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History Comes to Life at the Belle Isle Library

History comes to life wearing a long dress and plumed hat.  You’re invited to meet her.

The Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, presents “A Living History: 1900 Guthrie” on Sunday, October 12, 2008, from 2:00 to 3:00pm.  Barbara Byrd will re-enact a typical Guthrie woman, Stella Louise Wilson, as we learn about her life and times.

“Statehood Day, November 17, will soon be here,” said Belle Isle librarian Ann Meeks, “so we’re very excited to have Barbara Byrd, in the character of Stella Louise Wilson, pay us a visit.  Our state is only 101 years old, but we’ve already started to forget what it was like on the prairie back in those days.  Barbara will tell and show us how it was.”

You can do an Internet search for Stella Louise Wilson and find nothing.  She wasn’t a 19th Century celebrity, or even locally famous.  She was just the kind of woman who worked hard to make Guthrie, Oklahoma, a decent and respectable place to live in and raise a family in 1900,

11 years after the land office-in-a-tent recorded claims of property after the run of 1889, and seven years before that wild territory became a state on November 16, 1907.   

Refreshments will be served after the presentation. 
            “A Living History: 1900 Guthrie” is suitable for all ages, and there is no cost for admission. 

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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