On Saturday December 15, a reception will be held for Jessie Slack, a long time volunteer at the Nowata Historical Society Museum. Jessie has put in many hours working to make the Museum a success. The reception will be a come and go from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, with light refreshments. Location is the Nowata Museum at 136 S. Oak Street. Come say hi to Jessie and others.

November is Veterans Month at the Museum…

The Nowata County Historical Society Museum is presenting a special exhibit during the month of November saluting the men and women of our military. Items from our archives that have not been on display will be available for view along with recent acquisitions and special military related items that are on loan from county residents.
We have uniforms for men and women from WW I, WW 2, OMA, weapons, First Day Issue Envelopes with stamps from the day that ships were commissioned, along with items that were used in everyday life as a military service person. Front pages are also shown from the Nowata County papers with headlines addressing action in the theaters of war.
This special exhibit will run through the month of November.


Saturday, February 17 from noon to 2:00 PM.

Sand Springs Leader Managing Editor and Author Kirk McCracken wrote the book “Because of the Hate” starting in 2003 and it’s taken around 14 years to finish. It was released on in paperback and e-book, Friday, Jan. 15, 2018.

In Sapulpa, the murder of beloved football coach Jerry Bailey was never really talked about, fueling rumors, speculation and unanswered questions. Now, over 40 years later, those questions can be answered.
The true story of the murder of Jerry Bailey guides the reader through the murder, investigation, trial, and how two small Oklahoma towns tried to cope with the gruesome death of their coach.
Jerry Bailey was also the head coach at Nowata in 1970, and that Ironmen team had a very special season.

McCracken was born in Bartlesville, Okla. in 1974 and his parents, John and Karen McCracken, lived in Nowata until moving to Sand Springs several years later. He is the grandson of Jessie Slack and Bob Paige of Nowata. In 1980, his parents moved the family to Sapulpa, where they live to this day.

The book will be available for purchase at the event for $15.00.