By MRS. WALTER FERGUSON.
The Oklahoma Historical Society deserves the highest commendation and the most earnest assistance.
The work of preserving the history of this state, one of the richest in the great southwest, has been undertaken by a number of interested citizens, and what they have already accomplished in the way of treasuring Oklahoma’s early atmosphere is invaluable to the present as well as the future population.
Today men and women from this part of the country troop each year to sites of ancient activity and gaze with unmixed admiration upon the relics of a bygone people.
Yet many of these do not contribute one iota of effort to preserve that which will some day be to others just as interesting a spectacle—the evidence of the pioneer life of Oklahomans.
This land has as distinct an individuality as the New England states, or the old south. In thirty-seven years—a mere fragment of time—it has witnessed miraculous changes.
Only a few of the old pioneers are left. They remember, of course, that strange, hard life; they can see in fancy the rolling plains upon which now stand tall spires and marble structures; they can recall the forest paths where paved roads now wind.
They have seen the prairie schooner replaced by the airplane. But their children’s children will have no such wonderful memories. They can believe only the evidence of their eyes.
Oklahoma, is filled with precious relics, documents which will some day be sacred, treasures which will be priceless.
These and these alone can re-create the world of the Oklahoma pioneer for his descendants.
And unless we make some effort to save such things for those who come after us, we merit their criticism.
Such work cannot be done by the few. All citizens who hold their home in esteem and are thrilled by its growth must aid in the endeavor.
You’re going to be an ancestor some day. Help the Historical Society, for it is helping you.