Tulsa Historical Society

Tulsa Historical Society

Tulsa, OK 74114
Tax ID73-0795545

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THSM's mission is to illuminate the past, enrich the present, and inspire future generations by collecting, preserving, and presenting Tulsa's history. Tulsa Historical Society & Museum's mission is: to illuminate the past, enrich the present, and inspire future generations by collecting, preserving and presenting Tulsa's history. Established in 1965, THSM holds an extensive collection, including more than 250,000 still photographs, books, maps, documents, textiles and architectural elements, and fine and decorative arts. The Tulsa Historical Society & Museum is Tulsa's only museum dedicated to collecting, preserving, and presenting a look at Tulsa's rich history.


It is an honor and certainly a privilege to serve as the Executive Director of the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum. I have been employed by THSM for almost 18 years and have definitely seen growth and change. I am grateful for our board, our members, our volunteers and especially a professional staff. Our community is in a much better place because of their commitment to telling all of Tulsas stories. I.2018 Highlights 1.Museum Numbers A.7,011 museum visitors B.1,168 off-site historical presentations C.Michelle spoke to appx 3,000 D.THSM hosted 37 special events book signings, lectures ALL FREE of CHARGE E.Our website had 333,188 views, FB 15,903, Twitter 8,693 and Instagram 754 2.Hosted Chautauqua for the third year with attendance of 1,528 3.Hall of Fame was the highest gross and net revenue generator in its history. 4.The Kiosk generated net revenues 50% over budget 5.Exhibits A.THSM presented 11 new gallery and community spotlight and off-site exhibits B.The Oklahoma Museum Association awarded THSM the Outstanding Exhibit Award for the Tulsa Race Riot/Spirit of Greenwood traveling exhibit C.1,640 students have seen that exhibit D.1921 Tulsa Race Riot Commemorative Commission purchased two copies. E.Applied for a grant to get the exhibit out across the state. F.In 2019, we will partner with Tulsa Community College on exhibits 6.Oral Histories A.More than 60 histories were recorded in 2018 B.We now have 140 oral histories recorded C.Thank you to our Guardians who are shouldering most of that work 7.Archival A.9,897 artifacts and images were added to our digital collection 8.Website A.Long dreamed of project B.Launched in the Spring of 2019 9.Museum Assessment Program (MAP) A. Evaluation by the American Museum Association B.Board Long Range Planning meeting C.Site visit by AMA rep D.Assessed our strengths and weaknesses E.Convinced us that we can apply for accreditation 10.Ldor Vdor A.Three year project B.56 oral histories averaging two hours each now preserved C.Premiered Circle Cinema and Jewish Campus 300 attending both screenings D.Circle continued to show it November 16 to December 31 with multiple screening per day. E.Contract is signed for public television F.Film Festivals G.Other Jewish Museums H.Showings scheduled for Harvard Avenue Disciples of Christ, 1st Presbyterian, Boston Avenue Church, Phillips Seminary and Rotarians 11.Guardians A.63 Active members in 2018 B.Provided 6,176 hours at $24.96 = $154,153

Interesting data from their 2020 990 filing

The filing specifies the mission of the non-profit as “The mission of tulsa historical society & museum is to illuminate the past, enrich the present, and inspire future generations by collecting, preserving and presenting tulsa's history.”.

When explaining its duties, they were described as: “To collect, protect and present tulsa's history”.

  • The state in which the non-profit is authorized to operate legally is OK.
  • According to the filing, the address of the non-profit for the year 2020 is 2445 South Peoria Avenue, Tulsa, OK, 741141326.
  • The non-profit has reported 6 employees on their form for the year 2020.
  • Does not operate a hospital.
  • Does not operate a school.
  • Collects art.
  • Does not provide credit counseling.
  • Does not have foreign activities.
  • Is not a donor advised fund.
  • Is not a private foundation.
  • Expenses are greater than $1,000,000.
  • Revenue is between $500,000 and $1,000,000+.
  • Revenue less expenses is -$275,030.
  • The CEO compensation strategy within the organization is determined through a thorough evaluation and endorsement by an independent source.
  • The organization elects its board members.
  • The organization has 0 independent voting members.
  • The organization was formed in 1963.
  • The organization has a written policy that addresses conflicts of interest.
  • The organization is required to file Schedule B.
  • The organization is required to file Schedule O.
  • The organization pays $413,096 in salary, compensation, and benefits to its employees.
  • The organization pays $48,296 in fundraising expenses.
  • The organization has minutes of its meetings.
  • The organization has a written whistleblower policy.
  • The organization has fundraising events.
  • The organization's financial statements were reviewed by an accountant.

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