Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


David Grann, the author of “Killers of the Flower Moon,” a new release about the Osage “Reign of Terror” murders, will have a book-signing Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Water Bird Gallery in Pawhuska.

Water Bird Gallery is located at 134 E. 6th St., across the street from the Pawhuska Post Office. The phone number there is 918-287-9129. Additional information can be obtained from The Water Bird Gallery page on Facebook.

Sunday morning, there’s expected to be a segment about Grann’s book on CBS Sunday Morning news. (It was filmed by a camera crew that accompanied Grann on a visit to Osage County about two weeks ago.) On Sunday afternoon, Grann is scheduled for another book-signing, from 2-5 p.m., at The Tall Chief theater in Fairfax.

The Osage County Historical Society Museum, 700 Lynn Ave., also is selling copies of Grann’s book, as well as others about the Osage murders.

Grann has signings scheduled Monday in Tulsa and Ponca City.


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An advisory committee that is seeking citizen input on Osage County Courthouse improvements held a public meeting Tuesday evening in Pawhuska.

It was the third information-gathering session the seven-person panel has held since launching the courthouse campaign one week earlier at McCord, said Mike Tolson of Pawhuska, co-chairman of the committee.

The second meeting, scheduled last Thursday at the Hominy Interlocal, drew only two persons.

“We haven’t able to do much in the way of advertising these discussions ,” Tolson said. “Since only two came out, we’re going to try to schedule another meeting in Hominy, probably on May 11.”

In the meantime, there’s a 6:30 p.m. meeting slated Thursday at the Gilcrease Homeowners Association building in north Tulsa. On May 2, the committee is to make a presentation on the courthouse at a presentation in Fairfax. A large turnout of citizens is expected May 4, when committee members address a 6:30 p.m.gathering at Skiatook City Hall.

For several years, Skiatook residents have been pushing for a local courthouse annex to be established there.


The Osage Steer Roping Club will hold its Ted Wells Memorial event Saturday and Sunday at Bar K Arena, 13 miles southwest of Pawhuska.

Ropers are to compete at three different proficiency levels. The event (the second of the year for the OSRC) had originally been slated for last weekend, but a scheduling conflict caused its postponement.

The roping is named in honor of the late Ted Wells, a Pawhuska native who died in 2011. Wells won major accolades as a horse trainer and breeder. Following his retirement, Wells became an avid steer roper and he continued roping until he was well past 80 years of age.


The “Art of the Plains” Signature Show and Sale continues through May 6 at the Ole No. 1 Firehouse Art Center, 118 1/2 W. Main St. in Pawhuska.

Sponsored by a local nonprofit organization, Preserving Arts in the Osage, the national exhibit features 54 works by members of the American Plains Artists, a national association of artists from across the U.S.

The exhibit is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors can vote for the show’s “people’s choice” honor until the final day. The artist who submitted the piece earning the most votes receives the Plainsman Award, as well as a cash prize.

Two other best-of-show awards were presented during the opening-night event on March 24. The APA’s Golden Spur honor went to Utah artist Don Weller’s watercolor “Hats & Shadows.” Recipient of the Arrowhead Award (which is named by the sponsoring organization) was Hugs & Kisses, an oil painting by Cheryl Roush of Midland, Texas.



“A Farewell to Arms,” the 1957 movie adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s semi-autobiographical novel about an ambulance driver in the Spanish Civil War, will be shown Saturday at Pawhuska’s Constantine Theater, 110 W. Main St.

Constantine Arts Council has offered a different vintage film at the historic downtown theater every Saturday this month. Admission is 50 cents and concessions are available. Gary Cooper is the star of this week’s feature.



A benefit golf tournament for ailing local resident Terry Taylor is to be held Saturday at Pawhuska Golf & Country Club.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and tee time for the four-player scramble is set for 12:30 p.m. Entry fee will be $50 per person and a potluck dinner is planned.

To sign up for the event, call 918-671-3865 or send an email to


A special exhibit of Native American art work is due to end Sunday at the historic Fred Drummond Home, 305 N. Price Ave., in Hominy.

Contributing artists include Cha Tullis and Lisa Weaver of Hominy and Pawhuska’s Joe Don Brave, Addie Roanhorse, Danette Daniels, Bill Hague, Frank Lorenzo and Dr. Robert Chesbro. Paintings, sculpture, pottery and ribbon work are included in the exhibit.


A community blood drive is scheduled Thursday, May 4, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge.

The event is being coordinated by the Oklahoma Blood Institute. For more information at the local level, contact Randi Chesbro at 918-335-7197.

Pawhuska High School is to host an OBI Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 10. It’s slated from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Oren Terrill Field House lobby.


A Kite Festival is planned from May 1-5 as a way of engaging Osage County third- through fifth-graders in physical activity and fostering creativity.

The project was made possible through a grant from the Osage County Interlocal Cooperative and the Osage Nation, as well as a community partner, Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance.

Thanks to the generosity of Flight Night with TRSA, in partnership with Hideaway Pizza, Oklahoma Aerospace Consortium and Kites in the Sky, 500 (total) elementary school teachers across Oklahoma were given the opportunity to receive a classroom set of kites.

The goal of the program is to incorporate STEM across the curriculum. This introduces students to the history of kites and to James Banning, an Oklahoma hero who was the first African American pilot to fly coast to coast in 1932. Students gain hands-on knowledge of the math and science behind kite design, the history of kite use, the forces that enable kites to soar and the role kite flying played in inspiring James Banning.

Teachers received a week’s worth of lessons to study various aviation/ aerospace aspects of kites including the history, structure, math, science, and art of kites that lead up to the culminating activity of building and flying the kites.

Remember to look in the sky on May 5 to see the kites.