City of Claremore Museum needed
Is this not the ‘Old Claremore Library’ which has the Lynn Riggs Museum actually joined (apart of) to this building? Does not the City of Claremore have some connection - obligation or commitment - already to the 99 year lease associated to the Lynn Riggs Museum and the ‘Old Claremore Library” building? Was not the Fire Department Administration just using the Old Claremore Library? Before the Fire Administration started using the building (Old Claremore Library), and now that the Fire Administration has moved (relocated) is not the City of Claremore taking care of the building which also includes the utilities?
Does not the City of Claremore already have a historical building such as the Old Claremore Library which could be used as the City of Claremore Museum? Does not the City have plenty of vacant space such as the Expo Center and other places which have much better access and parking for Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS)?
How to best use the historical building - Old Library, and downtown city park? It seems to me, Claremore citizens that the Fire Department and Administration are significant and important but the Fire Administration was (just) located in the ‘Old Claremore Library’ called Will Rogers, correct? These questions reflect concerns I have about the article and the issues of the use of this historical building. A commitment to a museum for Claremore in part reflects our desire to teach, preserve, and care for history, culture, education, art and our future as we learn from our history our past.
Is there any good time to make a commitment to history, culture and our future, yes now is always the best time. “If you don’t start somewhere you will never start anywhere”. Claremore “use what you have and you will never waist what you neglect” – use the “Old Claremore Library” as the City of Claremore Museum. Please and thank you.
Let’s honor Riggs who have contributed
I would like to speak on behalf of the Rogers County Historical Society in regard to the former library building, recently vacated by the Fire Administration. The land and the building both have a rich history worth preserving, and the Lynn Riggs Memorial Museum occupies a very small part of it. My family has felt for some time that it ought to be expanded and improved. The great playwright has been treated like a stepchild long enough.
Claremore and Rogers County have some great museums and landmarks of which we are justly proud. We need one more to honor Riggs and other famous citizens who have contributed much to this nation and the world.
Museums not only teach us many things about our past and give us an insight into the lives of great people; they collect, document, and preserve things that are important to the present and future generations--cultures and events long gone, but not forgotten. They must not be forgotten!
Museums not only provide knowledge, they give pleasure and a sense of pride in where we came from and who we are. You can save $10,000? Aren’t our children worth more than that? Surely those funds can come from somewhere else. Come on citizens, speak up for your children and their future. I have confidence that the members of the City Council are wise and caring people. With a little encouragement, I believe they will do the right thing for this community!
Rev. J. Phillip Johnson