The annual 2017-2018 Friends of the Bartlesville Area History Museum Membership Drive is underway, and the group would like to extend an invitation to the community to join them in their mission to assist the museum staff in protecting, collecting, and preserving Washington County history for future generations.


The Friends of the BAHM is an organization of volunteer members who support the museum and provide needed funds for special projects, equipment, events, exhibits and other purposes.


“This is a perfect time to join the Friends board in their mission,” said Board President Julia First. “Your reward will be the satisfaction of knowing your participation and financial support provides an active role in helping to preserve the history of Washington County.”


Other membership benefits include receiving email blasts about events, exhibits, and announcements, along with a free quarterly newsletter. In addition, with their paid membership, members will be eligible to receive a discount on merchandise purchased in the Museum Gift Shop.


“History discoveries and educational activities that happen on a daily basis at the museum are endless,” said museum coordinator Jo Crabtree. “The life you live now, will be our history for tomorrow.


“Have you ever wondered what life was like when Native Americans resided in the Indian Territory, and what their culture was like? Or who the first white settlers were and what it was like to build a life in the heartland of the nation? What it was like to be a neighbor of Jacob H. Bartles, or Nelson F. Carr? Do you ever imagine what it was like to travel Bartlesville’s dirt roads, when the view was a virtual ‘sea of oil wells,’ dotting the landscape? Or later, in the fifties− when city streets were paved with brick? Remember, our past history shapes today’s world and can leave a vibrant legacy for the future, visit your local museum to find the answers.”


To become a member of the Bartlesville Area History Museum, call 918-338-429o to receive a membership brochure in the mail.


The museum is a family friendly facility located at 401 S. Johnstone, on the fifth floor of City Hall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free and donations are always welcome.