When your historical society decided that a large building would be needed to become a first class museum, the Oklahoma Centennial Commission was offering a grant program to Oklahoma communities for the State’s 100th anniversary. McLoud Historical Society Board member Jim Walker told the Society about the grant. Judy Sell and Glenda Kuhn followed up on paperwork and visiting the Commission about the building the Society hoped to purchase with centennial funding. The Society needed $80,000. The Centennial Commission ultimately granted $50,000. Meanwhile fundraising activities by volunteers and donations from members garnered enough for the purchase in November 2007. Thus began our first project.
What is next? New restrooms? Perhaps there will be progress on phase two soon. But for a few weeks after July 23, volunteers are taking a short break before school starts. Watch for hours on the website or by e-mailing McLoudMuseum@gmail.com. Hours of operation will depend on the number of volunteers. McLoud Historical Society is not funded by tax dollars and is totally dependent on you, its membership, volunteers and donations.
Memberships, fundraising, grant writing will continue. As a non-profit it is imperative that volunteers and donors be maximized. Without those McLoud Historical Society cannot continue the second phase or routine operations.
Building usage policies are now in place. Keep McLoud Historical Society in mind when planning a small gathering. Check at the museum for policies.
Watch for upcoming programs this fall. Some of those planned include scrap booking sessions, quilting days, and special displays. Public school teachers are invited to bring students to visit the museum. If prior arrangements are made, special presentations and story telling may be possible. Phone 964-5169 for information and reservations.
McLoud Historical Society currently has two projects developing in addition to gaining new members and two annual fundraisers. A Tree of Life is in need of additional leaves. For $1,000 donation a leaf is added. Some families have gathered funds to honor a family member who formerly lived in McLoud. Some have honored a loved one in this manner. Still others have give to have their own names added to this growing process.
A commemorative brick program has begun. About 80 bricks have been sold. This is a small number for a large front landscaping project. Three lines of 13 characters each engraved in a brick paver are $35 (3 bricks for $100). This is a great way to honor a graduate, a family, a veteran, or a business or former business. The engraving company said most organizations charge much more for these commemorative bricks. But the Society wanted to make them affordable for everyone. There is a deadline. When the Society receives word on the timetable of an upcoming McLoud City Streetscape project, a definite date for stopping brick sales will be set. Early order is important. Anyone who has ordered brick may view them at the museum during open hours or a monthly meeting.
Volunteers are needed to maintain hours of operation and assist with programs. A list of willing helpers is being compiled. A member of the list will be called when a program is being developed and asked to assist on an as needed basis.
Suggestions, ideas and information are always appreciated. So, keep those coming.