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.


Dining at the Glass Mansion

The Nowata County Historical Society is pleased to announce the latest happening at the Glass Mansion. Get your taste buds ready for “Our Big Fat Italian Dinner” which will occur on February 10 starting at 6:00 pm. Reservations are required for this sit down dinner with musical entertainment provided by the Tenor Twins, Amber and Zachary Solomon. Reservations must be made prior to February 2 by calling Debbie at 918-273-3629. You will get an answering machine so please leave a complete message.

Seating is limited. Cost is $25 for a couple and $15 for an individual. Questions call the Museum at 918-273-1191 or the RSVP number.

Got an Antique?

The television show “American Pickers” will be filming in Oklahoma this October and November. The hosts are looking for people in the area with unique antique collections and interesting stories behind them. Individuals only, no stores etc. See the flyer if interested.
People who have one of a kind items to sell may reach out to them on phone number 1-855-OLD-RUST (653-7878), or email, which is:

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