“Voices From the West” – Lula Briscoe Ep. 18

Posted on February 18, 2021 by Dickinson Research Center in

Lula Brannon Briscoe, ca. 1903. Courtesy of the Brannon/Briscoe family

It’s time for Episode 18 of “Voices from the West,” our blog series featuring audio recordings of historical documents from the Museum’s Dickinson Research Center.

Our goal is to show that history is more than a timeline. At its core, it’s about people. And not just the famous and infamous, but the everyday and ordinary. If you missed previous episodes, you can start here.

About Lula

The oldest of six children, Lula had moved with her family from Texas to the Chickasaw Nation in 1898. They settled in Sugden, a small community near today’s Texas border that consisted primarily of farmers. She married Robert Willis Briscoe and together they had five children.

Listen Now

Christmas Tree, Payne County, Oklahoma ca. 1910. Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection. Dickinson Research Center. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 2000.005.4.130. 

Mustard Pot from Sears, Roebuck, and Company Catalog, ca. 1902. Glenn D. Shirley Western Americana Collection. Dickinson Research Center. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.  

Embroidered Handkerchiefs from Sears, Roebuck, and Company Catalog, ca. 1902. Glenn D. Shirley Western Americana Collection. Dickinson Research Center. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.  

Fun Facts

In this Christmas letter, Lula told her mother about several gifts she received from family and friends, including a set of embroidered handkerchiefs from her husband and a porcelain mustard set from her friend, similar to the one seen here. 

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