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 Who Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum
 What Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum Fund Raiser for Tumbleweed Hall
 When February 17, 2003
 Where Gene Autry, OK
 Source Gene Autry Oklahoma Historical Museum

In Gene Autry Oklahoma (there really is a town by that name) each September they hold the Annual Gene Autry Film and Music Festival where fans have a wonderful time listening to cowboy music and watching Gene Autry Movies. It truly is one of the worlds best kept secrets.

The request is for a cash donation to help this non-profit 501c3 Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum put air-conditioning into what is now known as Tumbleweed Hall. I know you're saying "Ask Gene's Widow for money" but this museum is not a part of them. This Gene Autry Museum in Oklahoma stands on it's own two feet and is funded by grants and donations. The walls, halls, classrooms and old assembly hall is full of Gene's, and other film cowboys memorabilia collected by Elvin Sweeten who runs the place.

This museum is located about 20 miles north of Ardmore, Oklahoma and is housed in the town's old school building. The main building now has air but we need to put air-conditioning in what was once the school's gym. It is a separate building which also houses a small cafe.

Oklahoma can be hot in September and I (Janet McBride) am heading up the effort to make this 'air' happen. I have been singing at the festival for at least the last 6 years and I say from experience that the entertainers who sing on the Tumbleweed Stage are uncomfortable. The vendors are set up in this building also and many a fan in the audience has to leave in the middle of a performance because it is just too warm in there.

We could use your $1.00 or $100.00 dollars or more. You can send it care of:

Elvin Sweeten
Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum
P. O. Box 67
Gene Autry, OK 73436

There will be a special benefit show to help with this effort on March 28-29, 2003. You are invited to attend. Click Here to view the the expected entertainers are listed on the museum website.

Gene Autry Oklahoma Historical Museum


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