Local historians are geared up for Journey Stories at the Three Valley Museum this month. During the month of January historians will be telling the stories of Durant’s past.
The event is being held every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Three Valley Museum. There is no cost. “It’s only 30 to 40 minutes long,” said Museum Curator Nancy Ferris.
Ferris said the presentations are short enough that residents on their way out of work can stop in and grab a cup of coffee and listen to a story.
“There’s just so much history,” said Ferris. “We just want to share the stories from our part of the country.”
Ferris said that last year the museum had about 60 guests each night of Journey Stories. She said that it seems there has been a renewed interest in listening to live story telling that has shown itself on many college campuses.
Ferris said people are hungry to drop the electronics for a while and hear a real person talk. Ferris said that there is something for everybody.
“We have some interesting presenters this year,” said Ferris. The event is family oriented and covers subjects that range from women in the business world to code talkers of WWI to the story of Eaker Airport.
On Jan. 8, Donnis Potter presented the story of Marie Morrow, owner of Marie’s Dress Shop in Durant. Her store just celebrated 35 years in business. Marie was at the event to listen to the presentation.
On Jan. 10 Lana Sleeper told the story of the Choctaw code talkers in World War I. These code talkers proved to be a valuable tool for American forces during the war.
Stories will continue on Jan. 15, with John Boyer’s story of the “Hobo Jungles” in America, followed on Jan. 17 by Diane Kreger presenting the story of family heirlooms.
Bryan Hallmark will present the story of Ira Eaker on Jan. 22 and special guest John Teel will tell stories of his own childhood in Blue and the people who made an impact on him throughout his life.
The last week of Journey stories will conclude with a presentation from the Chickasaw Nation and Farrell Hatch speaking about when Durant was “the” place to get married.
Ferris said that all presentations are free and open to the public and to listeners of all ages. “I would love for more students to come,” said Ferris.