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March 26, 2014

Museum membership dinner supports Stephens County history

DUNCAN — Nearly 40 people showed up at the Scarlet Event Center to support the history of Stephens County.

The Stephens County Historical Museum held its annual membership chili dinner Tuesday. The museum operates on annual membership dues and donations from the community.

“Membership has really grown,” Historical Society President Vicki Zimmerman said. “It’s only March and we already have way over the amount we usually do.”

This year’s event featured new museum director Cova Williams, who took over the duties of the museum mid-way through 2013. For Williams, the dinner provided an opportunity to promote the progress of the museum, while thanking the people who support the museum’s efforts.

In fact, about 100 volunteer hours are logged at the museum each month, which Williams attributed to various groups throughout Stephens County.

“It’s a free museum so people can come visit without charge,” Williams said. “We are funded by memberships and donations. Thank you for your support.”

The dinner featured the bird collection and book of Tootles Renas, who was a long-time Comanche resident. The book, titled “Oklahoma: Lock, Stock and Barrel” was illustrated by Terrance Clark, another Comanche resident.

The bird figurine collection served as centerpieces of each dining table at the event center. Among the featured birds was a small copper eagle sent to Renas by her uncle. The eagle was created from the salvaged Battleship Maine.

Additionally, several items were donated and a few odds and ends from the museum were taken to the Scarlet Event Center for a silent auction. About $400 was raised from the auction and will be used toward archive materials.

Zimmerman said she appreciated the support of the community in keeping the history of Stephens County ongoing. She acknowledged Williams’ willingness to move the museum forward.

“We have some people who will really help us along,” Zimmerman said. “That museum has always been a diamond in the rough. With her (Williams’) history at the (Chisholm Trail) Heritage Center, that diamond is really going to shine. She’s bringing that experience.”

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