†Talbot Library and Museum, Colcord, Oklahoma hosted an Open House/Dedication in honor of the historic Springtown Schoolhouse Restoration project completion.† The Springtown Arkansas Schoolhouse, built about 1924, was purchased at auction and moved on the property on July 6, 2006.† The project has been a lengthy one, requiring many hours of volunteer labor. In 2007 it was designated an Oklahoma Centennial Project. The Schoolhouse was designated officially as Talbotís Historic School Restoration Project by the Oklahoma Centennial Commemoration Commission and funded in part through a grant made possible by the Oklahoma Legislature in 2007.† The structure contains a school museum display, and will also be used for community events, and educational programs, as well as fundraisers for the Talbot Library and Museum.
† Sundayís program began with playing of bagpipes by David Roundtree, Langley, OK, a prayer and flag salute.† Jay Hannah, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who is a native of Moseley Prairie area, Delaware County, Oklahoma, was the master of ceremonies. He is very active in several organizations, Cherokee Nation Enterprises, Friends of the State Museum, Beck-Hildebrand Mill Association and serves on the Northeastern State University Foundation.† He introduced Glenita Guthrie, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Talbotís, and she acknowledged the other Board members, volunteers and businesses that had worked so hard on restoration of the Schoolhouse. She also introduced Bobbie Ogden, Gentry, Arkansas, who was the eldest of the persons present who had attended this Springtown School.† Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Chad Smith was a very honored speaker also.† Jeanne McCain Edney, Deputy Director of the Oklahoma Centennial Commemoration Commission spoke of the historical importance of this type of building to the community, its use as a learning center, and the importance of its preservation.† Mr. Hannah concluded the program by stressing the historical history of education being of prime importance to the early Cherokee settlers, Cherokee Day Schools were built in the area long before Oklahoma Statehood.† Many of the local Delaware County schools were mentioned also, and are featured in displays in the Springtown School.
††† Over 125 people attended the Dedication, including honored guest, State Representative John Auffett.† Rrefreshments were served and other buildings on the property, the Grocery Store, Post Office, Blacksmith Shop, Adair Building, Museum, Book Store, and Walkingstick Research Library were open for tours.
†† Talbot Library and Museum, 500 So. Colcord Ave.,Colcord, Oklahoma† is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. phone 918-326-4532, website www.talbotlibrary.com