On Thursday, April 19, 2018, The Questers of Oklahoma held their Annual State Day Council Meeting in the Oklahoma Judicial Center. The event was hosted by The Questers Cimarron Chapter of Edmond. In attendance was the Honorable Lorraine Jeffus, International President of The Questers along with 90 members and guests from across the state. Oklahoma President, Janet Youngblood called the Council Meeting to order. The business meeting included remarks by President Lorraine Jeffus and Installation of Officers for 2018-2020. Those installed were: Lynda Constantine, President – Linda Beverly, Corresponding Secretary – Mary Alice Sigmon, 1st Vice President. Following adjournment, a buffet luncheon was served. Music was provided by an exceptional string ensemble from Classen School of Advanced Studies.
What are The Questers, you ask? The Questers is an International Organization with chapters and members in 43 states and 2 Canadian Provinces. Oklahoma currently has 7 chapters. The Questers Motto: “It’s fun to search and a joy to find”, pertains to searching for and finding pieces of art, historical relics, architecture, antiques as they relate to American and Canadian heritage. The Questers goal is to preserve, restore and educate for future generations.
Over the past 3-6 years, the Cimarron Chapter of Edmond has worked with the Oklahoma State Capitol Art Curator to restore pieces of art housed there. Cimarron’s most current restoration is an 8 foot portrait of Will Rogers completed one year before his death and on display in the Senate Lounge. This is just ONE example of important work being done by The Questers throughout the United States and Canada.
The Oklahoma Judicial Center was chosen for the State Day Event for its historical importance. Built in 1929, it was home to the Oklahoma Historical Society for decades. After the OHS moved into its new building, its previous location was appointed to become the Oklahoma Judicial Center with restoration completed in 2011. The Judicial Center houses the Appellate Courts along with many beautiful pieces of Native American Art. This building and its art embodies the old adage, “a rare jewel in our midst.”
The Questers State Day concluded with a tour “Art of the Judicial Center” with docents, The Honorable Justice Yvonne Kauger and her assistant, Kyle Shifflett. Justice Kauger, was instrumental in bringing this “jewel” into being what it is today. She shared stories of the restoration and how the magnificent art came to be housed there. Attendees were in awe of the building, its art and the stories. It was a day long to be remembered by everyone who attended this event.
NOTE: Those interested in joining a chapter, forming a new chapter or knowing more about The Questers of Oklahoma may contact: Mary Alice Sigmon, First Vice President by email: email@example.com