Permanent Gallery Exhibits

Museum displaysThe museum's permanent gallery features exhibits about the history of Sand Springs and life in an early 20th century industrial community.

 

Celebrating 100 Years of Sand Springs

If you haven't had the chance to visit the museum lately, you're in for a delightful surprise. Our exhibits have been updated to offer a fresh perspective on Charles Page's vision of an industrial community. You'll discover a fascinating array of items that provide insight into his dream, including surveying and office equipment, a poultry farm, dairy, railway, dam, and a glimpse into recreation at Sand Springs Lake Park. Additionally, you'll find personal family legacy stories that add a personal touch to the history.

The industry section showcases the evolution of Sand Springs with exhibits like the Power Plant (1911), Kerr Chimney Plant (1914), the Cotton Mill and Greenhouse (1940s), the Box Factory, Armco/Sheffield, and many other businesses that have come, gone, or remained in the community over the past century.

The people section brings to life the diverse and rich character of the community. It features profiles of athletes, doctors, performers, artists, educators, celebrities, photographers, politicians, and even an astronaut. You'll also get to see the transformation of the police and fire departments, which started as volunteer services and eventually acquired modern uniforms and vehicles as the town grew. The section also highlights the various community activities that took place at churches, events, and civic clubs.

A visit to the museum is a journey through time, offering a deeper understanding of the community's history and the vision that shaped it into what it is today.


 Sand Springs Home & Widow's Colony Exhibit

Sand Springs is Oklahoma's only planned industrial town.  In 1907, entrepreWidow's Colonyneur and oilman, Charles Page, sent Salvation Army worker Brinton F. Breeding and a group of orphaned children and widows to his land west of Tulsa to begin a children's home and widow's colony.  Building what some called a folly, Page developed a total community to provide for his children's home and widow's colony.  The museum's permanent exhibit chronicles the story of Charles Page, the Sand Springs Home and Widow's colony, and life in an early 20th century industrial town.