News from Voices of Oklahoma…

David Green–Hobby Lobby

Among Forbes magazine’s list of wealthiest Americans, the net worth of Oklahoma’s David Green of Hobby Lobby is reported to be $6 billion. But there was a very simple beginning and you can listen to David Green in Chapter 4, “$600.00,” talk about how his business began:

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Vandevers Department Store

In the 1950’s, Vandevers Department Store was the go-to department store in Tulsa. Customers could purchase anything ranging from Levi jeans to a full-length mink coat.

Listen to the full story of the five Vandever brothers, as told by, nephew and son Bill Vandever.

Senator Inhofe Interview

On his way to becoming Oklahoma’s Senior Senator, Jim Inhofe discusses his journey and the unexpected loss of elections along the way. Listen to his oral history as Jim opens up about the loss of his son Perry and the impact it had on his life. As well as, stories of flying, his personal insight on global warming and his advice to young individuals pursuing a field in politics.

Listen and share Senator Inhofe’s influential story.

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.