Thanks to all who came out to the Talbot Library & Museum on Saturday, June 4, 2022 for Old Settlers Day! We had a great time with food, book sale, raffle, and fun!
Our quilt raffle winner was Amy Williams! Congrats Amy!
New Book Added to Our Store: Cherokee Women In Charge - Female Power and Leadership In American Indian Nations of Eastern North America
This newly published book, by noted Cherokee author, Karen Coody Copper, is a very interesting history about the matrilineal society of Cherokee women. It describes Cherokee and indigenous women as independent and strong women who often bore the greater workload, both inside and outside the home. This book contains a full name index, photos and illustrations, plus genealogy data.
For more info on the book and to buy it, click here.
On March 29, 2022, Talbot Library and Museum was very pleased to welcome a tour of our facilities to students of Colcord Public Schools and their parents. The student group is the "Hornets of Character" After-School Program. They toured our Museum, Library, outbuildings, and our property grounds.
This group also had a scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt list included items found on our property at the Talbot Library and Museum. This hunt was organized by Chase Payne who is the "Hornets of Character" Program Director. The students and parents really enjoyed the "hunt" and becoming acquainted with our facility.
We want to give a big thank you to Karen Hilliker, Family Engagement Coordinator with Colcord Public Schools, for sharing the wonderful photos of this event.
What a great time!
Click here for more pictures of the event!
New Exhibit at Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum: "Sovereignty on Trial: The Tragedy at Goingsnake"
A new exhibit opened this month at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Musuem.
This exhibit named “Sovereignty on Trial: The Tragedy at Goingsnake” looks at the story of Cherokee Nation citizen Ezekiel Proctor and what has been called the Goingsnake Massacre on the event’s 150th anniversary.
The trial and its aftermath became the centerpiece of long-standing jurisdictional debate between the federal court and Cherokee Nation.
This exhibit runs from April 5, 2022 through April 8, 2023.
See more exhibit and location information here.
This book was originally published in 1941 by University of Oklahoma Press. It is recently reprinted, and is the history and story of Elias Boudinot. He was a formative part of Cherokee history, educated by Moravian missionaries in Georgia, and at the Foreign Mission School in Cornwall, CT. There he met and married Harriet Gold who settled with him in his Cherokee homeland. Elias and Samuel A. Worcester, published the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper in Georgia. There Elias joined with friends and relatives, the Ridges and Waties, urging removal to the West.
For more info and to purchase online, click here.
This wonderful reference book has been transcribed by Jack D. Baker.
Originally published in 1977, and re-published 2021 by Oklahoma Trail of Tears Association, this is a valuable resource for Cherokee heritage researchers. This book compiles a listing of Cherokees who voluntarily emigrated to the west, prior to the Treaty of New Echota of December, 1835.
For more information and to order this book, click here.
We just added a new book to our online bookstore: 1835 Cherokee Census in Hard Cover.
This book is produced by the Trail of Tears Association-Oklahoma Chapter.
We also have the 1835 Cherokee Census in a Spiral Bound Option!
More information here!
We have new hours at TL&M!
Stop by and see us!!
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:00AM - 4:00PM
(or other days by appointment for research)
Talbot Library & Museum recognized with "Cultural Perpetuation Award" at 2021 Cherokee Nation CCO Conference
Talbot Library and Museum was recently recognized with the "Cultural Perpetuation Award" at the 2021 Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach Conference. This award was received for our Cherokee cultural and history emphasis and information. We are so thankful to the Cherokee Nation for this award and recognition.
Click here to see video and transcript!
New Book in Online Store: Hunter's Home in the Cherokee Nation-The Murrell and Ross Families Of Indian Territory
Our new online book is 331 pages and contains a fascinating history of the Murrell/Hunter's Home, Park Hill, Oklahoma from the 1840's the present time. Includes many photos as well as genealogy charts of the Murrell and Ross families.
This is important Cherokee history for those interested in this rich history and genealogy!
For purchase info, click here or visit our online store!
(This book is also available for purchase at the Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, OK)
New Book in Online Store: Lost Oklahoma Treasure, Misplaced Mines, Outlaw Loot & Mule Loads of Gold by W. Craig Gaines
We just added to our online store a new book by author W. Craig Gaines. The new book, Lost Oklahoma Treasure, Misplaced Mines, Outlaw Loot & Mule Loads of Gold, is a 143 page book containing numerous stories and photos about the search for lost Oklahoma treasures. The contents includes: Treasures by County, Wichita Mountains, Traders and Travelers, and much more!
For purchase info, click here or visit our online store!
(This book is also available for purchase at the Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, OK)
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Book Sale Reminder!
We still have our huge book sale in the Springtown Schoolhouse at the Talbot Library and Museum. All books 50% off lowest marked price! These books are from the author Dusty Richards' personal collection including topics on many western states, Native Americans, Western history, and so much more.
Visit us during normal operating hours to shop the sale!
Operating hours: https://www.talbotlibrary.org/museum-hours.html
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!
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!
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.
The Talbot Library and Museum would like to extend a huge thank you to the family of the late Dusty Richards for the tremendous donation of Dusty's library collection. We are blessed to receive this magnificent collection thanks to the children of Dusty and Pat Richards, Anna Barnes and Rhonda Albrecht, and their families.
Dusty Richards, while being an award-winning author himself, owned an extensive collection of books including topics covering The Southwest, Ozarks, the Apaches, outlaws, fur traders/mountain men, "The West", and states including Arizona, Texas, Wyoming, Montana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and New Mexico (and many others).
This collection also includes many photographic books of the early West, Indian arts, US Presidents, early America, and more. The array of books include the works of Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, and Edward S. Curtis.
The collection is so great we literally spent many weeks/months perusing, organizing, and categorizing these books. Some books are new, some old, some collectible.
Read more about this wonderful donation and Dusty Richards here.
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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.
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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