Thursday, October 2, 2008

Museum conference in Beautiful Bartlesville

For the October 13th etsybloggers carnival, one of the topics was to write anything about work outside of Etsy. Here's something about a business conference I went to, for my work at the Museum of the Great Plains. Great topic, Joey, and just in time!

Once a year, a different city hosts the Oklahoma Museum Association (OMA) annual conference. This year we went to Bartlesville, in the northeastern quadrant of the state. Four staff members got up early Wednesday morning in Lawton to make the drive in time for a 10:00 AM meeting.



Bartlesville is the land of Phillips Petroleum.



And it's truly a beautiful city, with lots of museums and historic buildings,
which made the conference great for a walker and sightseer, like myself.

Wednesday night, our first planned tour was at the home of Frank Phillips, built in 1909.



Historic interpreters were in every room, and it was great fun walking through the three story neo-classical mansion.



Next we all went to the Price Tower, built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956. (yes, Jackie, we went inside - watch you head!)



Rising 19 stories high in downtown Bartlesville, the leaning (cantilevered) tower was originally planned as an office building for NYC. When Wright couldn't find a buyer, he sold the design to the H.C. Price Pipeline Company, and it was tweaked to fit the smaller city. The Price Tower is famous for being Wright's only skyscraper.

By this time, we were dragging, but food enticed us to the Phillips Petroleum Company Museum, where we had a delicious meal.



After dinner, I walked back to the Hotel Phillips, and fell fast asleep.



The hotel is another historic building, first built for the Foster family (Foster Petroleum Company.) It was sold to the Phillips Petroleum Company to house employees from the 1940s until 1980.




Our sessions took place inside the Bartlesville Community Center, designed by Wesley Peters, chief architect of Taliesin West - the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.



As you can now gather, the city is an architect's dream.


Thursday night was Dinner and Auction at the Woolaroc, a beautiful ranch retreat established in 1925 by, you guessed it, Frank Phillips. The ranch is on a 3700 acre wildlife preserve situated in the Osage Hills.




The extra large museum contains an outstanding collection of western art and artifacts.



We also toured the lodge on the property, which began as a simple log cabin, and got a bit out of hand! Phillips had this piano covered with bark from his favorite tree.



Mrs. Phillips' bedroom walls were covered floor to ceiling with portraits of famous people who the couple entertained over the years. Needless to say, they were both quite eccentric.



The day ended with another great dinner, and lots of fun, as always, at the live auction. This is the first year I didn't buy anything, but I did donate my ladybug necklace.



Friday was a travel day. We arrived home - just in time to put up the museum's tent for the International Festival in Elmer Thomas Park.



Luckily, I was only a weekend visitor.



Thanks, John and Jim, for your bubble making enthusiasm and good sport.


15 comments:

agoodwitchtoo said...

Beautiful pics! That leaning building is so interesting. I thought it was me at first... I'm without coffee at this point in the morning. Gotta remedy that :)

LazyTcrochet said...

That building is cool. So is the piano! My hubby has a thing for teepees. He said he'd live in one if he could LOL.

Stormy Designs said...

Wow, would love to visit there. Great pictures. Would love to visit that home, gorgeous.
I didn't know F.L.W. designed a leaning building. He was an amazing designer.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

That sounds like a fun trip - and you took some beautiful pictures!

A Keeper's Jackpot said...

Did u go in the leaning tower? I had an apartment that leaned like that once... I don't think it was by design though...

Vanessa said...

Sounds like you had a great trip! Beautiful ladybug necklace!

Holly said...

That sounds like a great trip! And what a wild piano :)

PurrPrints said...

Cool carnival post--the cantilevered tower is really neat!

Healingstones said...

What a strange thing to do to a piano (!) I love your ladybug necklace! Did the bidding go well on it? (BTW - was that picture taken on a scanner?)

TNT2008 said...

I love going to museums, especially old homes. What a great trip. I like the tower, I did wonder if it was the way you took the photo--we have our own leaning Tower of Piza in the USA!

Athena said...

Wonderful post. :) Sounds like a fascinating time. That skyscraper's something else! And your ladybug necklace is absolutely beautiful. :D

Jen said...

Love all the pics -- thanks for this fascinating post!

Laura said...

Frank Lloyd Wright is one of my favorites. What a beautiful place to visit! I hope someday I'll get back out to the midwest. Our next destination is Chicago, a little too far north.

Jana B said...

Very nice... Bartelsville was fun. I enjoyed your pictures. I didn't take one! (...but I have the lady bug necklace...ha,ha,ha!)
Hmmmm, I think I'll try to make an online album of my trip to Philadelphia.

Linda said...

This is a great post. I enjoyed looking at all of your photos from your trip. Beautiful necklace too.

Shelfari looks cool. Thanks for mentioning it.

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