BARTLESVILLE, OK – A number of Bartlesville churches will be included in a self-guided candlelight tour presented by Price Tower Arts Center and the Bartlesville Area History Museum.  The tour, set for Thursday, December 2, 2010, from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm, is sponsored by Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

“Oklahoma Wesleyan University, the Bartlesville Area History Museum and Price Tower are pleased to present this wonderful tour to our community as a holiday gift,” said Tim Boruff, executive director for Price Tower Arts Center.  “We are so appreciative of Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s support of this project.  And, we hope everyone will take this opportunity to enjoy the holiday spirit offered by these churches.”

Ten churches will be featured in the tour.  They are Bible Church of Bartlesville, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, First Wesleyan Church, Grace Epworth United Methodist Church, Oak Park United Methodist Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. John Catholic Church and St. Luke Episcopal Church.

“The candlelight church tour ties in with our current exhibition, William Schickel: Spirit Made Manifest,” said Price Tower Arts Center Curator Scott W. Perkins.  “While people enjoy the art and design of William Schickel in our gallery, we also want them to get an insider’s look at some of the places of worship here in Bartlesville.”

“This tour is a great opportunity for all of us to visit and enjoy the history and design of many churches within our community,” said Kay Little, education coordinator for the Bartlesville Area History Museum.

Participants may begin their tour at any of the churches listed.  Once they arrive at the first site, they will receive a tour map outlining the locations of the other churches. 

The Bartlesville Area History Museum’s current exhibition is A Spiritual Journey Through History.  It details the history of Washington County Churches and will be on display until March of 2011.  It is located in the Pioneer Gallery at BAHM on the 5th floor of the City Center Building.

“The most amazing revelation, as museum staff attempted an all inclusive compilation of church histories, was the staggering veritable numbers of denominations and churches over the past 100 years of Washington County’s history. Since the priority of the museum is preservation, most of what we have collected will be preserved, but it is impossible to display all of that history, making this exhibition one of evoking memories and the spirit of the subject, rather than one of educational enlightenment,” added Little.

William Schickel: Spirit Made Manifest will be on display at the Price Tower Arts Center through January 9th.  It is sponsored by ConocoPhillips, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.  The exhibition was organized through Katharine T. Carter and Associates, in conjunction with the William Schickel Gallery.

The exhibition includes photographs and architectural drawings of several of Schickel’s major architectural projects, including the transformation of an 1813 dairy barn into an inspiring worship space and oratory at Grailville, a Catholic community of laywomen in Loveland, Ohio.  He also renovated Abbey of Gethsemani, Bardstown, Kentucky, working with the famed writer and monk Thomas Merton on the design.  Schickel has also been prolific in creating independent works, and the exhibition features paintings and stained glass from each period of his career.

“The churches included in this tour were selected for their contributions to Bartlesville’s cultural history, architectural history and arts history,” added Perkins.  “We often think of church decoration as merely stained glass windows and vestments, but, in fact, it goes deeper to include interior design, graphic design and furniture design.  All of which are included in our Schickel exhibition.  We wanted to tie in the history of Bartlesville-area churches with BAHM, the best museum capable of interpreting our local history.”

More information is available by calling Price Tower Arts Center at 918.336.4949 or online at


About Price Tower

The landmark destination for art, architecture and design, Price Tower Arts Center, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, provides local, regional and global audiences with the experience of great art, architecture and design in an arts complex whose centerpiece is Frank Lloyd Wright's only skyscraper, the Price Tower.

This National Historic Landmark building, completed in 1956, contains a museum with permanent and changing exhibition galleries; original and restored historic Wright interiors (available by tour); and The Wright Place museum store.

Visitors may also experience Wright's masterpiece as guests of Inn at Price Tower, a high-design hotel that the Arts Center has created within Wright's skyscraper, along with the Inn's eclectic Copper Bar.

Historic tours are available with advanced reservations. Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors (65+), $5 students and children 16 and under and includes admission to the museum exhibitions (tax not included as may be applicable). For more information, the public may call 918.336.4949 or visit the web site at

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