1930s through 1960s

1935 – 1940

  • “Survey on Arts and Interests” for A.J.L.A. Children’s Theatre Department created
  • Health Center in Walnut Grove adds third clinic.

1940 – 1945

  • Financed “Survey of Child Guidance Clinic”
  • Produced “Junior Bookshelf” series under new Radio Department
  • Oklahoma Arts Council initiated by Junior League Arts Chairmen
  • Child Guidance Clinic established with Sunbeam Home Association
  • “Volunteer Service Bureau Survey” made by Junior League members
  • Health Center released to Variety Club

1945 – 1950

  • Sponsored United States War Bond Party
  • Inaugurated sponsoring of two Children’s Symphonies annually
  • Sponsored Beaux Arts Ball; Establishment of Community Workshop of Oklahoma City, Inc.
  • Recreational Therapy Department initiated at Crippled Children’s Hospital
  • Puppet Show, “Rumpelstiltskin,” invited to appear at Festival of Puppeteers of America
  • Host to Regional Conference (1948)
  • Host to Festival of Puppeteers of America “Technical Conference on Puppetry” for A.J.L.A. (1948)
  • “Tune Up Time” produced for in-school broadcasts

1950 – 1955

  • Administration of Community Workshop taken over by Library.
  • Puppet Show, “Hansel and Gretel,” invited to appear at Festival of Puppeteers of America.
  • Financed and partially staffed nursery at Crippled Children’s Hospital.
  • Arts and crafts project at School for the Deaf.
  • School of Speech and Hearing, Inc., a building corporation, was formed with representation from OU and JLOC.
  • Broke ground for the School of Speech and Hearing building (1953-54).

1955 – 1960

  • Host to Regional Conference (1955)
  • Children’s Studio established at the Library to offer art classes for elementary school children.
  • Leased first Headquarters.
  • Published first Board Manual.
  • Financial assistance for the initial operation of Child Study Center.
  • Hand Puppet Group organized.
  • Consignment added to Thrift Shop.
  • Coordinated “Conference on Handicapped Children.”
  • Inaugurated Children’s Museum at Art Center.
  • First Junior League Art Gallery at Headquarters.
  • Staffed Child Study Center.

1960 – 1965

  • Sponsored “National Conference of Social Workers.”
  • Puppetry theater completed first educational TV shows.
  • Coordinated “Conference on Handicapped Children.” Staffed Information Desk at University Hospital.
  • Developed Rotating Children’s Library Project.
  • Sponsored “American Pageant of the Arts” Telecast.
  • Coordinated “Gerrer Exhibit” for Science and Arts Foundation.
  • Published 35th Anniversary Magazine.
  • Enlarged the Thrift Shop.
  • Provided funds to remodel the Child Study Center.
  • Educational TV performed at the Puppeteers of America Festival.
  • Published a Calendar of Cultural Events.

1965 – 1970

  • Coordinated “Annual Conference of the National Association for Retarded Children.”
  • Art Slide Program initiated and donated to Art Center
  • Moderated “Young People’s Masterpieces.’’
  • Nurses’ aides at University Hospital and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
  • Initiated establishment of Oklahoma City Arts Council.
  • New projects were: Zoo Education, Youth Counseling and Child Development Center, Touchstone School and the Planned Parenthood Association.
  • Hosted “A.J.L.A. Finance Seminar.”
  • Coordinated the “National Citizens Planning Conference.”
  • “Whale of a Sale” held.
  • Fortieth Anniversary in 1968.
  • Provisional course open to the public.
  • Coordinated “Seminar for Agency and Volunteer Education.”
  • Developed and funded Children’s Museum at Western Heritage Center, Volunteer Bureau, and Arts projects.
  • ETV film “Price in Preservation.’’
  • Jackie Carey elected Regional Director.
  • New Headquarters.
  • Thrift Shop purchased at 1010 N. Virginia.
  • Probation workers in Juvenile Court.
  • Three shows of Oklahoma State Exhibition Board for “Focus on the Arts.”
  • Restructure of our Board of Directors.