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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Last weekend, hubby and I were in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
What a treat to see all the beautiful fall colors and enjoy the crisp autumn air.
The two things that brought us here was to visit the Gilcrease Museum and participating in the world's largest gun show.

These were some views from our hotel room window

I was determined to get to the Gilcrease Museum to view the special viewing of the 101 collection. I was not prepared for it to be focused on those that became stars from being part of the Wild West show like Tom Mix etc. but I was thrilled to see two wonderful pictures of my lady Bessie, one of which I had never seen. For those of you who may not realize I wrote the book "Buckskin Bessie Her Lost Letters" and it was her discovered and purchased letters and a two year research that made it all possible so of course any new information, picture and etc. is cause for excitement. I was also pleasantly surprised that they quoted information from one of the letters published in the book BUT they did not credit the book with the quote. I spoke to them about it and after arriving home received a phone call and they have agreed to cite it. Wished I was near there so I could check it out but will just have to take their word for it. I was shocked to see this because when I wrote the book it was CRITICAL to site my sources.

I think the most outstanding thing of the display was the painting of Joe is just awesome and they also have a wonderful display of Princess Wenona's things, including her engraved rifle.

Now for the gun show...It is the largest in the world......this is just a few pictures that doesn't begin to give you any real view of the thing.............

There were 4,000 tables and each one is 6 ft. long. Let me tell you it is so big you can't even walk the whole thing....two levels worth. We sat there for two days (me knitting) and sold nothing until we began packing up and low and behold we sold four guns....whew!
Blogger, Grannie Annie and I were all set to meet there but at the last minute she had to cancel...we were both disappointed but who knows....there may be another time.
Now for the gun show....I don't claim to be the world's biggest gun fan.... but I did enjoy the animal pelts that were for sale and especially the White Artic Fox...the softest thing I have ever touched...the diamond ring that was for sale that was shaped like an arrowhead and the purses that were handmade using pelts and cloth and the elephant tusks and dinosaur eggs were pretty interesting too. I also nearly finished the stocking cap I am knitting for charity and enjoyed being wined and dined so not a bad way to spend the weekend.


JeanMac said...

Can't even imagine how large that show was. Glad you sold - eventually:)

bigbikerbob said...

Hi, Glad you enjoyed the show and eventually sold a few guns, although I'm sure there will be a few that don,t share your enjoyment of some of the pelts, especialy the cute looking Artic Fox.

Mevely317 said...

It's good to have you back! The Gilcrease sounds fascinating .. I'd never heard of it.

BTW, I like your new design!

Sherry Martschink said...

Nice pictures. Sounds like you had an enjoyable time.

Granny Annie said...

Man I'm still so sick that we couldn't get there. It was my plan to walk around the show and shill for my favorite book, BUCKSKIN BESSIE HER LOST LETTERS. You need to promote a Christmas special and offer bloggers ordering them for gifts a promise of autographed copies. Anyone who doesn't have one should get one now!

sheoflittlebrain said...

Wonderful post Changes! It looks like you picked exactly the right time to visit the Gilcrease! The size of that gun show is mind boggling..I would probably have gotten claustrophobic.
I'm glad you had a great time, and I'm glad you're back:)