J. Blake Wade
Community Leader & Promoter
It was during J. Blake Wade’s military service, which included the Vietnam War, that he demonstrated his gift of leadership. When he returned to Oklahoma he dedicated himself to agencies and programs that were for the betterment of Oklahoma.
Blake has served as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Director of the Oklahoma Capitol Complex and Centennial Commemoration Commission. He was responsible for overseeing preparations for Oklahoma’s centennial commemoration of statehood in 2007. The first three years as Director of the Centennial, the focus was the State Capitol Dome and the Centennial Plaza of the Oklahomans.
In 2011 he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Native American Cultural & Educational Authority developing The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (AICCM) and the American Indian Cultural Foundation.
After several years of delays, Oklahoma City, the state of Oklahoma, and the Chickasaw Nation have worked out an agreement to complete the AICCM with opening expected in 2020.
Interview with J. Blake Wade
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: September 30, 2014
Date Published: April 21, 2017
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
Tags: Geronimo, Billy Vessels, Fort Sill, Sam Donaldson, Bill Anoatubby, Frank Keating, Oklahoma Centennial, Capitol Dome, Oklahoma History Center, American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (AICCM), Centennial projects, Remington Park, Eddie Gaylord