Below is a letter we sent to Temple Museum Association members and to past Temple Tribune subscribers.
We’ve made headway towards repairing and improving the building to serve as an archive. I believe it will be a facility to preserve the story of the community’s people from the pioneer to the present. We welcome donations and new memberships. --Harold
TEMPLE MUSEUM ASSOCIATION
P. O. Box 234, Temple, OK 73568
The purpose of this letter is to ask you to renew or take a membership in the Temple Museum Association. Plans for the Museum have moved ahead with Jay Driskill’s gift of the old cleaners building. We are repairing and improving it to become an archive for storage and display of written and photographic community history. Funds for this are about depleted. We need your membership and donations. Annual memberships remain $25 for individual and $35 for family. Contributions are tax deductible.
The archive will consist of a timeline of photographs, files of family histories, genealogy and communications. When funding permits we will have a microfilm reader and microfilms of all issues of the Temple Tribune and Walters Herald available from Oklahoma Historical Society.
I have shown the old blacksmith shop to the administrator of Lawton’s Great Plains Museum. He said, “I wish I had that at Lawton.” He has offered advice and assistance from himself and his staff. Restoring the shop will require a much larger investment than the archive building. We think that the archive will give the Association credibility for a grant.
Temple Tribune, Inc. stockholders (Bob Hale, Bobby Waller, Bill & Merlene Bean, Harold & Lois Powell, Max Edwards, Edward & Claudine Northcutt, Roger Norman, Jerry & Sylvia Fetters) donated their Tribune stock to the Temple Museum Association. Computer equipment, knowledge and contacts are available at a bargain price to anyone wishing to restart the Tribune. Could be a retirement job for a couple wishing to return to their roots. Housing is economical in Temple.
We have started a blog to share information with residents and former residents. It also includes occasional updates on the museum. Visit the blog at www.templetribune.blogspot.com
Harold Powell, President