Editor Luke Williams
Luke Williams is a fifth-generation Oklahoman, currently residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was raised in the Clearfork Community of Adair County. He attended Westville Public Schools in Westville, Oklahoma, where he became interested in history, especially that of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah earning bachelor’s degrees in finance and history. He attended graduate school at Oklahoma State University and graduated with master’s degree in history.
Williams currently serves as the archivist and curator of collections at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum. His duties include the management and care of more than 200,000 artifacts, and fulfilling research requests from the public. He also supervises the archival department’s support staff and volunteers.
He joined the Goingsnake District Heritage Association in 2011 and has delivered several presentations for the monthly meetings. He served one year as vice-president of the association and in 2017 became editor of the association’s history publication, The Goingsnake Messenger. He has written many articles highlighting Cherokee individuals and historic events.
Williams is a member of several history organizations. These groups include the following: Goingsnake District Heritage Association, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma Museums Association, Tulsa Genealogical Society, and Friends of the Murrell Home.
Some of his publications and articles include the following:
· New Deal Work Relief in Adair County, Oklahoma, 2013
· Stilwell’s Icon: The 1915 Kansas City Southern Depot, 2015
· Jack Frederick Kilpatrick: Adair County’s Composer, 2017
· George Monroe Hagan: Pioneer in Education, 2018
· Adair County’s Fallen Cherokee WWI Soldiers, 2018
· Celebrating Forty Years: A History of the Goingsnake District Heritage Association, 2019
· Lula Scraper Gibbins: Cherokee Artisan, 2019
· Seminary Hall: Preserving a Cherokee Landmark, 2021