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See the State Capital Publishing Museum on the Victorian Walk in downtown Guthrie, Oklahoma

Guthrie High School Victorian Singers, led by director Bill Perring, perform during the 2018 Territorial Christmas Celebration at the State Capital Publishing Co. building in Guthrie. [PHOTO PROVIDED BY GUTHRIE TOMORROW COALITION]
Guthrie High School Victorian Singers, led by director Bill Perring, perform during the 2018 Territorial Christmas Celebration at the State Capital Publishing Co. building in Guthrie. [PHOTO PROVIDED BY GUTHRIE TOMORROW COALITION]

GUTHRIE — The State Capital Publishing Museum, one of my favorite historic buildings, will be open for the Victorian Walk in Downtown Guthrie, my favorite Christmastime event, from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and again Dec. 14.

Seriously, my wife and I have missed it just a few times the 20 years we've lived in Edmond. You might say we get Oklahoma Territorial about it!

More of the grand old building at 301 W Harrison Ave. will be open this year, thanks to the work of Guthrie Tomorrow Coalition, which acquired it from the Oklahoma Historical Society in June 2018. The nonprofit coalition, led by CEO Lynn Bilodeau and his wife, Sherri, had just the lobby open a year ago for the 2018 Territorial Christmas Celebration.

"This year, the entire first floor will be open," he said Friday. "We will have an experienced pressman demonstrating an antique manual press. Prints suitable for framing, created on that antique equipment, will be available for purchase.

"Once again, we will be serving hot wassail (we went through 20 gallons last year, and plan to have more on hand this year). In addition, we will have limited access to the basement, where all the large presses, Linotypes and other machinery can be viewed from an observation deck."

I'll bet I've seen that printing equipment a dozen times the past 35 years. It's historic, but it never gets old.

Then there's this: "We will have the Guthrie Gunfighters playing poker in the lobby" — plus other performers.

Nothing says "Oklahoma Territorial Christmas" like "gunfighters playing poker in the lobby" and hot wassail!

Fundraising continues for the rehab of the 117-year-old, 50,000-square-foot office building and publishing plant, which will take millions. They will be auctioning off a Southwestern-themed Christmas tree, a framed architect’s rendering of the building, and passes to the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. Every little bit helps.

"Just replacing/restoring the windows that open could easily run half a million dollars, a pretty daunting task and quite a challenge for a brand-new nonprofit," Bilodeau said. "No large grant applications are available to a new organization, so we have to go grassroots for now.

"Although we cannot get large grants until we hit the three-year mark, we are in the process of securing smaller grants that will allow us to repair the roof over the south wing. As of now, that is the area where we have the most water intrusion. Both a roofing contractor and a masonry contractor are involved in the planning stages. Keep your fingers crossed that our funding comes through."

Follow the progress at www.facebook.com/publishingmuseum.

Support the project when you shop on Amazon. Go to Smile.amazon.com and search Guthrie Tomorrow Coalition Inc.

You can email Real Estate Editor Richard Mize at rmize@oklahoman.com.

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<strong>Printing equipment fills the basement of the State Capital Publishing Co. building in Guthrie. [THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]</strong>

Printing equipment fills the basement of the State Capital Publishing Co. building in Guthrie. [THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

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Richard Mize

Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked... Read more ›

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