The Logan County Historical Society gave awards in several categories at their annual awards banquet, held at The Dominion House. The Foucart Awards went to the Carnegie Library and the Villas of Benedictine Point for their preservation and restoration of Logan County buildings. A new award added this year was the Don Odom Award. Don Odom was the consummate Guthrie historian. He held a wealth of knowledge and was also one of the most enthusiastic proponents of preservation in Logan County until his passing. The award in his name honors private real estate developers whose efforts are saving and restoring residences that were previously on the way to falling into ruin. The recipients were Justin Mathes, James Myers, and John and Anita Riddle.
Special 2019 honorees; Ralph McCalmont, Susan Guthrie Dunham, Don Coffin, and Jay Hannah were four of the key figures in the renaissance, renewal, and revival of Guthrie during the late 20th Century. As Dr. Bob Blackburn, director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, put it when introducing them Thursday night; they were the key players on the stage of history as it turned to the 1970’s and 1980’s bringing the right people into play to accomplish exactly what Guthrie needed to survive, transform, and thrive. We are all players on that ever revolving stage, making history as we go. Consider your part.