2007 Library News

Alfalfa Bill Murray Comes Alive at Area Libraries

One of Oklahoma’s most colorful personalities is being brought back to life in October by re-enactor John Hinkle.

William “Alfalfa Bill” Murray lives again in a series of 12 performances from Sept. 30 through Oct. 14 at your neighborhood Metropolitan Library System library.

Murray moved to Tishomingo at the age of 29 to practice law, and he then went on to become the first Speaker of the Oklahoma House and the state’s fourth governor.

Join local re-enactor John Hinkle as he presents the fiery life and times of William H. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray at libraries around the system.  See below for a complete schedule of performances. 

Hinkle says that "To say Alfalfa Bill was colorful is an enormous understatement. Oklahomans either loved him or hated him. He is hero / villain, he is good / evil. I think that he is worthy of a Shakespeare play because he's so complex."

No other single Individual is more colorful or more controversial in past Oklahoma politics than Oklahoma Governor William H. "Alfalfa "Bill" Murray. He was an agronomist, a lawyer, a secretary to the Indian Territorial Sequoyah Constitutional Convention; Speaker of the first elected House of Representatives, among other things.

The performance is written for adults and Oklahoma History Students, but everyone is invited to attend.

      Times for the Alfalfa Bill Murray presentations:

Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave., on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 2:00-3:00pm

Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, on Monday, Oct. 1 from 7:00-8:00pm

Luther Library, 310 NE 3rd, on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 3:15-4:15pm

Del City Library, 4509 SE 15th, on Wednesday Oct. 3 from 6:30-7:30pm

Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26th, on Thursday Oct. 4 from 1:00-2:00pm

Choctaw Library, 2525 Muzzy St., on Saturday Oct. 6 from 2:00-3:00pm

Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 2:00-3:00pm

Warr Acres Library, 5901 NW 63rd, on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 7:00-8:00pm

Bethany Library, 3510 N. Mueller, on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6:30-7:30pm

The Village Library, 10307 N. Pennsylvania, on Friday, Oct. 12 from 10:30-11:30am

Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker, on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 2:00-3:00pm

Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno, on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 2:00-3:00pm

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.