In 2015, Tulsa City-County Library and the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art presented the exhibition Tulsa: A New Home at the Hardesty Regional Library in conjunction with the Library's Adult Summer Reading Program. The exhibition celebrated early Jewish immigrants to Tulsa and their impact on the broader community.
This online exhibit complemented and extended the physical exhibit and presented a more in-depth look at some of our collections.
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Jacob Leon "Yasha" Rivkin was born in Kiev and studied at the Chicago Art Institute. He opened his Tulsa photography studio in 1917. His son, David, became the official photographer for the annual International Oil Exposition at Tulsa's fairgrounds, and the family business operated in Tulsa for over 50 years.
The son of Russian Jews, Dr. Daniel J. Boorstin was an honor graduate of Tulsa Central High School in 1930, went to Harvard University at the age of 15, attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, was director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History), won a Pulitzer in 1973 for The Americans, and was 12th Librarian of Congress.
Alfred Aaronson was 20 when he came to Tulsa in 1913. He became one of the founders of the Mid-Co Petroleum Corporation and founded Tuloma Oil Company. He built the (demolished) Court Arcade Building at 6th and Boulder, which housed the common pleas courts and other county-related offices until a new courthouse was built. Aaronson retired at 65 to focus on civic leadership. He was largely responsible for Tulsa's acquisition of Gilcrease Museum, spearheaded the drive for Tulsa's City-County Library system and downtown Central Library, and helped establish the Tulsa County Historical Society. He spoke out against housing discrimination and worked to develop a fully integrated community. Aaronson left "Tulsa A Better Place For His Efforts."
Sadie worked as a court reporter at the Tulsa County Courthouse for almost fifty years. She narrates those experiences here.
Gussman discusses the early organization of the Tulsa Philharmonic, the location of the theater, and the artists that came to Tulsa.
Mrs. Gussman talks about her family experiences, focusing on lifestyles from 1919-1929. Some discussions include the Tulsa Race Riot, Arkansas flood, trolley cars, the Rexall Drug scandal, early oil people, the Jewish community, Edna Ferber, and the Philharmonic.
Louis Kerbel was a Russian Jew who came to Tulsa in 1915. He discusses early Tulsa professional wrestling, the Tulsa Race Riot, early sheriff elections, and the influenza epidemic in 1919.
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