A peek into Tulsa’s past

Check out this educational video from the 1950s showing Tulsa’s history, economic base, and impending challenges. At 15 minutes and 25 seconds, it’s a little long, but it’s worth a look:

Our neighbors over at the University of Tulsa are featured prominently. Notice the tone of the film when the narrator talks about TU’s role as a co-ed university and the involvement of women in campus government organizations. We take it for granted now, but that sort of thing would have been pretty cutting-edge at the time.

How many Tulsa landmarks do you recognize in the film? Many of them are still standing. Tulsa is a great place for historians to come face-to-face with the past, as our streets are lined with buildings that date to the city’s early years. Indulge your inner history buff with a weekend at the Campbell Hotel. Built in 1927 and lovingly restored over a period of two years, the Campbell is the ideal starting point for a rendezvous with the past. Enjoy modern amenities — including free Wi-Fi and a business center perfect for printing out maps and searching online archives for links to the past — in rooms that evoke images of the city’s youth, then head out to explore Tulsa’s many historic structures, from the modest to the majestic.

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