SAVING SAYRE’S PAST—2004 TO PRESENT

Got Sayre “Stuff”? was the question to the people of Sayre in October 2004, at a campaign for the donation of items of Sayre’s history, notably named “Save Sayre’s Past!”, a campaign planned and carried out by James Nobles and Scott Chaffee.

The Society held an open house on October 16, 2004, to offer an opportunity for collecting items of historical interest from Valley residents. Hundreds of items were donated or loaned, both before that day and even afterward; the variety of which was widespread; a sampling reproduced here from the Winter 2004 Sayre Quarterly, Volume 16 Number 4:

…”Sayre High School yearbooks, a nurse’s cap from the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing, photos of the Sayre Machine Gun unit on the Texas border searching for Pancho Villa, police badges, scrapbooks, signs from old Sayre buildings, ribbon from the Patriotic Order of Sons of America (Sayre Camp), very old Sayre newspapers, World War II notice from the Sayre Draft Board and city directories.”

Donations also came in from the Morning Times, local Valley newspaper formerly The (Sayre) Evening Times; Valley Business Women’s Network and the Guthrie Healthcare Archives.

The slogan for the campaign was “If it came from, was made in, used in, or specifies SAYRE or its PEOPLE, WE WANT IT!”

SOCIETY COLLECTION POLICY

While the preservation of local historical artifacts never ends, donated items are subject to the current society collection policy. Donors can phone the society answering machine at 570-882-8221 and leave a message. They can also contact Museum Collections Chair Tom King at sayrehistorical@yahoo.com.