Just in time for October and Halloween, we've added a fascinating book for sale in our online bookstore!
Ghost Stories from the Murrell Home: The Murrell Home, built in the 1840's in the Cherokee Nation, is still standing at Park Hill, Cherokee County, Oklahoma. It was known originally as Hunter's Home, then as Murrell Home for many years. The home was built by George Murrell who married Minerva Ross, niece of Chief John Ross. The Oklahoma Historical Society changed the name back to Hunter's Home in 2018. This book contains collected ghost stories of the Home and the area.
For more information and to order the book, click here!
We have added the hardback version of the book Index to Heritage of the Hills - A Delaware County History to our online store. It is also available at Talbot Library Museum in Colcord, Oklahoma.
For more information, go here.
New Book For Sale in our Bookstore: The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma: Resilience Through Adversity
This paperback book was published in April 2023 by University of Oklahoma Press, copyright 2017. It consists of 371 pages, including index, bibliography, list of contributors, life histories, genealogies, interviews, photos, maps and much more concerning the history of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. There is also a listing of the various Treaties between the Eastern Shawnee Tribe and the United States from 1795 up to 1874 at the Quapaw Agency, Indian Territory.
This book is $24.95 and available in our online bookstore and at the Talbot Library & Museum in Colcord, Oklahoma.
For more information and/or to purchase, click here.
We've added three new books for sale to our online bookstore. These books are also available in our bookstore at Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, Oklahoma.
Book #1 - "Cherokee Heritage" and "Memories of Beck Prairie School" - Two-Part Book
by Elzie Cherry and Beryl Spencer Ellis Van Dyke
Book #2 - "Wagoner, Oklahoma" by Liz McMahan in the Images of America Series, Arcadia Publishing
Book #3 - "Muskogee, Oklahoma" by Roger Bell in the Images of America Series, Arcadia Publishing
For more information and to order a book, click here or click on the Book links above.
New Book in online bookstore: Cherokee Civil Warrior: Chief John Ross and the Struggle For Tribal Sovereignty
New book in our store online!
This is a very interesting, newly released (2023) book about Chief John Ross.
This book views the Civil War from the Cherokee capital at Tahlequah in Indian Territory. However, it is not a book about the Civil War. By allowing the Cherokees to tell their own story, we learn that many of the events that took place in Indian Territory between 1861 and 1865 had little to do with the Civil War per se. It becomes an epic tale of how the Cherokee Nation and its leader John Ross withstood the onslaught of white America in an attempt to protect tribal autonomy during the nineteenth century.
The book is available for sale online at our bookstore or at the Talbot Library and Museum.
You can order online and read more info at this link.
Our latest issue of TL&M Genealogy Magazine was recently released. This issues includes a fun story and great travel through time at the Twin Springs ranch in Delaware County near Flint Creek!
Also included in this issue:
*A story about Lona Whitmire Mason and the recent collection of her teaching materials donated to Talbot Library and Museum
*Historical information on Oklahoma and Adair Counties in 1907
*Resources and information on the Charles F. Colcord Collection at OU
*And so much more!
We appreciate all of our contributors to the TL&M magazine!
Subscriptions are $20/year with 2 issues per year. Individual copies are $10 each. If you'd like to subscribe, please contact us at email@example.com
You may also purchase our back issues of TL&M. More information for purchasing back issues is found here: https://www.talbotlibrary.org/tlm-genealogy-magazine.html
The list of contents of back issues are found here:
Our latest book added to the TL&M online bookstore and at the Talbot Library:
The History of Schools in Delaware County, Oklahoma was published by the Delaware County Genealogical Society in 2007. This book was first published in 1986 by Bessie Duggan and reprinted with added information in 2007.
For more information and link to order book, click here!
We've added a new book to Talbot Library and Museum Online Store!
Along Came A Cowgirl - Daring and Iconic Women of the Rodeo & Wild West Shows
Compiled by New York Times best-selling author Chris Enss, this informative new book contains stories of the women whose names resounded in rodeo arenas across the nation in the early twentieth century. Rodeo events were mostly confined to men in earlier times, but with the advent of Wild West Shows and Exhibitions, daring women who proved themselves as fearless as the men competed as well.
For more info and link to purchase, click here.
The Talbot Library and Museum enjoyed hosting the Goingsnake District Heritage Association's meeting and dinner on Saturday, July 16. The meeting was held in the Springtown Schoolhouse at the Talbot Museum.
We had a potluck dinner and were treated to Will Chavez and his amazing team of young Cherokee ladies who sang beautifully (see video courtesy of Billy Jack Shotpouch). They also described their experiences in the Remember the Removal bike ride this summer. This bike ride traced the trail of the Northern Route of the Cherokee Trail of Tears.
Read more at this link.
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TL&M Honorary Board Member Ardell Porter Passes Away on November 16
Ardell Porter is being remembered by friends and family as a kind, hard working, well-traveled, Christian man who loved the Bible and enjoyed spending time with his family.
As a longtime board member, we remember Ardell as a great friend to the Talbot Library and Museum (TL&M). Mr. Porter joined the TL&M board in 2006. After his move to Raymore, Missouri, he became an honorary board member in 2019 and remained so until his death. Even after his move, Ardell visited us at the library many times when he would visit our area.
We, at TL&M, wish to express our deepest sympathy to his family and many friends. He will be missed!
Read Ardell Porter's Obituary here.
On May 1, the Talbot Library and Museum hosted Board Members from the National Trail of Tears Association (TOTA). The TOTA members were having a meeting in West Siloam Springs and then came over to Talbot for a reception and tour of the Talbot facilities.
Talbot Board Members Donna Clark, Sue Londagin, and Glenita Guthrie hosted along with Jennifer Davis and Sue's niece, Terra. The reception had about 30 people in attendance and was held in the Springtown Schoolhouse on the Talbot Library property. Food was furnished by OK Trail of Tears Association and catered by Heart & Soul Kitchen in Kansas, OK.
More info here.
"Cherokee Nation: A History of Resilience" - Free class to be held at Talbot Library & Museum June, 2023
Interested in Cherokee History? Join us at Talbot Library and Museum for a 12-hour series called Cherokee Nation: A History of Resilience".
This free Cherokee Nation class will be held at the Talbot Library and Museum from 1-4 PM on June 20 & 21 and June 27 & 28.
The classes will be held in our Springtown Schoolhouse on the grounds of the Talbot Library and Museum. Our research library and book store will also be open 8AM-4PM on those days!
Click here for more information and to register!
The Talbot Library and Museum was the site for a recent Easter Egg Hunt for the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes at Colcord Elementary. Our grounds are a beautiful place for egg hunts! So many eggs!! We had a wonderful crowd and the kids had lots of fun!
We are featuring one of our newest book sets for sale! This two-volume set is a must have for any Cherokee genealogy or history researcher. The set is called Nancy Ward and Her Descendants and includes 1518 pages of research material!
Many years of research have gone in to this material compiled by noted Cherokee genealogist, and President of the Association of the Descendants of Nancy Ward, David K. Hampton. He has included an updated biography of Nancy Ward, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee, as well as genealogy material of descendants of Nancy Ward, up to her fourth great-grandchildren.
The book set is dedicated to Becky Hobbs, fifth great granddaughter of Nancy Ward, who has composed and written the musical “Nanyehi: The Story of Nancy Ward”. The cover artwork is done by noted Cherokee Artist, Mary Adair.
These volumes are hardcover and were published in 2021.
You can purchase this set at our online bookstore. Of course, you can always visit us at the Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, Oklahoma to purchase as well!
The Talbot Library and Museum (TL&M) was recently featured in Ozarks Farm & Neighbor Magazine.
Our board secretary, Donna Clark, recently presented and spoke about the various parts of the library and museum to the story's author, Terry Ropp. Donna is a wonderful representative for TL&M and is featured in several of the photos in the article.
We are so thankful for the feature on Talbot Library and Museum and want to say Thank You to Ozarks Farm & Neighbor for helping inform others of the facility, documents, items and research of which we are so proud.
Click here to read an excerpt, access a link to the featured story, and learn more about Ozarks Farm and Neighbor!
2/25/20 OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society is proud to announce that the Talbot Library and Museum Association has been awarded a grant through the new Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.
The Talbot Library and Museum Association has been awarded $900 to utilize a consultant to develop a strategic plan. The development of a comprehensive strategic plan is vital to the long-term success of any organization. A strategic plan will address the organization's mission statement, long-range planning and an action plan for accomplishing its goals.
"Talbot Library and Museum is so very grateful and honored to receive this grant from the Oklahoma Historical Society," said Keri Parker, vice chairman of the board. "We have a passion for both Oklahoma and Native American history, as well as researching genealogy for our many patrons. This grant will assist in setting new goals and strategies aimed at fulfilling our mission of preserving a 'bit of history.'''
A total of just over $410,000 in grant funds will be distributed, with projects ranging from collections care and exhibit development to strategic planning and educational programming. "We are very pleased with how well this first cycle of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program has gone," said Nicole Harvey, grants administrator. "Both the variety of projects and the number of applications submitted show that this program is not only necessary, but a game changer for the future of collecting, preserving and sharing Oklahoma history in local communities across the state."
The Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program is a grants-in-aid program offered by the Oklahoma Historical Society with a goal of encouraging the collection, preservation and sharing of Oklahoma history at the grassroots level in all parts of the state. Open to tribal and municipal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations located in Oklahoma and registered with the Oklahoma secretary of state, this grants program offers funding ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for projects focused on collections, exhibits and programming. Applications for this annual program open in the fall and award announcements are made in January. For more information visit www.okhistory.org/grants.
The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.
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.
Read more stories about preserving history (like those just below) in our "Bit of History" blog.
Remembering "A Bit Of History":
Our Library Founder, Virgil Talbot, worked steadily in politics designing leaflets, writing editorials, and taking stands on issues and candidates. He wrote a book called "A Bit Of History" (available in our online store and at Talbot Library and Museum) that chronicles some of his political efforts, acquaintances, and correspondence. (And many other of his stories and writings about history)
On page 131 of the book, Talbot chronicles the moment he shook the hand of President Lyndon Johnson around 1964:
"It was a presidential news conference, not the kind you see on television these days, but one for members of the International Labor Press Association (ILPA). We were all part of the working press, editors, writers and publishers of labor newspapers. Security was tight in those days and I assume we had been checked out before being allowed into one of the rooms at the White House. I don't remember which one.
President Johnson came in, along with House Speaker Carl Albert and Senate Majority Leader Russell Long. I was struck by the difference in size between Albert and Long - - one small, the other huge, or at least he looked that way beside Albert. The president was even bigger.
The three men discussed the issues of the day - poverty, civil rights, etc. - and answered questions. Then we filed past the president for a handshake and picture taking. I remember telling him my name and that I was from Arkansas (We lived in Fayetteville, AR at that time.) And he made some remark and I passed on into history.
(Note, written in 1986: I weigh about 100 pounds lighter today than I did 22 years ago. One hundred pounds! No wonder my feet are flat.)"
You can shop for this book here.
As you enter the Springtown School House building at the Talbot Library & Museum (TL&M), you will quickly see a beautiful display of quilts donated to our museum.
We are very proud of our quilt collection including quilts from the late 19th century and early 20th century.
So many of these types of quilts leave such a legacy and are great piece of American history.
Read more about some of the quilts on display at TL&M here.
In our multi-structure museum in Colcord, Oklahoma, we have dedicated one building to our antique post office.
We are always so thankful for donations to our museum and it is no different with our post office. Our post office includes post office boxes; a mail window; and old Row, OK mail desk; and a mail bag, among many other interesting postal items.
In our Bit of History Blog you can find out more about the great antiques found in our Post Office!
Nearly 100 years ago, Doyle Howerton was born in Colcord, Oklahoma. He was born on September 24, 1920. He attended grade school at Beck-Prairie and high school at Colcord High School, graduating in 1939.
He joined the Army Air Corps in 1941. He flew gasoline and supplies to many areas including China, Burma, Venezuela and India during World War II.
After over 20 years of service to our country, Howerton retired from the military on July 31, 1961.
The flag from his funeral was donated to the Talbot Library and Museum by his wife, Dorotha Howerton, on October 14, 2003.
We salute Doyle Howerton for his service to our great country!
See more of his story in our Bit of History Blog.
You may also see more of Howerton's story, his funeral flag and photo when you visit the Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, OK!
From the Talbot Library and Museum Collection:
These gasoline pumps that were lovingly restored by board member Bob Stinchcomb a few years ago. It was a huge undertaking but worth the effort!
For years, the old gas pumps had no inside home and were exposed to weather conditions. Bob took them to his home workshop and cleaned, repaired and painted them. They are on permanent display inside of the Adair building on the Talbot museum’s grounds.
These are pieces of Americana and now they can be appreciated and enjoyed for years to come, thus upholding Talbot’s motto of “Preserving a Bit of History”.
For more details on the pumps and their restoration, go to the "Bit of History" Blog.