A DECADE OF RCHS FUN RAISING EVENTS

PAST EVENTS 2021


Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park BBQ fundraiser, Saturday, June 26, 2021, noon - 4pm.


Garden Party Tea fundraiser at the Belvidere Mansion, Saturday, June 19, 2021, 4pm.


Happy 30th Anniversary Rogers County Historical Society & Belvidere Mansion - April 1991 - April 2021.


Happy 50th Anniversary Rogers County Historical Society - February 25, 1971 - February 2021.


RCHS is awarded an Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant to update signage for Totem Pole Park and Belvidere Mansion.

PAST EVENTS 2020


Christmas at the Belvidere. November - December 2020.


RCHS New Website Refresh. December 2020.


The Gift Shop at the Belvidere changes hands to Shari Beguine Pink House restaurant owner. November 2020.


Dickens on the Boulevard, Belvidere Mansion Open House. Friday, November 20, 2020. Saturday, November 21, 2021, Canceled due to Covid-19.


Tombstone Tales, Woodlawn Cemetery Walking Tour. Thursday & Friday, October 29 & 30, 5pm & 7pm.


Totem Pole Park Bluegrass Jam Celebrating Completion of the Big Totem Pole Restoration Work (5-year restoration effort). Saturday, August 15, 2020, 2pm till dark.


RCHS Board of Directors adopts its updated Strategic Plan. "Mission Statement: Rogers County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving historic landmarks and promoting our shared history."


RCHS Meeting: Monday, March 30, 2020, 6:00pm. Speaker: Violinist Jana Jae Canceled due to Covid-19 Pandemic. All other RCHS Member Meetings Canceled for the year.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, February 24, 2020, 6pm. Speaker: Rogers State University President, Dr. Larry & Peggy Rice - Transitions of Rogers State University.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, January 27, 2020, 6pm. Speaker: Dana Ward Shouse, daughter of Rogers County Sheriff Amos G. Ward.


RCHS is awarded an Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant for strategic planning.

PAST EVENTS 2019

RCHS receives Best of Claremore Award 2019 - Non-Profit Organization .


RCHS Meeting: Monday, November 25, 2019, 7pm. Speaker: Executive Director of the Woodie Guthrie Center, Deana McCloud.


Dickens on the Boulevard, Open House Belvidere Mansion. November 22& 23, 2019.

Christmas at the Belvidere. November - December 2019.


Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Case 12-24: The Cedar Tree Caper. November 8th & 9th, 2019.


Restoring Route 66 Landmarks: Totem Pole Park. Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6 pm.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, October 28, 2019, 7pm. Speaker: Executive Director Claremore Main Street, Jacob Garrison - Looking Forward.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, September 30, 2019, 7pm. Speaker: Rogers State University History Professor Dr. Jane Johansson, Civil War in teh Trans-Mississippi.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, August 26, 2019, 7pm. Speaker: Alex London, Tulsa Air & Space Museum.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, July 29, 2019, 7pm. Speaker: Artist, William Franklin, founder of Decopolis and the Tulsa Art Deco Museum.


RCHS Meeting: June 24, 2019, 7pm. Speaker: Rogers State University Assistant Professor, Dr. David Bath - History of Eastern University Preparatory School to Rogers State University.


RCHS Meeting: May 20, 2019, 7pm. Speaker: Executive Director Oklahoma Historical Society Dr. Bob Blackburn. Canceled.


RCHS Meeting: April 29, 2019, 7pm. Speaker: Native American Historian, J.D. Colbert, Samuel Davis Murder.


RCHS Meeting: March 25, 2019, 7pm. Speaker: Executive Director Tulsa Historical Society Michelle Place, Jane Hurd Clinton, bringing culture to Tulsa.


Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, The Death House. Friday & Saturday, March 8 & 9, 2019.


RCHS Meeting: February 25, 2019, 7pm. Speaker: John Cary, Update on the Belvidere Mansion.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, January 28, 2019, 7pm. Speaker: Claremore Historian Christa Rice - Tour the Town, Virtual Tour of Claremore, 1916.

PAST EVENTS 2018


Christmas Homes Tour. Saturday, December 8, 2018, 10am - 4pm.


Christmas at the Belvidere, November - December 2018.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, November 26, 2018, 7pm. Speaker: Retired Navy Veteran, Ken Collins - Military History Center.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, October 29, 2018, 7pm. Open House at the Mayberry Mansion.


Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, The Wagon Wheel Turns. Friday & Saturday, October 12 & 13, 2018, 6pm.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, September 24, 2018, 7pm. Speaker: Dr. Ray Brown, Claremore Main Street Survey.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, August 27, 2018, 7pm. Speaker: Asst. Director, Will Rogers Memorial Museums, Jake Krumwiede.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, July 30, 2018, 7pm. Canceled.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, June 25, 2018, 7pm. Speaker: Director of Marland Mansion Estate, Ponca City, David Keathly.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, May 28, 2018, 7pm. Canceled. Memorial Day.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, April 30, 2018, 7pm. Speaker: Curator of History at Gilcrease Museum, Mark Dolph.


Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Disco Lives Again - Or Not! Friday & Saturday, April 6 & 7, 2018, 6pm.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, March 26, 2018, 7pm. Speaker: Curator of History at Gilcrease Museum, Mark Dolph. Postponed.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, February 26, 2018, 7pm. Claremore Main Street Executive Director, Jessica Jackson.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, January 29, 2018, 7pm. Speakers: Ray Brown, Claremore Buildings on the National Register of Historic Places; David Anderson, Totem Pole Park updates, and John Cary, updates on the Belvidere Mansion.

PAST EVENTS 2017


Christmas Homes Tour. Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10am-4pm.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, November 27, 2017, 7pm. Speaker: Will Rogers Impersonator, Andy Hogan.


Dickens on the Boulevard, Belvidere Mansion Open House. Friday & Saturday, November 17 & 18, 2017.


Christmas at the Belvidere. November - December 2017.


Mayhem at the Mansion. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 26, 27 & 28, 2017, 7-10pm.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, October 23, 2017, 7pm. Speaker: Ray Bingham, Oklahoma Outlaws Ed Reed and Co.


Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. The Secret of the Book. Friday & Saturday, October 13 & 14, 2017.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, August 28, 2017, 7pm. Speaker: Pink House Restaurant Owner, Shari Bergin - Transitioning to the Belvidere Mansion October 2017.

RCHS Meeting: July. Canceled due to transition.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, June 26, 2017, 7pm. Speaker: Executive Director Claremore Main Street, Jessica Jackson.

BBQ and Music Fest, Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park. Saturday, June 10, 2017, 12-4:30pm. Hosted by David & Patsy Anderson.

June 8, 2017, SHPO Presents 2017 Citation of Merit - Oklahoma Historical Society's State Historic Preservation Office, to Daivd and Patsy Anderson, Margo Hoover, and Erin Turner for teh historic Ed Galloway Totem Pole Park preservation project. https://www.okhistory.org/about/pressrelease.php?id=581

RCHS Meeting: Monday, May 22, 2017, 7pm. Speakers: Vintage Property Developers, Justin & Audrey Michael - Haberdashery & Twin Oaks Hotel.

Mom & Me Tea. Saturday, May 13, 2017, 3:00-4:30 pm.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, April 25, 2017, 7pm. Speaker: Oklahoma Photographer Patrick Clancy - Portraits of Historic Oklahoma Landscapes.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater - Brother Love's House of Peace and Enlightenment. Friday & Saturday, April 21 & 22, 2017, 6pm.


"Oklahoma Historical Society 2017 State Historic Preservation Office Citation of Merit" awarded to David and Patsy Anderson, Margo Hoover, and Erin Turner in special recognition for the Ed Galloway Totem Pole Park restoration project. March 2017.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, March 27, 2017, 7pm. Speaker: Playwright, Mark Ogle.

Victorian Spring Tea. Saturday, March 25, 2017, 4pm.

RCHS Meeting: Monday February 27, 2017, 7pm. Speaker: Claremore Collective Executive Director, Meggie Froman-Knight.

Valentine's Day Dinner for Two at the Romantic Belvidere Mansion. February 14, 2017.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, January 30, 2017, 7pm. Speaker: Author, Carol Daivs, The Indian Battle of Claremore Mound.

PAST EVENTS 2016

Breakfast with Santa. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 9am - noon.

RCHS Christmas Homes Tour. Saturday, December 3, 10am - 4pm.

RCHS Meeting: November 28, 2016, 7pm. Speaker - Janette Parker, Astronaut Col. USAF Stuart Roosa.

Dickens of a Tea. Saturday, November 19, 2016, 4-6pm.

Dickens on the Boulevard Open House. Friday & Saturday, November 18 & 19, 2016.

Christmas at the Belvidere - November - December, 2016.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater - A Friendly Light in the Window. Friday & Saturday, October 28 & 29, 6pm.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, October 24, 2016, 7pm. Speaker: Playwright, Mark Ogle.

RCHS Fall Old Homes Tour: Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10am - 4pm.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, September 26, 2016, 7pm. Speaker: Will Rogers Interpreter, Mr. Andy Hogan.

RCHS Meeting: August 29, 2016, 7pm. Speaker: Will Rogers Memorial Museum Executive Director, Tad Jones.

Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Restoration - David & Patsy Anderson, Margo Hoover, and Erin Turner.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, July 25, 2016, 7pm. Speaker: Executive Director Claremore Main Street, Jessica Jackson.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, June 27, 7pm. Speaker: Claremore Historian, 92-year-old Bill Larkin.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, May 23, 2016, 7pm. Speaker: Relative of Claremore Builder Laban Barcus, Rob Melton.

Vintage Afternoon Tea at the Belvidere Mansion. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2-4pm.

Rogers State University Documentaries - Students Justin Payne, Nick Buttram, and Thomas Walkingstick, with Professor Lee Williams create documentary fill about first lady, Mary Bayless. A second team, Austin Burwell, Micah McCombs, and Greg Sewell creates a Will Rogers Hotel documentary. May 17, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MEj2OPR8WA

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater - The Prohibition Party, an Evening of Intrigue. Friday & Saturday, April 15 &16, 2016, 5:30 pm.

RCHS Meeting: Monday April 25, 2016, 7pm. Speaker: Jesse Chisholm Interpreter, Ivan Pace.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, March 28, 2016, 7pm. Speaker: Claremore Historian, Gerome Riley.

Downton Abbey Tea and Vintage Fashion Show. Friday & Saturday, March 11 & 12, 2016, 4pm.


Leadership Rogers County tours the Belvidere Mansion. Speaker: Belvidere Mansion Director, John Cary. March 9, 2016.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, February 29, 7pm. Speaker: Executive Director Claremore Convention & Visitor's Bureau, Tanya Andrews.

Sweetheart Dinner for Two. Saturday, February 13, 2016, 5pm & 7:30pm.

Belvidere Mansion Tea Room is dedicated to Kathy Wilken for many years of service. Kathy Wilken and Sarah Allen retire from Tea Room management.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, January 25, 2016, 7pm. Speaker: Cherie Lawson, Identifying Ancestors in Vintage Family Photos.

PAST EVENTS 2015

RCHS Christmas Homes Tour. Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10am - 4pm.

RCHS Meeting: Christmas Party. Monday, November 30, 2015, 7pm. Speaker: Bobbie Cary shares vintage home décor.

Christmas at the Belvidere. November - December, 2015.

Belvidere Mansion Downton Abbey Christmas Tea. Saturday, November 21, 2015, 4pm.

Dickens on the Boulevard, Belvidere Mansion Open House. Friday & Saturday, November 20 & 21, 2015.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, October 26, 2015, 7pm. Speaker: Clem V. Rogers Interpreter, Ivan Pace.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater - Death Before Dinner! Friday & Saturday, October 23 & 24, 2015, 7pm.

RCHS Old Home Tour 2015. Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10am - 4pm.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, September 28, 2015, 7pm. Speaker: Genealogist, Robin Reed.

RCHS Meeting: August 31, 2015, 7pm. Speaker: Playwright, Mark Ogle.

Lunch with Mrs. Bayless. Friday, August 28, 2015,10:30am.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, July 27, 2015, 7pm. Speakers: David Anderson & Erin Turner, Totem Pole Restoration Presentation.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, June 29, 2015, 7pm, Speaker: Claremore, Brandon Irby.

Totem Pole Park BBQ & Music Fest: June 20, 2015.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, May 18, 2015, 7pm. Speaker: Will Rogers Interpreter, Andy Hogan.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, April 27, 2015, 7pm. Speaker: Mrs. Mary Bayless Interpreter, Christa Rice, "An Evening with Mary Bayless!"

RCHS Meeting: Monday, March 30, 2015, 7pm. Speaker: Minisa Crumbo Halsey.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: The Apartment House, Friday & Saturday, April 10 & 11, 2015, 6pm.

Questers Visit the Belvidere Mansion - "A Visit with Mrs. Bayless," Monday, March 9, 2015.

Downton Abbey Tea! Saturday, March 13, 14 & 18, 2015, 4pm.

"History Comes Alive with Madam C.J. Walker." Friday, March 6, 2015, 4pm. Speaker: Character Interpreter, Sheila Arnold.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, February 23, 2015, 7pm. Canceled.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, January 26, 2015, 7pm. Author, John Wooley, Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park.

PAST EVENTS 2014

Christmas at the Belvidere. November - December 2014.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, November 24, 2014. Speaker: Producer Jim Halsey.

Dickens on the Boulevard, Belvidere Mansion Open House. Saturday & Sunday, November 21-22, 2014. Mark Ogle Ghost Stories.

Downton Abbey Christmas Tea. Wednesday & Thursday, November 19-20, 2014.


Murder Mystery Dinner Theater - The Ghost of the Mansion. Mark Ogle and Dan Huey. Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25, 2014.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, October 27, 2014. Speaker: Artist P.S. (Patrick) Gordon at Will Rogers Memorial.

RCHS Fall Old Home Tour. Saturday, October 11, 2014.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, September 29, 2014. Speaker: Claremore Historian, Gerome Riley.

RCHS visit to Bayless-Salyer House, Cassville, Missouri. Friday, September 26, 2014.

Belvidere Letter to the Editor, Tulsa World and Claremore Daily Progress. September 2014.

Friends of the Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO) Luncheon at the Belvidere Mansion. Michael Wallis, Guest. September 5, 2014.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, June 30, 2014. Speaker: Philip Viles – Cattle Brands, Rogers County.

Old Hollywood Glitz & Glam Tea. Saturday, June 21, 2014.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, May 19, 2014. Speaker: Dr. Bob Blackburn, Oklahoma Historical Society.


RCHS Meeting: Monday, April 24, 2014. Tour through the Will Rogers Hotel with John Cary.

Downton Abbey Tea! Thursday & Saturday, March 13 & 22, 2014.

PAST EVENTS 2013

Christmas at the Belvidere. November - December 2013.

Dickens of a Tea. November 21, 2013.

RCHS Fall Old Home Tour. October 12, 2013.

“Elementary My Dear,” Sherlock Holmes Event. Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Gatsby Tea - Puttin’ on the Ritz. Saturday, June 8, 2013.

Downton Abbey Tea. Thursday, March 21, 2013.


PAST EVENTS 2012


Christmas at the Belvidere, November 6 - December 2012.

Channel 2 News at the Belvidere Mansion, Claremore. December 15, 2012.

RCHS Fall Old Home Tour. Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Great Gatsby Gala at the Will Rogers Museum with the Vintage Girls. Saturday, September 22, 2012.

Vintage Affair. Saturday, May 19, 2012.

High Tea and Hats Fashion Show with the Vintage Girls. Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

RCHS Meeting: Monday April 30, 2012. Gilcrease Museum presentation about Willard Stone.

Bunny Breakfast. Saturday, March 31, 2012.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, March 26, 2012. Speaker: Rogers State University President, Larry Rice - Stories You Haven’t Heard About OMA and RSU.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, January 30, 2012. Speaker: Historian Jim Dry - History of BB Guns and Daisy Air Rifles.


PAST EVENTS 2011


RCHS & Belvidere Mansion's 20 Year Anniversary.

RCHS Meeting: Monday, November 28, 2011. Officer Election.


Dickens on the Boulevard, Belvidere Mansion Open House. Friday & Saturday, November 18-19, 2011.

Breakfast with Santa. Saturday, November 19, 2011.

Opening Day, Christmas at the Belvidere. Tuesday, November 8 - December 2011.

RCHS Fall Old Home Tour. Saturday, October 8, 2011.

Great Gatsby Gala, Will Rogers Memorial. Saturday, September 24, 2011.

Cinco de Mayo, Destination Claremore. Thursday May 5, 2011.

“In memoriam, Sara Selvy, our encouragement, doer, helper and friend.” April13, 2011.

Vintage Affair 2011.

Book Signing: The Search for Sooner Silver by Paul Martin. September 11, 2010.


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