July 2015 Around Town

 

TULSA HERB SOCIETY HOSTS AUTHOR SUE GOETZ

Sue Goetz, the author of “The Herb Lover’s Spa Book,” will be the Tulsa Herb Society’s annual educational speaker at 7 p.m. July 13, at the Tulsa Garden Center.

Goetz, who lives in Washington, is a certified professional horticulturist. She says the phrase “Inspiring Gardens to Create” has guided her life as a garden designer, writer and speaker.

The book will be available for sale at the event.

The Tulsa Herb Society was formed in 1988 by a group of herbal enthusiasts. Its purpose is to foster the appreciation, study, culture, history and use of herbs.

NIFTY FIFTIES: CULTURE & COMMERCE IN 1950s TULSA

Now open: Nifty Fifties: Culture & Commerce in 1950s Tulsa exhibit at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum.

For the first half of the 20th century, Tulsa’s efforts to build the local economy and create a modern skyline continued at a rapid pace. Businesses diversified and supported Tulsa residents and the country as a whole. By the end of the 1940s Tulsa’s efforts had succeeded in building a bigger city, but some began to wonder about turning it into a better city. As the 1950s dawned, the people of Tulsa questioned why their hometown was lacking the cultural opportunities experienced in other cities of the same size. The hardworking pioneers and early oilmen of the city were ready to help provide those luxuries to the next generation.

While Tulsans joined the rest of the country focusing on the Cold War, the space race, television, and rock ‘n’ roll, Tulsa’s leaders worked to provide a better and more culturally complete community for residents. This focus remained even as the city grew geographically and business and lifestyle patterns changed tremendously. At the close of the decade, the citizens of Tulsa were living in a vastly different community than had existed 10 years earlier.

This exhibit will give visitors a glimpse at life in Tulsa during the 1950s, including the ways the city grew and changed and the ways individuals and families spent their time as the second half of the 20th century began.

The Tulsa Historical Society is the only museum in Tulsa focused on building, preserving, and presenting a broad based general collection of Tulsa’s history. Thanks to the vision, tenacity and commitment of dedicated board and volunteers, the Tulsa Historical Society is located within a superb 28,000 square foot facility and grounds, formerly the site of a historic home in the Woodward Park complex.

For more information visit TulsaHistory.org.

TOP TEACHER AWARD

Jenks Freshman Academy teacher Kim Graham is the grand prize winner of Dr. Robert Herman Orthodontics’ Teacher Appreciation Contest. More than 100 students and community members across Green Country submitted essays nominating teachers for this recognition. As the top teacher in the contest, Graham will get complimentary braces for herself or a family member.

The five other teachers selected as local winners will each get to choose between a spa day, OU football tickets or OSU football tickets. The local winners are Chaneta Redding, a homeschool teacher from Tulsa; Janice Johnson, a second-grade teacher at Henryetta Elementary; Evett Barham, a leadership teacher at Pryor High School; and Laurie Logan, a careersteacher at Ewing Halsell Middle School in Vinita.

“I clearly remember the significant impact of the teachers I was very lucky to have teach me,” Dr. Herman said. “Our team is thrilled to recognize the exemplary commitment that our community’s teachers demonstrate on a daily basis in the classroom and beyond.”

Dr. Robert Herman Orthodontics serves patients of all ages with main offices in Tulsa and Bartlesville, and satellite offices in Henryetta, Pryor and Vinita.