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Bartlesville Area History Museum presents ‘Movie Monday’

Bartlesville Area History Museum’s “Movie Monday” offers an opportunity to view “The Daughter of Dawn” — an original historic silent film, produced in Oklahoma in 1920, featuring a Native American cast.

The movie will be shown from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28.

“This non-fiction motion picture disappeared without a trace sometime after 1923, possibly seen for the last time at a Janesville, Wisconsin, junior high school the same year,” said BAHM Coordinator Jo Crabtree. “Some ninety years later, it came to light by way of an interesting set of circumstances.”

Crabtree said that in 2004, a North Carolina private detective was offered five celluloid reels in lieu of a cash payment for services, which he accepted in hopes that someone would someday find them valuable enough to purchase.

“Several years after it surfaced, this historic anthropological record ultimately became property of the Oklahoma Historical Society,” Crabtree said. “The audience will have the opportunity to learn more details about the exchange of ownership from the detective to OHS, as well as the film’s ultimate restoration timeline, during the presentation of the movie.”

First screened in the fall of 1920 in Los Angeles, Calif., “The Daughter of Dawn” was previewed by an audience in the historic College Theater. One film critic declared it “(a)n original and breathtaking adventure … hardly duplicated before.”

“Although it showed up for a few years in various locations across the country and received positive reviews, for some reason it never took the industry by storm,” Crabtree said.

Actor/director Norbert A. Myles directed the all-Indian cast — consisting of 300 Kiowa, Comanche and Caddo tribesmen — on location in the Wichita Mountains near Craterville Park. Located in the southwestern portion of Oklahoma, the once off-limits to non-Indians site was one of the last gold rush locations in the United States — just one of the reasons the area was ideal for the Myles movie endeavor.

“The landscape of southwestern Oklahoma was well known for Fort Sill, famous military expeditions and many other compelling reasons for the decision to make use of the scenic mountain ranges on the southern plains for this project,” Crabtree said. “The vast acreage provided one of the most popular camping spots known in the area, estimated to be at least 10,000 years old. This land has been referred to as “… a sea of grass and rolling grasslands,” and numerous famous artists have captured that beauty for many years.”

“This film is a window into that past; it’s a window into the history of the place, the history of the tribes, the history of shooting this very special movie, this document from the summer of 1920, ‘Daughter of Dawn,’ ” according to Oklahoma Historical Deputy Executive Director Dr. Bob Blackburn.

Funding for this restoration project is provided by Lawton Community Foundation, McMahon Foundation, National Film Preservation Foundation and Oklahoma City University, as well as the Oklahoma Historical Society, with special thanks to the Friends of the Oklahoma Historical Society Archives and the Friends of the Oklahoma History Center.

The Bartlesville Area History Museum is a family friendly facility on the fifth floor of City Hall, 401 S. Johnstone, where admission is free and donations are always welcome. Hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information, call 918-338-4294.


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Open house for WCC’s new technology center set for September 7

Everyone is invited to an open house event for the Westside Community Center’s new Hans Schmoldt Technology Center.

The open house event, during which tours will be given and refreshments will be served, is scheduled to take place 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 at the WCC, located at 501 S. Bucy Ave. in Bartlesville.

“We’re very excited about our new technology center, and we’re looking forward to showing it off,” says Ron Tribble, who is the board president of the non-profit WCC. “We think it will be a real benefit for our community.”

The Hans Schmoldt Technology Center, which is named in recognition of a $50,000 donation from the Schmoldt Foundation, represents a dramatic makeover of the WCC’s former computer lab. The former space was cleared out and then expanded when a wall was removed and the neighboring room was annexed. The new technology center, which is located inside of the WCC, will feature nearly double the space of the former computer lab.

Work on the project began earlier this year and is nearing completion. Once the new technology center opens — and plans call for it to be ready in time for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year – it will offer a wide array of new features such as computers, an interactive white board, furniture, flooring and branding.

“Those who have visited our former computer lab will see a dramatic transformation to the new technology center,” says Morris McCorvey, who is the director of the WCC. “It will be like a completely new space within the Westside Community Center.”

The new technology center will be tailored for student members of the WCC. Membership to the WCC is open to anyone who is interested, young and old alike. Those who wish to learn more about memberships – which are available for individuals and families – can call the WCC’s main number (918-336-6760), inquire by email (m.mccorvey@wccbville.com) or drop by the main office (501 S. Bucy Ave. in Bartlesville).

WCC leadership has been working with area school officials to tailor Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-focused programs which students can take part in at the new technology center. Pre-algebra and algebra programs will be offered since they are some of the foundational subjects which help prepare students for more advanced STEM-focused subjects.

Educators will be brought in to lead the STEM-focused programs – which will be advertised once they are scheduled – while technology center “helpers” will always be on hand to assist students with any needs that they might have, such as how to best utilize the facility or understand a particular subject.

Once it is up and running, the new technology center will feature WiFi-enabled Google Chromebox and iMac devices. There will be 16 individual workstations as well as some collaborative spaces. Positioned at one end of the room, the large interactive white board will help make group projects come to life.

Part of the community for nearly 70 years, the WCC is a member agency of the Bartlesville Regional United Way.

American Electric Power Foundation awards $75,000 to C.J. ‘Pete’ Silas Boys & Girls Club project

Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s parent company foundation, the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation, is pleased to announce the awarding of a $75,000 contribution to provide cutting edge resources for science and art programming labs in the new C.J. “Pete” Silas Boys & Girls Club. For more than 100 years, AEP has invested in the communities served through a variety of corporate philanthropic endeavors. Since 2005, the AEP Foundation has played an active, positive role in the communities where the employees live and work.

“I am thrilled to see the AEP Foundation contribution being offered to the Pete Silas Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville. The Boys & Girls Club has been such a vital partner to parents and guardians to reinforce academic success, community involvement and strong character, and making healthy choices,” said Michael Gordon, External Affairs Manager for Public Service Company of Oklahoma, an AEP company. “The STEAM labs will be another resource to help individuals explore interests in Science Technology Engineering Math, and even Art, and tap into their potential.”

The investment from AEP Foundation will ensure to proper and effective space for enhanced science, technology, engineering, math, and art programming for youth at the Boys & Girls Club. The space will allow for hands on experiments, academic research on lab computers, robotic coursework, and more, with the ultimate goal of Club members’ increased love of learning. In addition to gaining knowledge, members will also expand their critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and team building capabilities.

“We currently offer a wide variety of age appropriate S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) and art programming at the Club. Members are able to apply what they learn to conduct hands on experiments like creating balloon rockets and volcanos,” said Jacob Wilson, Boys & Girls Club Director of Program Development. “We know that the more interactive and fun activities are for our members, the more likely they are to learn and retain the concepts. We look forward to engaging many more youth in arts and sciences in the new lab spaces.”

Construction on the C.J. “Pete” Silas Boys & Girls Club is well underway. The facility will include: a dedicated Teen Center, learning centers, gymnasium, recording studio, outdoor basketball court, and an expanded kitchen to better accommodate the nutrition program. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will partner with the Club to construct an artificial turf multipurpose playing field.

“We are so appreciative of the generous support of the AEP Foundation.  Community support is so vital to our success, and we can’t thank AEP Foundation enough for their support of the C.J. “Pete” Silas Boys & Girls Club,” said Jason Barta, Boys & Girls Club Chief Executive Officer.


Bartlesville Fire Department marks 112 years of service

According to records from the Bartlesville Area History Museum, the Bartlesville volunteer fire department, organized by the Bartlesville Commercial Club, made its first fire run on Jan. 31, 1905, to the Piazza Hotel, located at Third Street and Keeler Avenue.

Despite its 12 volunteer members, including “experienced” firemen Chief F.N. Buck and Capt. Eli Spayd, things didn’t go well as hoped on that first run, records show.

Fire Department launches Honor Guard, marks 112 years of service

Long-time councilor retires seat, vows to keep working for Bartlesville

Ted Lockin may be giving up his seat on the Bartlesville City Council when his term ends next month, but the long-time councilor and former mayor says he won’t stop working for Bartlesville.

Long-time councilor retires seat, vows to keep working for Bartlesville

‘On the Job’ with Kim Inman

At first glance, White Rose Cemetery looks like any other cemetery: a mausoleum, rows of graves, flowers, flags and headstones marking the lives of those buried here. But talk to Cemetery Relations Coordinator Kim Inman for just a minute and you’ll see there is more to the City of Bartlesville-owned cemetery than meets the eye. Everything here, from the flowers on the graves to the symbols on the stones, helps tell the stories of the past — a past that Inman is dedicated to preserving.

Story available at On the Job with Kim Inman

‘On the Job’ with Mike Wickham: Success story

Mike Wickham’s career with the City of Bartlesville is often referred to as a “success story.” From his early days as an abatement officer — the person responsible for mowing too-tall grass and weeds, picking up junk, trash and rubbish and hauling it off — to his current role as senior Neighborhood Services officer, Wickham has worked about every aspect of “codes enforcement.”

Story available at On the Job with Mike Wickham

‘On the Job’ with SRO Korie Plummer: Relationships matter

School Resource Officer Korie Plummer seems born to do the job she has chosen. With just the right mix of “mom” and “cop,” she is as at home in her role as informal counselor and mentor to students as she is peace keeper at the Bartlesville High School campus.

Story available at COB Korie Plumber SRO press release

Studies & Reports

2009 Park and Recreation Master Development Plan

This citizen-driven development plan looks at long-range goals for the City of Bartlesville’s parks and recreation system.

General Obligation Bond Report 2017

This report contains information about the City’s bonding capacity, it’s G.O. bond history and general information.

Capital Needs Report

This report summarizes the City’s capital needs, current and into the foreseeable future.

Water Quality Report 2016

This annual report gives the most recent status of the City’s potable water system.

2016 Bartlesville Fire Department Report

This annual report contains the most recent information on incidents responded to by the Bartlesville Fire Department.