Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing, the organization's publishing arm, has printed more than 180 books celebrating Oklahoma's rich history and heritage, making Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing the leader in publishing Oklahoma's history.
To place a book order please call 405.235.4458.
For Wholesale and Library Orders please call Gini Campbell, vice president, at 405.523.3202 or
Route 66 Dream Castle: Claude Calmes and Clinton's Hotel Calmez
Opening on Thanksgiving Day 1929, only weeks after the crash of Wall Street and the birth of the Great Depression, Clinton’s Hotel Calmez stood as a beacon for western Oklahoma for more than 70 years.
Known far and wide as the best hotel on historic Route 66 between Oklahoma City and Amarillo, the larger-than-life, green neon sign atop Hotel Calmez attracted motorists from miles around traveling the iconic“ Mother Road.”
Will Rogers: Our American Legend
Oklahoma’s own Will Rogers had a love for people and adventure. During his lifetime, he was a ranch hand, trick roper, vaudeville performer, film star, journalist, author, radio personality, aviation pioneer, and star of the Broadway stage and the big screen.
Born November 4, 1879 in Indian Territory, near present-day Oologah, Oklahoma, Rogers was the youngest of eight children born to Clement Vann Rogers and Mary America Schrimsher Rogers. Part Cherokee, Will became known as “the Cherokee Kid.”
From a young age, his folksy persona became his trademark. He was admired by the common man as much as he was by sitting presidents. This heavily-illustrated children’s book tells the story of one of Oklahoma’s favorite sons and how his wit and wisdom charted his course for a lifetime of adventure.
Angie Debo was a child when her parents moved to Marshall, Oklahoma Territory. She arrived in Marshall ten years after the Run of 1889. During her lifetime she was a teacher, curator, pastor, librarian, historian, and author.
Debo wrote about the history of Oklahoma, her hometown of Marshall, and American Indians. She used journals to write down her notes. She researched to be certain her work was factual. She was a leading scholar of American Indian history. She finished writing her last book, Geronimo, at the age of 85. She wrote nine books in all and was the subject of the television documentary Indians, Outlaws, and Angie Debo.
Angie Debo received Oklahoma’s highest honor, induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, in 1950.
Award-winning artist Mike Larsen split his early years between his grandparents’ home in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, and a hospital in Luling, Texas. With an absentee father, a single mother working in Dallas, Texas, to make a living for she and her young son, and stricken with Polio, it would have been easy to understand had Larsen decided to simply “give up.”
However, giving up was not in Larsen’s genes, nor those of his family. From a very young age, Larsen was surrounded by those who not only loved and protected him, but also made certain he experienced life’s bumps and disappointments. They fostered his interests and talents, yet allowed him to fail and struggle. They were preparing him for life. The foundation laid by those who raised him, combined with Larsen’s incredible wit, passion for his art, sense of adventure, and intense love for his family and friends, has served him well.
“Don’t never be afraid of your horses,” is a phrase Larsen grew up hearing from his grandfather. It became Larsen’s mantra and, as a result, the perfect title for the collection of stories written in Larsen’s own words. Whether reading from the start or diving in the middle, Don’t Never Be Afraid of Your Horses is like sitting down and having a one-on-one conversation with the artist himself. He will make you laugh and he will make you cry. He will ignite your imagination and strengthen your Faith. Sprinkled with Larsen’s wit and wisdom, Don’t Never Be Afraid of Your Horses is a celebration of both triumph and lessons learned.
Earning & Learning
The Earning & Learning with Oklahoma program highlights Oklahoma’s most treasured resource—our people. Recognized as the leader in publishing Oklahoma’s history, Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing is increasing pride in Oklahomans while providing an opportunity for school groups, clubs and organizations to raise much needed funds by celebrating one of their own.
Partnering agencies earn 50% of the retail price of the selected book(s) with no out-of-pocket investment. In many cases, the subject or author of the book is available as a speaker or for a book signing. In addition, the organization provides the materials necessary to make your fundraising event a success.
Click here for more information, contact Gini Moore Campbell, vice president at 405.523.3202