The Outsiders House Museum – Tulsa, OK
Tulsa, Oklahoma, is home to a unique and special museum – The Outsiders House Museum. This museum speaks to Tulsa’s history, as well as the history of the novel “The Outsiders”, written by S.E. Hinton in 1967. The museum is a place for locals and outsiders alike to learn about the importance of friendship and loyalty and to experience the story and heritage of Tulsa through the lens of S.E. Hinton’s classic novel. Visit this link for more information.
The Outsiders House Museum is located in the Brady Arts District of downtown Tulsa. The museum resides in the house where S.E. Hinton and her family lived when she wrote The Outsiders. The structure is a 90-year-old Queen Anne Victorian-style house and is filled with artifacts and memorabilia relevant to both the book and S.E.Hinton’s life. Disney donated three replicas of the Bronco, the same car driven by Ponyboy in the film adaptation of The Outsiders. Clothes from the movie, movie props, posters, photographs, Hinton’s original typewriter, and elements from her other novels are also prominently featured. The museum also has a room dedicated to reminding visitors of the large friendships and loyalties forged during S.E. Hinton’s teenage years in Tulsa. The “Tulsa Gang” was a group of young adults that were inspired by the values of The Outsiders and even changed their names to correspond with the characters from the book. S.E. Hinton encouraged the gang to preserve friendships, protect the weak, and take part in charitable deeds such as reading to young children or helping out the elderly. The “Tulsa Gang” became a model for teen unity and community involvement. See here for information about Tours of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK.