BA Historical Society Circa 2010 -2015


 

For a number of years this was the Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum's website.
Content is from the site's 2010 - 2014 archived pages and other outside sources.

For the most up-to-date information about the Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum go to their current website at www.brokenarrowmuseum.org/

 

Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum
400 South Main Street
Broken Arrow, OK 74012

 

Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum

Mission Statement



BAHS Museum

Located in historic downtown Broken Arrow, near the site of the original train depot, the Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum's mission is to gather and preserve local and regional history and artifacts that enrich the heritage of our city. The historical society works to share local history in interactive, informative exhibits. 

Peruse our website for information about the museum's, including special exhibits. Visiting the Museum section provides information about location, admission, and hours of operation. The museum's Gift Shop offers guests a variety of "Made in Oklahoma" gifts such as shirts, food, and educational books.

Please remember that the Historical Society and Museum are a non-profit organization and run on the generosity of our members and the local community.  If you are shopping on Amazon this Christmas season, please check for the Historical Society on their Smiles program. A portion of your total will then be donated to the museum.

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The BAHS Museum raises its operational costs through donations, fundraisers, and membership dues. We accept donations in any denomination. You may also submit donations to the museum in person.



 

Visiting the Museum

Museum Hours and Admission

Tuesday through Friday - 10:00a to 4:00p
Saturday - 10:00a to 2:00p
Sunday & Monday - Closed

Call (918) 258-2616 for more information

E-Mail

Admission is $5 adults or $8 for two adults. Members and children under 18 years old are admitted for free.

Location

400 South Main, Broken Arrow, OK 74012
South Main at the railroad tracks

From Creek Turnpike: Exit at South Elm Place. Drive north on Elm Place to Houston Street. Turn east on Houston and follow to Main (4 blocks). Turn north on Main, and we are within view, on the west side of the street.

From Broken Arrow Expressway: Exit at 161st East Avenue (Elm Place). Go south to Kenosha. Turn east on Kenosha and go to Main. Turn south on Main and continue 0.8 miles. Museum is on the west side of Main.

Tours

The museum is open to the public for self-guided tours during normal hours. Docent-led Group Tours are available. Visitors may choose to schedule a tour with a trained docent who will share anecdotes and provide an enriched understanding of exhibits. Each tour is tailored to the age and preferences of the group.

Please call 918-258-2616 to schedule to a docent-led tour. 

 



Membership in the Historical Society

Memberships

Individual membership   $25.00

Family membership        $40.00

Business membership    $150.00

Lifetime, single               $300.00

Lifetime, couple              $500.00

We invite you to join and offer these benefits:

  • Monthly meetings, September to April, feature educational programs
  • Free admission to the museum
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Discounted tickets for the Pioneer Dinner on Rooster Day
  • Advance notice of special events: Holiday Home Tour, Historical Bus Tour, & other special events
  • Special discounts in the Gift Shop and on Rental Space. 

Members also support an annual Historical Society Scholarship for a local senior and are Partners in Education with Centennial Middle School.

The Broken Arrow Historical Society is an educational 501.c.3 non-profit, organized in 1975.

Becoming a member

The BAHS Museum offers potential and renewing members two different ways to join. You may submit an online membership form or you can submit a paper application, which is available at the musem. We also offer current and future members a variety of options to pay for the membership: You can submit a secure payment online through PayPal, or you can mail or submit in person a check. Checks should be mailed to:

The BAHS Museum is a proud member of the Oklahoma Musuem Association.

 



 

Interactive Exhibits Tell Stories...

Muscogee-Creek Town of "Thlikachka" (Broken Arrow)

Go back in time to 1828 when the first Muscogee Creek settlers were arriving from Thlikachka, Alabama. Stories explain how the Muscogee came to be in Indian Territory, traditional lifeways, and legends of the first permanent settlers of the area. Sound tracks add to the setting created within a cedar post roundhouse. Learn why a "broken" arrow isn't really broken at all! One of our most popular exhibits, and the only one of its kind in Oklahoma.

Childers Family Log Cabin

Follow the history of the Childers family and home from 1861 to 1948, and enjoy the workmanship of the hand hewn oaken logs that have endured 150 years. Fully furnished, the full size cabin tells many stories of lifestyles and ways of doing things before electricity.

Katy Railroad Depot

A reproduced depot houses a working scale railroad as well as artifacts from the original MKT depot: luggage cart, china, pullman blanket, ticket window, and salvaged pieces of the old wooden depot.

'Broken Aro' Coal Tipple

Coal was strip mined in eastern Broken Arrow until after World War II. In 1934, Broken Arrow shipped out more rail cars of coal than any other city in the state. Photos and artifacts show the progession of mining technology.

Other exhibits include:

A Tribute to Veterans---Includes Special Story of Lt. Col. Ernest Childers, Medal of Honor Recipient for Valor in World War II.

Rooster Day, Oklahoma's Longest Running Festival

Main Street

Jail Cell from Old City Hall (ca. 1930s)

Cottin Gins & Cotton Jubilee

 



 

YELP REVIEWS

 

jrms63
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Reviewed October 20, 2015
The best in Oklahoma.
Fantastic place to visit and learn about military history from the Revolutionary War to the present. The museum has artifacts of all types of weapons, documents, postors, clothing, etc. I would recommend this to everyone who is interested in learning about the sacrifice American men and women gave so we could all have our freedon. Free guided tours are available from veteran volunteers is a big plus.

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809connie
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Reviewed August 13, 2015
Group visit
I could not believe how well put together this small museum was! The different collections from wars were well represented.The guides were excellent. Who knew there were so many military collectors in this small town. Good trip for any age.
Ask 809connie about Military History Museum

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Jean H
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Reviewed June 30, 2015
Great patriotic history lesson
Wonderful history lesson. They have items from the Revolutionary War up to present. They have an introductory video and docents to guide you through.

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Teri R
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Reviewed March 26, 2015
Entertaining way to learn about US Military History!
This is a new museum in the Rose District in Broken Arrow, OK. It is the collection of a retired Colonel who served in World War II. It is a cozy museum with exhibits that are logically arranged from early conflicts to the most current one. There are items such as snow boots made from rope that were worn in WWII and uniforms, posters, weapons and a film. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and provide information that is not found in the history books. The entry fee for adults is $5 and children under 18 are free and since this is a nonprofit organization, really helps keep the museum up to date. Out in the north courtyard are bricks with names of soldiers and dates of their service, along with flags from all the branches of service. It's a great place to go to see history and feel how special our Military service men and women are for their service.

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