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Wed May 20, 2009

New Museum Proposed for Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Museum of Oklahoma pop culture proposed for Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The top official at the Oklahoma Historical Society and Tulsa leaders are announcing plans to build a $33 million museum of state popular culture in the city's Brady District.

Bob Blackburn, the historical society's executive director, says that officials can't pull back from the project even during a tough economic time.

The 45,000-square-foot museum would be known as the "Oklahoma Pop" and would take about three years to build once financing is in place.

To fund construction, Blackburn says he will ask the Legislature next year for a $25 million bond issue and also try to raise $8 million from private sources. The Tulsa-based George Kaiser Family Foundation already has pledged $1 million for the project.

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor says the museum will bring the historical society's "incredible expertise" to the state's second-largest city.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com


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