The Oklahoma Territorial Museum received several upgrades two year ago and is one of 28 historic properties funded by the Oklahoma Historical Society. On Sunday, The Washington Times dedicated an article toward the Guthrie museum.
Article from The Washington Times
GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) – The Oklahoma Territorial Museum has waited about 30 years to repair the Carnegie Library, which received money for repairs two years ago.
Director Nathan Turner told The Journal Record (http://bit.ly/2sNI7qC ) the museum relies on volunteers and donations to fund small repair projects.
The museum is one of 28 historic properties funded by the Oklahoma Historical Society, which has a repair budget of $700,000.
“We have a volunteer group that helps us fund some projects but usually that is for small items,” Turner said. “For the big stuff, it has got to come from OHS or from capital improvement funds.”
The library received $600,000 from the Long-Range Capital Planning Commission during fiscal 2016. Since then the project has hired an architecture firm and is waiting on bid processes, which will take place this year. He said visitors walk through parts of the library where repair work is visible.
The library’s 30-year wait for money is not singular to the museum; the library’s porch, stairs and detail work need repair.
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