June 29--CLAREMORE -- An exhibit featuring the life and times of former Claremore Police Chief and Mayor Mickey Perry will highlight the grand opening of the newly refurbished Claremore History exhibit inside the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum.
The Friends of the J.M. Davis Museum will host an open house 5-7 p.m. on Monday, at the museum, located in downtown Claremore at 5th street and J.M. Davis Blvd.
Included in the new exhibit will be a tribute to Former Claremore Police Chief and Mayor, Mickey Perry.
Perry served the City of Claremore as a police officer, an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and as Claremore's police chief for 21 years. He was elected Mayor of Claremore in 2011 and served until his unexpected death in 2013.
"Mickey was a close friend of mine, but anyone who met him more than once could probably say the same thing," said Wayne McCombs, executive director, J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum. "He had a way making you think you were very special person. He never met a stranger."
Longtime Claremore resident and local historian Judy Eagleton and her team of volunteers worked on the mammoth project for twelve weeks.
"It was a labor of love -- I grew up here and want the future generations to know what a great history we have here in Claremore," Eagleton said.
Among Eagleton's volunteers were Karen Bethune, Cindy Burrows, Donna Froman, Hayes Gilstrap, Suzanne Gilstrap, Sharon Moody, Tammy Polson, Barbara Pool, and Nelda Thompson.
Jason Schubert, museum curator and Curtis Miser, museum maintenance director assisted with the volunteers in creating and displaying the artifacts.
"It was an honor to display Mickey's artifacts," Schubert said. "What a legacy he left for us."
More than 250 rare photographs and artifacts are to be included in the new exhibit. Claremore's businesses, high school, churches, buildings and civic leaders are featured.
Claremore Progress contributor Larry Larkin will emcee the opening ceremonies which start at 5:30 p.m.
The J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
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