Sue Parham passed away on August 2, 2017 at the age of 86 years old. Sue was a great friend to the Talbot Library & Museum. She donated numerous items and shared her genealogy research with us. She was a descendant of several prominent Cherokee families, including the Duncan and Carselowey families. She will be greatly missed.
Click here to read her obituary.
We are forever grateful for so many people who donate so many items to the Talbot Library and Museum. In the last few months, we've received another couple of great donated items.
Mr. Clayton Turner of Colcord, OK donated a very nice wooden sign that says "Taylor School - District 5". We have it displayed in the Adair Building with the Taylor School Bell! Many thanks to Mr. Turner.
We also recently received a nice wooden sign for our parking lot. It was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Harley Puffinbarger. We want to say thank you for the great sign!!
More info here!
The latest "T.L. & M. Genealogy Magazine" came off the presses in December and has been mailed out!!
In the latest T.L. & M. Genealogy Magazine you will find an update of activities that have take place at the Talbot Library and Museum recently. In addition, there are many interesting stories and articles such as the one about Premier Rodeo Historian, Imogene Veach Beals and an old article on the 1882 tornado in Cherokee City...and so much more!
If you are a subscriber, you should have received one!
And remember, you may also purchase this issue (and past issues) at the Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, Oklahoma!
Congratulations are in order for Talbot Library and Museum's (TL&M) very own Grace Puffinbarger! Grace announced last week that she has received the Hometown Hero Award from the Modern Woodmen of America Association. Grace was given a beautiful plaque and $100 to donate to a non-profit entity of her choice. Grace decided to donate hers to the Talbot Library and Museum! Thank you Grace!
Grace's two young friends, James and Tyler Turney, were also honored with a $50 award, which they also donated to TL&M. Read more and see more photos here!
Mark your calendar! The Talbot Library and Museum will host the Goingsnake District Heritage Association Meeting on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10AM in the Springtown Schoolhouse.
Dr Bruce Howell, author of "1806: Settling the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory" and "Pathfinders: 19th Century Pioneers of Cherokee Territory" will be the guest speaker.
Dr. Howell is a retired educator. He was the Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools twice and was Dean of the College of Education at the University of Tulsa.
More information here!
This book is newly published in December 2016 by D. Bruce Howell. He is author of previously published books concerning history of Northeastern Oklahoma, “Echoes From the Past” (two volumes); and a chronological history, “1806, The Exploration and Settlement of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory”. This new book is a fascinating history of well-known and not so well-known “pathfinders” of Cherokee Territory.
This book is available in our online bookstore and at the Talbot Library & Museum in Colcord, OK!
For more information on this book and to order, click here!
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In November, the Talbot Library and Museum received a new show/display case as a donation from Lark and Jerry Hallum. The Hallums are from Colcord, OK.
This nice display will be used to house our temporary displays that can rotate so that we can showcase various items throughout the year.
A HUGE THANK YOU to the Hallums for their generous donation!
We love it and appreciate it!
The Talbot Library and Museum has added two new books for sale at the online store and at the library.
The first book is "Oklahoma Black Cherokees". This is a newly published paperback book containing histories and information about the evolution of what it means to be Cherokee over the last century.
The second new book is "Cherokee In Controversy: The Life of Jesse Bushyhead".
This book was published in May 2017 and is about the life of one of the Cherokee Nation’s most illustrious leaders. Jesse Bushyhead was prominent in Cherokee affairs prior to Removal, and served as a missionary. He was a detachment leader during the forced Removal known as Trail of Tears.
Click here to read more about these books and for links to the online store!
Great food and fun at Old Settlers Day on June 3, 2017. We had fun seeing our own Grace Puffinbarger in the Parade as Miss Talbot Library & Museum. More information and pictures here!
We had a great time hosting the Goingsnake District Heritage Association meeting on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the Talbot Library & Museum. A great group met in the historical Springtown Schoolhouse on our property to hear guest speaker, Assistant Professor Julie L. Reed, talk about her newly published book, "Serving the Nation - Cherokee Sovereignty and Social Welfare, 1800-1907". Julie teaches in the Department of History at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Some of Julie's research for the book was done at the Talbot Library! We were honored to host the meeting and welcome Professor Reed back to the Talbot Library and Museum.
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The Talbot Library and Museum recently received this Cherokee Numeral Clock as a donation from Mrs. Ann Cherry. Ann is a current employee of Gates Corporation (formerly Gates Rubber Company) and has worked at the company for many years.
Former Cherokee Chief Chad Smith donated the clock to Gates Rubber Company........
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We have launched our Annual Donor Campaign Fund. We appreciate all funds received as they allow us to continue to operate as a free museum and research library for public use. You can donate in honor of or in memory of loved ones and friends.
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By Keri (Stinchcomb) Parker
Virgil Talbot’s mission to “Preserve a Bit of History” has been the constant theme and mission of the Talbot Library and Museum (TL&M) since its inception. If we break down the meaning of the individual words in the “name” of the organization we find a very broad and complete understanding of “preserving history”.
“Talbot” – obviously, this is the surname of its found, Virgil Talbot.
In his own words…”I am proud of the name and perhaps more so than most because I came into this world without right or title to a family name and for sixty years I never knew the identity of my natural father. Mine was no joyous moment of birth—there was no proud father waiting, nor caring mother. But there was someone willing to take me into their arms and into their heart and call me their own. That person was James A. Talbot, better known as Jim. He gave me the Talbot name and I have proudly borne it ever since….The name Talbot is up there on that building, not as a tribute to me but to a man who was born on Cowskin Prairie near Grove, OK of ancestry reaching back to the Norman Coast of France, and beyond that to the Norsemen from the far north; whose people came over the long Trail of Tears and settled in this country some 150 years ago; a man who loved history and passed that love on to me; who loved to read and gave me that love.”
Read the rest of the story here.
Source: TL&M Genealogy Magazine, Volume XVIII, Number One, 2010, Page 14
The Oklahoma History Center, in Oklahoma City, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by inviting audiences to step back into time with its new exhibit "Crossroads of Commerce: A History of Free Enterprise in Oklahoma". This exhibit opened up on November 18, 2015 and includes an object on loan from the Talbot Library and Museum-- a Grinding Box that was rescued from the Hildebrand-Beck Mill before its eventual collapse.
Click here for more information about the Exhibit, the Hildebrand-Beck mill and information for visiting the Oklahoma History Center.
The "Right Place"
by A.D. Lester
Do you remember the "Right Place"? This writer remembers it for a number of reasons.
At one time the sidewalk was made of large pieces of limestone rocks. I remember those rocks because I helped to remove them and replace them with concrete. Likely the same concrete that is there now. This I am not positive.
I was employed by W.L. Miller, a contractor, who lived west of Siloam Springs, AR after he retired.......
Read it all at "A Bit of History" Blog....
From "Visit Cherokee Nation": Tucked away in the small town of Colcord is the Talbot Library & Museum. This unique indoor and outdoor museum specializes in the history and genealogy of northeast Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas and Cherokee Nation. Catch a glimpse of what you might see here.