NOTICE: THE TALBOT LIBRARY AND MUSEUM IN COLCORD, OKLAHOMA IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED
We are always grateful and excited when we receive great donations to our library and museum!
Recently we receive a few great donations including a Talbot crochet piece, a rare autobiography, and some history and Cherokee research materials.
Click here to read more about them!
New book arrival! This Second Edition of this important book was published in 2012. Our newest book features a detailed history of the two seminaries that were established in the Cherokee Nation prior to Oklahoma Statehood in 1907. More information on the book and for ordering at this link!
New Book Added to our Store: Caught in the Maelstrom - The Indian Nations In The Civil War 1861-1865
This is a new book, published in 2019, concerning the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole tribes during this difficult time. These tribes joined and fought for the Union and the Confederacy while also fighting their own bloody civil war on lands surrounded by Kansas, Arkansas and Texas. For more information and a link to buy in our online store, click here.
Our Talbot Library online store is now offering used books for sale!
These are great history, Native American, and other books we have had in our library, but now are offering for sale.
Most of these are in great condition but with library labels and markings. We have included great photos and condition of each book.
We have added only a few so far of our used book collection that is going up for sale! But check back often as we get them added!
You may shop for the Used Books here!
We are honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the "Historical Preservation Award" at the recent Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach (@CNCCO ) 16th annual Conference of Community Leaders. The conference was held on Monday, August 31.
Congrats to all of the other winners!
The Talbot Library and Museum has won the Western Writers of America Book Display Contest for 2020 in the Museum Gift Shop category with our entry!
Teresa Allcorn and Donna Clark did such a great job creating the display using books written by members of the Western Writers of America.
Talbot's Walkingstick Research Library contains many books by past and present members of the Western Writers of America. Also used in the display are artifacts from the Talbot Museum.
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.
Earlier, we posted about this piece of art found on the property of Gary Williamson. The artist of this Native American sculpture has been determined to be the work of Clarence Downing. Mr. Gary Williamson has lived on his property in Siloam Springs, Arkansas for 35 years. Recently he discovered this beautiful piece on his property.
He brought it to the Talbot Library and Museum for us to review. The initials on the piece are "CD". It was determined that these are the initials of Clarence Downing.
Mr. Williamson has generously donated this piece to the Talbot Library and Museum for display! Thank you, Mr. Williamson!
You can find more information on the artist Clarence Downing in this NewsOk article from 1990. Mr. Downing said, "...one of his sculptures has been purchased by Gov. Henry Bellmon and another by a Catholic nun who said she was taking it to Rome."
What an amazing sculpture and discovery! We are grateful to have it in our collection!
Help us further our goal of
"Preserving a Bit of History"
by donating to TL&M
Read more stories about preserving history (like those just below) in our "Bit of History" blog.
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.
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.
his watch belonged to Robert Lee Brown who was born at Rising Star, Texas in 1885. He married Mary E. Hodges in 1908. She was born in Indian Territory in 1888. In 1936, the family moved to Colcord and began taking care of the Colcord Ranch and Lodge.
Lowell Brown, the donor of this watch and the son of Robert and Mary, was about 17 and one of the younger children in a family of 9 children. Living at the ranch gave them many modern conveniences that most families in the area weren’t accustomed to. Lowell remembered having electricity from a Delco system and running water. He also remembered pumping gas from one of the old gasoline pumps from the ranch. These very pumps are located in the Adair Building on the Museum property.
The pumps have been carefully restored by Bob Stinchcomb.
Lowell recalled a special story about this watch: While in Texas, his father, Robert, needed some money and borrowed it from a local storekeeper. As collateral he gave the man his watch, who in turn loaned his father his own watch to keep time. It was several years before his father managed to pay off the loan and get his watch back. The watch is an Elgin. The watch and the chain have always been together.
Lowell made the stand the watch hangs on many years ago.
The watch was donated to the Talbot Museum by Lowell Brown in September 1996.
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* Obituaries/Death Notice Index
* Engrave-A-Brick Memorial
* Latest Book Store Arrivals
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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.