Hall of Fame Inductee
Tim Leonard: Son of the Panhandle
Tim Leonard was born in the Oklahoma Panhandle, a unique and open stretch of land. He went on to earn a law degree and serve in the U.S. Navy, including as a military aide at the White House during President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration. Leonard continued his public service as Minority Leader of the Oklahoma State Senate, U.S. Attorney, and federal judge, earning respect for his integrity and perseverance.
Gore & Owen: Oklahoma's First Two U.S. Senators
Robert L. Owen was a U.S. Senator from Indian Territory who fought for public control of government and against child labor. He is best known for sponsoring the Glass-Owen Federal Reserve Act of 1913, which created the Federal Reserve System. For this, he has been called the "Father of the Federal Reserve".
Throwaway Kids: Reforming Oklahoma's Juvenile Justice System
Steven A. Novick filed a class action lawsuit in 1978 against Lloyd Rader, the head of Oklahoma's welfare agency. The lawsuit alleged horrific and unspeakable treatment of juveniles at six state institutions, including coerced sex acts and rape. The inhumane treatment of children had been ignored by Oklahoma's leaders for years.
The Beaux Arts Ball: The First 75 Years
The Beaux Arts Society was created to support the Oklahoma Art Center, which is now known as the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Eleanor Kirkpatrick suggested an annual costume ball to raise funds and create publicity for the center. The first ball was held in 1946 and raised $2,480 to fund the construction of a new gallery.