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December 28, 2013

Poetry museum in LG receives grant

PRYOR, OK — The little red barn is at it again.

The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry in Locust Grove, located in a little red barn on top of a hill, has received a Douglas A. Noverr Grant. The grant is awarded by the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association for Collection Enhancement for Institutions to Build Popular Culture Research Collections.

According to the Popular Culture Association's American Culture Association website the endowment fund was established in 1997 as a commitment to “the long-term future of the study of American culture and popular in all its forms, venues, contexts, and exchanges.”

The $5,000 Douglas A. Noverr Grant is specifically for collection enhancement for institutions to build popular culture and american culture research collections.

Douglas Noverr is the Department Chair of American Thought and Language at Michigan State University. With his experience in poetry, popular literature and popular culture, his grant seems a perfect fit for Locust Grove's one-of-a-kind museum.

Museum Curator Shaun Perkins said the funding will be used to continue the progress of the museum, specifically the renovation of another building.

The museum is currently in a family barn Perkins renovated to house her poetic creations.

Perkins' museum is interactive with evolving, ever-changing exhibits.

“ROMP celebrates the first literary art in the world and its continuing need in the lives of people everywhere,” according to their website.

Perkins will be attending the PCA/ACA conference in Chicago in April where she will be awarded the grant.

The museum has hosted a number of events in recent weeks and has a full schedule in upcoming months. In January, the museum is home to a Poetry Memoir Workshop and in February, Perkins has scheduled a Valentine Poetry Workshop. Spring is Singing, a special musical event, is scheduled in March, followed by a ROMP Poetry Festival in April. A Women & Wine: Wildflower Workshop kicks off the summer in May, followed by a Parents/Kids Poetry Workshop in June and a poetry picnic in July. More details as well as the full calendar are available on the museum website,


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