GUTHRIE, Okla. (KFOR) – On November 16, 1907, the proclamation was signed making Oklahoma the 46th state to join the Union.
According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the proclamation, marking Nov. 16, 1907, Statehood Day as well as the inauguration of OK’s first governor, Charles N. Haskell.
Statehood Day and the inauguration took place in Guthrie at the Carnegie Library, still open to the public today as part of the Oklahoma Territorial Museum, OHS says.
Officials say the museum opened its doors on Nov. 16, 1973, telling the stories of the people insistent on laying the foundation for the state of Oklahoma. It’s a part of the Carnegie Library, constructed in 1902 and originally built with a grant from the Carnegie Foundation. The library was in the background for all of the statehood ceremonies on Nov. 16.
In 1972, city leaders in Guthrie wanted to get rid of the Carnegie Library, but Frank Pfeiffer thought it would be a good idea to save the library with the addition of a museum. Thanks to him, the museum was created on an adjacent lot and eventually, the buildings combined.