Osage Tribal Museum – 75th Anniversary


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Osage Museum in Pawhuska, OK - Photo by Connie Neumann

I first heard of the Osage Tribal Museum as members of the Laura Ingalls Wilder listserv planned a meeting at the Little House on the Prairie Museum in Independence, Kansas. This meeting was one of the precursors to the founding of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. During the trip some of the group also visited the Osage Tribal Museum, located in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Since then board member Connie Neumann has kept track of what’s going on there and she’s shared the information about their 75th Anniversary.


Connie shared this about her visit:

Rhonda was our guide and was very knowledgeable about the history of the Osage arrival in Indian Territory (1870-71) and the oil allotments during the 1920-30s Oil Boom.  The busts that were made of about 20 tribal leaders in the late 1800s are slowly coming back to the museum from the Smithsonian; there is a ceremony each time one returns.  The building was the original school built in the 1890s.

The LIW friends that went down to visit the Museum that trip in February 2008 were: Barb and Bob Hawkins, Laura McLemore, Amy Finney (LHOP Museum Mgr. at the time) and myself.  We met Sandra Hume and Amy Lauters at the LHOP site but they did not go to the museum with us that day.

For those of you who don’t realize it, the Osage tribe were the specific Native American tribe that the Ingalls family encounters in the book Little House on the Prairie. From the accounts I’ve heard, the museum is very welcoming to Laura Ingalls Wilder fans wanting to know more. For the last 75 years the museum has spread the story of the tribe. Now in honor of its 75th Anniversary they are planning a two day event, Friday, May 3rd – Saturday, May 4th, 2013.


Whether it’s during the event or not, consider adding  a trip to the Osage Tribal Museum in Pawhuska, Oklahoma to your next visit to the Little House on the Prairie Museum site.

Sarah S. Uthoff blogs at TrundleBed Tales; look for her on Twitter and YouTube and Blog Talk Radio
Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association, Vice-President and Membership Chair

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8 comments on “Osage Tribal Museum – 75th Anniversary
  1. laura says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Laura McLemore says:

    I found our visit in 2008 (has it really been that long ago?) to be very interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed to information about the oil leases. I ditto Connie’s comment. Do go visit if you have the opportunity.

  3. Connie in Colorado says:

    If anyone lives near enough to Osage Co. in Oklahoma, try to attend this seminar. There are several historian scholars who will be speaking on all topics Osage. Michelle Martin (current LHOP Museum Manager) plans to attend and will give a summary report afterwards.

  4. maggie says:

    I’m not sure where to post this, but why can’t the “The Laura Community Looses a Friend” be read? None of the responses either. Anyone else having this problem?

    • Laura Welser says:

      Is that the only post you can’t get into, Maggie? Not sure why that would happen.

  5. maggie says:

    Yes, seems to be. I’m reading the First Four Years posts just fine.

  6. Joan Cresimore says:

    I had the same issue with the lost a friend post.

  7. laura says:

    me too.