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March 20, 2014

Historical Museum to host annual membership dinner, auction

DUNCAN — The Stephens County Historical Museum will have its annual membership dinner Tuesday.

The museum operates on donations and membership dues.

The membership dinner is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Scarlet Event Center, a location rented by a museum patron for the event.

Cova Williams, museum director, said the membership dinner is important.

“That’s how we get our memberships,” Williams said.

During the membership dinner, a silent auction will take place, featuring pieces from the museum’s collection and items donated from patrons and organizations.  Auction proceeds will be used to purchase archival supplies for the museum.

The dinner is free to museum members, and membership is $15. Members should RSVP for the dinner to ensure there is enough food for all guests. Chili will be served. The event will also have entertainment from Steve Ribnicar and Janet Peters.

Williams said the membership dinner isn’t a fundraiser in the strictest sense, but the memberships renewed or received through the dinner do supply funding for the non-profit museum. She said there are many people throughout the community who see the importance of supporting the museum, whether signing annual memberships or donating items for the silent auction.

This year’s event will focus on Toodles Renas’ collection of ornamental birds. Toodles Renas was a long-time Comanche resident, who wrote the history book “Oklahoma: Lock, Stock and Barrel.” The book was illustrated by another Comanche resident, Terrance Clark.

The collection began with a small copper eagle, which Renas was sent by her uncle, an army surgeon, when the battleship Maine was salvaged. The eagle was made from copper off the ship.

The eagle, Renas’ book, another sketch by Clark and Renas’ picture will be displayed during the dinner.

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