Historical Society

Board of Directors

2013-2015 Officers

  • President Ralph Cunningham
  • Vice President Betty Morton
  • Secretary Ina Boyington
  • Treasurer John Mowery
  • Membership Shirlene Kerr
  • Historian Kaye Gibson


  • Marcia Boutwell
  • Ken McSlarrow
  • Kathryn Tumleson
  • Jerry Whited

Director Emeritus

  • Julia Stokes

Membership Information

Become a member of the Historical Society with this Membership Application (PDF).

Membership Fees

  • Annual Memberships:
    • Student: $1
    • Individual: $25
    • Family: $35
    • Business: $25
  • Life Memberships 
    • Individual Life: $100
    • Business Life: $250


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The Historical Society was founded in 1979. Before Owasso had a Historical Society, photographs and items of Owasso’s history were taken to the Owasso Library for display or for safekeeping. As more and more historical items were taken to the Library, Librarian Velma Ward and Assistant Librarian Kaye Gibson decided an organization was needed to properly care for the items. A group of citizens interested in preserving the history of Owasso began meeting on February 8, 1979, with the goal of organizing a historical society.

Owasso Historical Society April 26, 1979

Yolanda Charney was elected president of the group. The official organizational meeting was held on April 26, 1979, and Mrs. Charney continued as president of the newly organized Owasso Historical Society. Executive committee members, in addition to Mrs. Charney, were Velma Ward, Kaye Gibson, Wayne Meyer, Ruth Cooper, Dorothy Hatfield and Mary Paul Cowdrey.

During the ensuing years, the Historical Society was able to purchase the Komma Building and remodel the structure to be used as a historical museum. In 2003, the City of Owasso took over ownership, maintenance and operation of the museum. The Owasso Historical Society is still heavily involved with the museum, and members serve as volunteers, assisting in any way that is needed.