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Oklahoma

Best of Oklahoma: From Tulsa to Tahlequah

Program No. 23215RJ
At art, history and culture museums, explore the diverse heritage of Tulsa, from its beginnings as an Indian Territory, to the prosperity that followed its 1901 oil boom — and beyond.
Length
7 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
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1,599

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Apr 16 - Apr 22, 2023
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1,599
Oct 22 - Oct 28, 2023
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Oct 29 - Nov 4, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
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Apr 16 - Apr 22, 2023
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1,829
Oct 22 - Oct 28, 2023
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1,829
Oct 29 - Nov 4, 2023
Starting at
1,829

At a Glance

When oil was discovered in Tulsa in 1901, the little frontier town exploded with prosperity. In the oil boom years that followed, the city’s downtown developed with Art Deco architecture, and the Greenwood neighborhood became the wealthiest African American community in Oklahoma, bustling with the sounds of jazz, blues and — later — the Tulsa Massacre. Travel to the “Oil Capital of the World” to study the city’s diverse history, art and culture at museums across the city and the surrounding area, including Greenwood Rising, the Philbrook Museum and more.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily, sometimes on unpaved terrain and standing at museums.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn about the Trail of Tears at the John Ross Museum, and explore Tahlequa—the capital city of the Cherokee Nation.
  • Visit the Woody Guthrie Center and the Will Rogers Memorial Museum to learn about the lives and legacies of two of Oklahoma’s most famous former residents.
  • Discover amazing art and architecture throughout the city and at museums like the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.
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Tari Intardonato
A born traveler, Tari Intardonato was a teacher for many years before taking her skills to the road. She enjoys leading field trips with Road Scholar, during which she shares her knowledge and love of presidential libraries, history, textiles, and little out-of-the-way gems. Tari is an avid reader and loves sewing, watching British TV shows, and spending time with her family.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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A born traveler, Tari Intardonato was a teacher for many years before taking her skills to the road. She enjoys leading field trips with Road Scholar, during which she shares her knowledge and love of presidential libraries, history, textiles, and little out-of-the-way gems. Tari is an avid reader and loves sewing, watching British TV shows, and spending time with her family.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District (Images of America)
by Hannibal B. Johnson
Hidden History of Tulsa
by Steve Gerkin
Cherokee Nation: A History of Survival, Self Determination and Identity
by Dr. Bob Blackburn, Dr. Duane King, and Dr. Neil Morton
Requiem for the Massacre: A Black History on the Conflict, Hope and Fallout of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
by RJ Young
Requiem for the Massacre is a cultural excavation of Tulsa one hundred years after one of the worst acts of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. Young provides a firsthand account of the centennial events commemorating Tulsa's darkest day as the city attempts to reckon with its self-image, commercialization of its atrocity, and the aftermath of the massacre that shows how things have changed and how they have stayed woefully the same
Bound for Glory
by Woody Guthrie
A partially fictionalized autobiography of folk singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
by David Grann
Mankiller: A Chief and Her People
by Wilma Mankiller and Michael Wallis
An autobiography by Wilma Mankiller, the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Tulsa: Where the Streets Were Paved With Gold (Images of America)
by Clyda R. Franks and Kenny Franks





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