The Chamber of Commerce has graciously offered a desk space within their office to the Okmulgee Historical Society. The space will be used to meet the needs of the organization in order to conduct business and meet with individuals concerning historical properties.
OHS wants to be available as a resource to the community. OHS can provide information about the different historical buildings and homes. There are numerous properties that have been added to the National Register of Historic Places being deemed as historical properties.
The Okmulgee Historical Society was created in 2009. According to Anna Dearmore, President and Founder of the Society, it was created with the idea of promoting the historical homes in Okmulgee. Members were concerned that in some cities some of the older houses were being torn down and replaced with modern homes. Not wanting to see this happen in Okmulgee the group initiated a movement to recognize and take pride in the historical properties.
Every other year since its conception, as a fundraiser, they have held tours with open houses in some of the historical homes. They are now focused on the downtown historical properties. One very big goal for next year is redesigning the walking and driving maps in the city and highlighting some of the properties. OHS has an interest in partnering with other organizations possibly the City of Okmulgee in preparing these maps, which might include the new walking trail.
Anyone who has an interest in the history of the City of Okmulgee is welcome and encouraged to join the Historical Society. Their individual dues are just $15.00 per year. The society meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Mabrey Bank Conference Room at 5:45 pm.
You may contact Anna Dearmore at 918-752-0235 for more information.
The Historical Society Officers for 2015-2016 are:
Anna Dearmore, President
Bill Martin, Vice President
Paul Orosco, Treasurer
Tamra Livingston Secretary
Okmulgee Historical Society and Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce are “On the Rise”.
Photo above by Allen Gardner - ONN