News from Voices of Oklahoma…

Frank Robson Interview

Listen to Frank Robson talk about his early school days in Claremore, his experience as a pots and pans salesman and his journey to become a very successful businessman and philanthropist. He talks about his brother-in-law Sam Walton with warmth and respect. Share Frank Robson’s story with your friends and family as you enjoy a glimpse of the sweet spirit of his story.

Honoring American Veterans

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice between Germany and Allied nations came into effect. In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated. And so we honor all American veterans, wherever and whenever they have served.

Voices of Oklahoma is proud to feature two WWII veterans, Paul Andert and Rex Calvert.

Their stories will make you proud and grateful!

  • Listen to Paul Andert’s interview
  • Listen to Rex Calvert’s interview


Voices of Oklahoma joins the University of Tulsa

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at the University of Tulsa is the new home of the statewide oral history project Voices of Oklahoma. Dedicated to the preservation of Oklahoma history, Voices of Oklahoma has collected the stories of more than 160 individuals who shaped state culture, character and industry. Voices of Oklahoma enhances TU’s teaching, research and service mission while offering unique first-person accounts for students and faculty to examine the state’s history. TU not only will house and archive the Voices of Oklahoma, but will also provide student internships and support to assure its continued expansion.

About the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities was founded in 2014 to foster a deeper understanding of the human condition.  The center will serve as a meeting ground for professional scholars and as a forum for public engagement.  The organization’s director, Sean Latham, is the university’s Pauline Walter Professor of English and Comparative Literature. For more information, please visit the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities website. 

NEWS–Coming Soon…

A major announcement regarding this oral history website is coming soon!

Coney Island Hot Wieners

Anyone ready for a Coney I-Lander coney? While many restaurants have come and gone, Coney Island Hot Wieners have become a tradition dating as far back as 1926. This marks the second-oldest continuously operated restaurant in Tulsa and continues to blossom. Greek Immigrant, Chis Economou, opened his first Coney Island restaurant in 1919 in Pennsylvania. His son Jim Economou believes the restaurant survived the Depression and other economic struggles because of the affordability of the product. Listen here as Jim tells how Coney Island rose to be the long-lasting tradition of so many of our lives as he carries on the legacy of his father.

Mullendore Mystery

September 26th, 2014 marked the 44th Anniversary of the unsolved Mullendore Mystery where E.C. Mullendore was murdered on his own ranch in Osage County. The question of who shot E.C. is further explored in the interview with Sheriff George Wayman who was there moments after the murder. Listen here as he gives his personal account of the happenings of that tragic evening and delves into details never heard before. Both Sheriff Wayman and Holton Payne unveil the shocking series of events that led up to the murder and aid in tying up some loose ends.

News from Voices of Oklahoma

Take the opportunity to come visit the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Osage County near Pawhuska, Oklahoma after listening to the captivating history behind it. Let this interview enhance your experience as you truly engage in the history behind the star focal point of the preserve: the bison. See for yourself the breathtaking view as the leaves and grass change colors before your very eyes as this landmark is continually and beautifully preserved. Enjoy the story and your visit.

Coming Soon:

On Sept 26, 1970, E.C. Mullendore was shot and murdered on his own ranch in Osage County. Tune in as Sheriff George Wayman, who was the Sheriff of Osage County at the time of the murder, shares his experience of this historical murder. After all these years the crime of this murder has remained unsolved…

The Story of Will Rogers and Wiley Post

In the summer of 1935, Will Rogers, an active proponent of aviation, took a sightseeing trip to Alaska with a fellow Oklahoman and world-renowned aviator, Wiley Post. The plane Wiley was flying was an experimental and top-heavy hybrid of Lockheed Explorer and Orion parts. On August 15, 1935 their trip ended early as the plane crashed near Point Barrow, Alaska, which killed both men.

Coke Meyer, the grandniece of Will Rogers, talks about that day in Chapter 8 of her interview. Doris Lane Meyer, nicknamed Coke, was 16 years old on that fatal day. When you continue to listen to the interview, Chapter 9 has the tribute given by President Franklin Roosevelt.

People all around the world were taken aback by this tragedy and they all have their personal account of how it affected their life. In our interview with Henry Zarrow, he talks about Will Rogers and the accounts of that tragic day.  Listen to Chapter 8 to hear the story firsthand.

100 Women with Moxie

To celebrate their centennial in a remarkable way, the YWCA Tulsa will recognize 100 women that have shaped Tulsa by their honorable quality of moxie. Sharon King Davis will host this event on December 2, 2014. Voices of Oklahoma was fortunate enough to have 7 of these remarkable ladies share their oral history with Voices of Oklahoma. These include: Betty Boyd, Nancy Feldman, Peggy Helmerich, Nancy McDonald, Lynn Schusterman, Eva Unterman and Maxine Zarrow. Listen to their stories and you will hear why they were chosen as one of the 100 leading ladies of Tulsa.