.M. Brown Oklahoma City Emily Canavesio Oklahoma City Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Cappy Tulsa Clements Foods Foundation Oklahoma City Dean Andrew M. Coats Oklahoma City George and Karla Cohlmia Edmond Amy Cook and Jon Fisher Oklahoma City Connie Cook El Reno Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth H. Cooper Dallas, TX Bill and Carol Crawford Frederick Randy and Teresa Crook Edmond Remy Dao Yukon Frederic Dorwart Tulsa Downtown Glass, Inc. Oklahoma City Mr. and Mrs. Bob Drake Davis

Wendy and Gentner Drummond Tulsa Mr. and Mrs. William E. Durrett Oklahoma City Christy and Jim Everest Oklahoma City Mr. and Mrs. Ken Fergeson Altus Mrs. Malinda Berry Fischer Stillwater Fred Jones Family Foundation Oklahoma City Roger and Leigh Gaddis Ada Dr. and Mrs. Gilbert “Gib” Gibson Oklahoma City Ike and Marybeth Glass Newkirk Mrs. Ann Graves Tulsa Eric and Terry Green Norman Mr. Joe D. Hall Elk City Mrs. Jane B. Harlow Nichols Hills Heritage Trust Co. Oklahoma City Ms. Rhonda Hooper Oklahoma City Mr. and Mrs. William R. Howell Scottsdale, AZ Mr. and Mrs. Gary Huckabay Mustang Melody Hughes Edmond Mr. Ronnie Irani Oklahoma City It’s My Community Initiative Oklahoma City Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Jewell Stillwater Chancellor and Mrs. Glen Johnson Oklahoma City Evangelia Kalaitzoglou Lexington, KY Marilyn and Ed Keller Tulsa

Dr. and Mrs. Philip Kistler Belmont, MA Mr. and Mrs. Duke R. Ligon Wewoka Mr. and Mrs. Dave R. Lopez Edmond Roxana and Robert Lorton Tulsa Mr. and Mrs. Tom H. McCasland, Jr. Dallas, TX Mary and Jeff McClean Simpsonville, KY Tom & Brenda McDaniel Oklahoma City Frank and Debbi Merrick Oklahoma City Merrill Lynch Oklahoma City Midwest Housing Equity Group, Inc. Oklahoma City Linda and Xavier Neira Norman Norick Investment Company Oklahoma City Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers Oklahoma City Oklahoma Home Builders Associations Oklahoma City OK State Board of Licensure Oklahoma City ONEOK Inc. Tulsa Orthopedic Surgery, OUHSC Oklahoma City Mr. William G. Paul Oklahoma City S. Bond Payne and Lori Payne Oklahoma City Mr. and Mrs. W. DeVier Pierson Chevy Chase, MD Mr. H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt Oklahoma City RAM Energy LLC Tulsa Jack C. Rawdon and Dr. Andrea Key Oklahoma City Revenue Management Systems Oklahoma City

John and Charlotte Richels Nichols Hills Mr. Frank C. Robson Claremore Mr. Edward Ruscha Venice, CA Jason Sanders Edmond Brayden Savage Oklahoma City Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Tulsa Dora and Earl Sherman, Jr. Saginaw, TX Caroline Menzies Small Oklahoma City Roger and Amy Spring Oklahoma City Standley Systems LLC Chickasha Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Stansberry Edmond Charles and Peggy Stephenson Family Foundation Tulsa C. Renzi and Lee Anne Stone Oklahoma City Mr. Stratton Taylor Claremore Republic Bank & Trust Norman Charles and Sharen Jester Turney New Albany, OH President and Mrs. Steadman Upham Tesuque, NM Mr. and Mrs. Thad R. Valentine Oklahoma City Linda English Weeks Norman Laurie Anne Williams Ardmore Susan Winchester Chickasha Habib H. Yousefzadeh Oklahoma City Zarrow Families Foundation Tulsa

Wi t h q u esti o n s, please c o n tac t B ail ey G ordon at 405.523.3207 or bg @o klah o mah o f .co m. T h i s li s t re pre s e n ts do n o rs maki n g u n re s tri cte d co n tri bu ti o n s as o f A p r i l 1 0 , 2 0 1 7 .



PICTURE YOURSELF The New Permanent Exhibit Open Now at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame

Step into life-size, gilded frames and “Picture Yourself” as a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame—riding a bucking bronco, forecasting the weather or floating in space.

Visit often because experiences change throughout the year!

1400 Classen Drive | Oklahoma City 73106 | 405.235.4458 |

April 2017 | Magazine of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame  
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