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hooker historical society logoSpecial to the Leader & Times

 

The Hooker Historical Society will host its first annual meeting Saturday, Sept. 28 at Dallas Mayer’s Gallery in the former Tri-County Electric office through the west door.

Activities include two special presentations plus a traveling exhibit in addition to the business session, all at no charge. 

Local and area residents may choose to attend one or both of the presentations and everyone is welcome to view the Oklahoma Historical Society display on the musical, “Oklahoma.”

The first program offers information on preserving the past in photographs, documents and textiles. The program is set from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. 

A light lunch at noon will be available for a Hooker Historical Society donation. At 1 p.m., the second program explains applying for the state centennial farm & ranch and/or centennial home recognition. 

The 30-minute program will help participants navigate the application process so they know what documentation is needed and what to expect in the process of registering structures 100 years old and older.

“These informative programs are open to the public but we do need to know how many people plan to attend so we have enough materials,” Dallas Mayer, member of the Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors, said. “Up here in the Panhandle, we often can’t access these informative programs so we hope many people will take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

Those planning to attend one or both sessions are asked to reserve a seat by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 580-652-2333 so an accurate count can be obtained.

Presenters will be Mallory Covington and Patricia Nunes of the Oklahoma Historical Society who will discuss the preservation of scrapbooks, photos, paper and textiles. They will share basic techniques for storing and handling photographs and scrapbooks; tips on how to determine which supplies are archival quality; how to create a new archival quality scrapbook; conservation techniques for paper-based items and textiles; proper storage and housekeeping; and steps to take in case of disasters or emergencies. Covington started with the Oklahoma Historical Society in 2011 and in 2019, she became the Archival Collections Manager. Nunes is the Published Collections Manager at the Oklahoma Historical Society. 

After lunch, Shea J. Otley of the State Historic Preservation Office/Oklahoma Historical Society will discuss the State Historic Preservation Office and how it can help residents; the history of and applying for the Oklahoma Centennial Farm & Ranch Program; and listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Otley is the coordinator of the Oklahoma Centennial Farm and Ranch Program, a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. 

The Hooker Historical Society was created in 2018 and is dedicated to preserving the Society’s collections and to discovering and sharing information about Hooker and the surrounding area’s history. The stories of individuals, families and events associated with the town are a valuable part of the local legacy and therefore, the future of the community. 

 Sept. 1 begins a new membership year for the Society and all members are invited to attend the annual meeting at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at Dallas Mayer’s Gallery. 

Those interested in renewing a membership or joining can pick up a membership form at Linda’s Flowers & Gifts or at The Hooker Advance, by calling 580-652-2333 or emailing  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and on-line at hookerokcofc.net under the organizations tab.

 A key project of the Society for 2020 is the publication of a fourth volume of local history. Stories and photos are sought from every family, business and organization in the community. More information is available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 580-652-2333 or stopping in at The Hooker Advance office, 108 W. Glaydas St.

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