The planned OKPOP Museum continues to collect important stories from Oklahomans in popular culture.
“It is critical that we collect, preserve and share these objects and stories,” said Jeff Moore, project director for the OKPOP Museum, in the news release. “Oklahomans have made significant contributions to popular culture worldwide. If the OKPOP doesn't bring these collections to Oklahoma, they will be donated to or acquired by institutions in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Cleveland.”
Previous donations to the OKPOP related to Bob Wills and Leon Russell were announced in the past year.
“If the Oklahoma Historical Society wasn't developing the OKPOP Museum, the Bob Wills and the Leon Russell collections would not be coming back to Oklahoma,” Moore said.
The Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, being developed by the Oklahoma Historical Society, will be located in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa with the approval of a $42.5 million bond issue. The 75,000-square-foot, four-story building will be dedicated to the creative spirit of Oklahoma's people and the influence of Oklahoma artists on popular culture around the world. The museum will collect artifacts, archival materials, film and video and audio recordings that reflect Oklahoma's influence nationally and internationally.