Actress Mary Kay Place lent her support — and some of her movie wardrobe — to an effort to build a pop culture museum, while the head of the Oklahoma Historical Society urged lawmakers to authorize a bond issue for the project, reports The Oklahoman’s Michael McNutt.
The Tulsa native appeared at two receptions Monday at the Oklahoma Capitol to celebrate her donation to the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, AKA OKPOP.
Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Director Bob Blackburn said Monday no additional state appropriations are needed to construct or operate the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa, but the Legislature would need to support a $42.5 million bond issue for the project to move forward.
Blackburn said he is concerned that a donation of land in the Brady Arts District for the OKPOP Museum and parking garage may be revoked if the bonds don’t proceed, reports Michael.
“It’s critical,” Blackburn said. “If that donation were to fall through for that location, I’m not sure the business plan works. … If we don’t do it this year, we’ll miss that opportunity.’”
Place donated the cowboy hat and outfit she wore as would-be country and western star Loretta Haggers on the 1976-77 “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” TV series and a sweater from the 1983 movie “The Big Chill.”
Singers Garth Brooks and Leon Russell and the family of singer Bob Wills earlier donated items to the museum.
Blackburn, whose agency would manage the museum, said it would produce about $2.1 million in annual revenues to pay for its operating costs.
Revenue would come from admissions, gift shop sales, special events and revenue from its 650-space parking garage.
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