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The museum is open Tues - Sat 10am-4pm
121 N Weenonah Ave, Claremore, OK 74017

Admission Is Free But Donations Are Welcomed


Admission Is Free But Donations Welcome

Our Stories

P. S. Gordon Hall of Fame

Patrick (p.s.) Gordon is a world-renowned artist and painter. He was born to pioneer Claremore parents, Janelle and Jack Gordon, at the Franklin Hospital in 1953, and delivered by his uncle, Dr. Minor Gordon. His aunt, Elizabeth Gordon, was Claremore’s first female mayor and is also a member of the Claremore Hall of Fame. From the age of five, Gordon knew he wanted to be an artist. His mother recognized his talent and began to teach him the fundamentals of painting. In 1965, at age 12, he held his first art show, selling his first painting for $60. By the age of 20, Gordon had gained national attention with his series of one-man exhibitions at the Fishbach Gallery in New York City. After graduating from Claremore High School in 1971, Gordon attended the University of Oklahoma for one year and then transferred to the University of Tulsa, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. In 2003, he was recognized as distinguished alumni from TU. Over the years, Gordon has received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Metropolitan Opera Company of New York, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, and the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa. Gordon was inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame in 2013. Gordon has been praised for his advanced techniques with watercolor, oil, and photography. His artistic creations have been enjoyed by millions around the world.

Bluford Starr – Pioneer of Claremore, Part One

Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time. Published in the May 1957 Ranchman Magazine, by Myron A. Hurd. Bluford Starr – Pioneer of Claremore, Part One Bluford Starr was one of the outstanding pioneer cowmen in the vicinity of Claremore and Inola for

John Melville Bayless: Banker, Builder, and Businessman

Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time Published in Explore Claremore History July 2022, by Christa A. Rice. Banker, builder, and businessman, John Melville Bayless came from Cassville, Missouri, and made significant contributions to the “up building” of Claremore, Indian Territory, before Oklahoma

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