Pawhuska lost a valued friend with the passing of John T. Moncravie Jr. on May 15 at the age of 76 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. A memorial celebrating Mr. Moncravie’s life will be held on August 17 from 2-5 p.m. at the Osage Nation Wah-Sha-She Cultural Center, 1449 West Main.
Mr. Moncravie’s passion as an Osage researcher led him to become a historian and philanthropist. Most notable was his Research Fellowship work with Dr. J.W. Wiggins at the Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. A little over a year ago, he designed and donated custom display cases to the Osage County Historical Society Museum. The focal exhibit is an eight-foot fiber optic case which he created to house a rare Osage warrior’s lance. His generosity was recognized during the 2012 OCHS Annual Meeting when President Jack Shoemate announced the room housing this exhibit was being named the John T. Moncravie Room. In addition, he was awarded a life-time membership to the Osage County Historical Society and a rare copy of the Mullendore Murder Case.
The original Moncravie Room was damaged during the Museum’s January 9th fire; but, like the Phoenix, the Museum is rising from the ashes and is scheduled to open later this year.