About Me and Forgotten Oklahoma
Hi! My name is Amy Hedges and I am the founder of Forgotten Oklahoma, the largest Oklahoma history group on Facebook! Thanks for stopping by my website and checking out the merchandise!
I started Forgotten Oklahoma because of my love of Oklahoma history and abandoned photography. I used to take my 35mm camera and travel around on the backroads with my Granny and take photos of old abandoned houses and schools. Eventually I got a digital camera and started posting the photos on my Instagram. My dad encouraged me to start a page on Facebook and I thought he was crazy! I didn't think anyone would enjoy it like I do. Wow was I wrong! We now have over 130k members and I never dreamed it would get this popular! I appreciate each and every one of the group members, I couldn't do it without you!
We have been featured on Channel 8 in Tulsa with Burt Mummolo on his segment, "Traveling Oklahoma" and also on Channel 4 in OKC with Galen Culver on "Is This a Great State or What?", as well as Discover Oklahoma and Channel 2 in Tulsa with Dane Hawkins.
A few years ago I decided to make calendars and so I spend a lot of my free time traveling the dirt roads of Oklahoma taking photos. I also decided to branch out into t-shirts and other merchandise a few years ago. I love seeing people wearing their FO shirt!
In November of 2018 I embarked on my most exciting project ever, which is restoring a 1902 bank building in Pawnee that was once owned by Pawnee Bill! The old sandstone building is on the corner of 6th and Harrison and once housed Lyons Jewelry for more than 50 years. In the last few years the building has sat empty and was in danger of being demolished due to extensive earthquake damage on the facade. Last year we finished having the rock work redone on the outside and it looks amazing! The inside is almost finished as well, and now houses the Pawnee Tag Agency and Forgotten Oklahoma Headquarters!
I became the tag agent in Pawnee in March 2019 and it's been pretty overwhelming. The job has been tough to learn but I'm finally settling in. I love to have visitors and love to give tours of the building, including the original bank vault from 1902!
In 2021 I bought another property, the historic 1900 Riverside Home in Pawnee on 7 acres along Black Bear Creek. It was literally a dream come true for me to buy a property as amazing as this. It has 6 bedrooms and will soon be a bed & breakfast! It was built by a Civil War Veteran and is one of the most beautiful sandstone homes in the area. I am hoping to bring it back to it's former glory after many years of neglect.
I am married to my wonderful husband Ryan, and have 3 kids (21, 17, & 16) who keep me busy! I am also a photographer, coordinator for the 100 Mile Yard Sale, Pawnee Chamber board member, and volunteer with other local tourism and economic development boards and grant projects. Someone asked me one time recently if I sleep and the answer is not really lol.
I also do speaking engagements, so please contact me if you would like me to come speak at your meeting.
All proceeds from the sale of the merchandise will be going to the restoration project of the Riverside Home in Pawnee. Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you in Pawnee soon!