The Newspaper publishers of Oklahoma, the Southern Historical Association, State historical societies and other learned institutions are rendering valuable services to the Oklahoma Historical Society through their willingness to exchange their publications with the Chronicles of Oklahoma. These publications are being carefully catalogued and preserved for students. The society wishes to express its thanks to donors for books, manuscripts, pictures, artifacts, and other historical material. The librarian is desirous of securing back numbers of the Chronicles of Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Historical Society wishes to encourage its members and others who are interested in preserving sites and tombstones of many neglected graveyards which are scattered over the state. The society asks the co-operation of historical students and other persons in taking care of neglected graveyards and also in listing the names and inscriptions which remain on headstones in these old cemeteries. A record of a number of these people would be of great historical interest.
The Fort Gibson stockade and Sequoyah memorial were suitably dedicated and opened to the public in the early summer. The Historical Society wishes to commend those who contributed to the preservation of these interesting places. In another section of the Chronicles will be found an account of the dignified exercises held at Fort Gibson in connection with the unveiling of a handsome monument to the memory of Gen. Matthew Arbuckle and veterans of the war of 1812 who served at Fort Gibson.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is making preparations for the celebration in 1937, at Philadelphia, of the One Hundred and Fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of our Federal Constitution, according to a notice received from Frank
W. Melvin, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Historical Commission.
Much valuable material has been placed in the custody of the archives of the Oklahoma Historical Society by the superintendents of the Indian agencies at Shawnee, Concho, and Anadarko in accordance with the Hastings Act. A beginning has been made in carrying out the state law for the providing for the transfer of state and county records which are not being used.
Invaluable assistance has been rendered by the WPA and those connected with it toward the indexing of the society's newspapers, in editing the papers of the chiefs of the Five Civilized Tribes, by the Survey of Federal Archives, and by the Survey of Historical Records. The society has cooperated in the compilation of a list of its newspapers for the Union list of Newspapers. The following organizations have been given the use of our auditorium: The Oklahoma Folk Festival Association, The State Association of County Officers, the Oklahoma County Farm Women's Federation, Boy Scouts, Oklahoma Memorial Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The United Daughters of the Confederacy, and The Association of Oklahoma Artists. Much interest has been displayed in the splendid exhibit of paintings of this association in the art gallery of the Oklahoma Historical Society building.
The Oklahoma Historical Society will sponsor an Oklahoma history contest for seniors; one for seniors in High-school, and one for seniors in Junior Colleges.
There are to be two allotments of prizes:
First prize—$25.00, Second prize—$20.00, Third prize—$15.00, Fourth prize—$10.00, and Fifth prize—$5.00. The prizes for each respective allotment are to be offered senior class students for the best article on towns, individuals who are deceased, true stories of experiences, early event's in Oklahoma derived from family sources, instances of adventure in the early days of Oklahoma which old people could tell to their grand-children, experiences of pioneer settlers, or any other interesting events concerning Oklahoma History.
The paper must contain not less than twenty-five hundred words, and not more than five thousand. It must have a bibliography and foot-note citations. The paper must be accompanied by a certificate from the principal of the school that it is the original work of the student. Two typewritten copies of the article must be filed with the Secretary of the Oklahoma Historical Society, James W. Moffitt, Historical Building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, by April 15, 1937.
Three judges will be chosen from the colleges in the state to select the best papers—five from the high-schools, and five from the Junior Colleges. These papers may be published in the Chronicles of Oklahoma.
If further information is needed it may be secured from the Secretary of the Oklahoma Historical Society, Historical Building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The committee in charge of the contest:
Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour, Chairman, Edmond, Oklahoma