Every time I walk the perimeter of the building or traverse the floors inside, I find something I had not noticed before. Each time I visit the building on behalf of the organization, my resolve grows stronger. What a grand old lady is the State Capital Publishing building – among its varying names. I had not anticipated joining this organization would be so inspiring!
The Guthrie Tomorrow Coalition, Inc., dba/State Capital Publishing Museum will be three years old next month. Within this short time period, the SCPM (as we affectionately call the organization) has made significant strides towards reopening the building. First, the organization acquired the building from the Oklahoma History Center, pending a minimum financial investment within five years. We are well on our way to achieving that objective. Still, much work is needed to renew the building into tip-top shape and open as a museum.
Are you curious about the building? Do you wonder what will come of it? Do you wish you could catch a glimpse inside? If so, you are in luck! Volunteer opportunities are about to open. Board members and other volunteers will be working on various tasks – some historically significant, some just plain dirty old work, and all with the intention of achieving the mission of restoring, renovating, rebuilding, and reopening to the public.
Interested in learning more? Sign up for our mailing list. Apply for a volunteer position. Check out of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and our website for updates.
Be a cog in the ever-turning wheel of progress to honor the past.
Hope to see you soon!
Cynthia E Rolfe, Ph.D.
Why Support the State Capital Publishing Museum?
While preparing for a Board of Directors meeting one day, I reflected on Simon Sinek’s approach to business – “Start with Why.” I wondered why each of the directors was involved in the organization.
We had been so focused on the overwhelming job of how we would approach the task at hand and what we needed to do -- renovating, restoring, renewing, and reopening the museum that I realized I didn’t really know how each person had come to be involved and how they envisioned their individual contributions to the whole. I decided I would spend a few moments of our meeting, asking directors to share why they had become involved and why they continued to be proponents of the organization.
The answers were fascinating. More importantly, heart-felt and in some cases impassioned. One was compelled to preserve the architectural style and structure of the early 1900s. Another wanted to ensure the legacy of the printing and publishing industry. Several were enthralled with the living history so close to home. And all of us agreed that the building is an important location to Oklahoma’s historical beginning.
While our current focus is on reopening the building itself, even more significant is keeping alive the story of birthing Oklahoma from a territory to a state, as the telegraph from President Roosevelt came into the building and subsequently statehood was announced from the second story balcony overlooking main street Guthrie.
Why are we working so hard to ensure this grand old building stands the test of time? Oklahoma has a rich and fascinating history. We are proud of the heritage of our state and want to ensure for generations to come that the state’s beginnings were humble, exciting, and a source of pride.
Won’t you join us?
Cynthia E Rolfe, Ph.D.
Welcome to the State Capital Publishing Museum POV – Musings from the Board of Directors.
As chairman of the Board for the fiscal year 2019 – 2020, I am enthusiastic as we take on the challenge of renovating, restoring, and maintaining the Museum in order to reopen the doors for public enjoyment.
The State Capital Publishing Museum is a significant historic landmark building which will be a destination that offers programming with something for everyone – all ages, all stages. It stands as a beacon to the publishing industry and a tribute to the beginnings of Oklahoma statehood.
Upon completion of the renovation and restoration, the museum will operate as a gathering place that encourages dynamic engagement through hands-on exhibits and community events.
During our FY2020 visioning and planning retreat, the Board of Directors set these goals:
We invite you to join us in our efforts as we bring this amazing building of Oklahoma historical significance back to life. We need volunteers with multiple skills; advisors who believe in sustaining the history of Oklahoma and/or the publishing industry; and interested citizens who want to be a part of something really big!
Cynthia E Rolfe, Ph.D.