Inspiring the Next Generation

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame Turns 90

At the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, we believe there are no limits to what is possible. Every day we celebrate the legacy of inspiring Oklahomans with all generations because Oklahomans are changing the world. We strive to ensure that people in all 77 counties know that they can make a difference in our state, our country, and our world. Each of our organization’s programs strive to accomplish that goal.

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame addresses the need to build character, pride, and community to facilitate the growth of our youth in a positive environment. By experiencing our state’s rich history and heritage through its people, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame inspires people to reach their full potential.

Our mission now lives larger and louder than ever through our publications and growing presence on social media and digital platforms. Today you can search and find the “how to” of anything from changing a flat tire to building a drone. So, what is our “how to”? When people visit the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, they leave having learned the five characteristics of all Oklahomans and meeting members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. These characteristics generosity, perseverance, optimism, individualism and pioneer spirit, have provided the foundation for Oklahomans to shape history and our world. By learning “how to” embody these characteristics, we are empowering people to achieve their highest aspirations in their career and community.

So much in this world has changed. The fact that 65% of you are reading this on a wireless device in your hand is amazing. There are also things that haven’t changed, the importance of personal connections and the need for mentors and real heroes. It was our founder’s intent to communicate Oklahoma’s story through its people, so that has remained incredibly constant and dynamic for 90 years and we will continue to be meeting people where they are to hear our stories of inspiration.

Ten years ago a new permanent home for the Oklahoma Hall of Fame was opened to house the stories of inspirational Oklahomans and to host events where people of all ages can experience these impactful stories in a historic setting. Over the past few years, upgrades to the museum’s interactive exhibits have allowed us to amplify our ability to tell the stories to a new generation of Oklahomans. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame also supports education in a variety of ways, including offering tuition grants and cash scholarships to Oklahoma high school students and hosting Free Field Trips for students from across the state.

Founded in 1927, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame was created to honor Oklahomans who have given outstanding service to the state during their lifetime and to provide educational programming for students of all ages. We have hosted the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony each November since 1928 to honor Oklahomans who have contributed to our state’s rich heritage by making strides in their industry and bettering mankind, thus making being inducted to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Oklahoma’s highest honor. Visit us today to learn how you can be involved in the mission.

About Bill Anoatubby

Bill Anoatubby began work for the Chickasaw Nation in 1975 as its health services director. A year later, he was asked to direct its finance department. In October 1978, he was promoted to the position of special assistant to the governor and controller. In 1979, he was elected as the tribe’s first Lt. Governor. Governor Anoatubby was elected to his first term as Governor in 1987. In his first term, Governor Anoatubby established goals of economic development and self-sufficiency for the Chickasaw Nation and its people. Today, the Chickasaw Nation is well on the way to achieving those goals. In 1987, the tribe had about 250 employees. Today, the Chickasaw Nation employs more than 13,500 people. The financial condition of the tribe has been improved tremendously. Funding for tribal operations has grown exponentially. Tribal assets have grown two-hundredfold. Governor Anoatubby is committed to meeting the needs of Chickasaw people through programs and services. Governor Anoatubby and his wife, Janice, have two sons, Brian and Chris and five grandchildren, Brendan, Eryn, Chloe, Sydney and Preslea.