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Photos: Mary Kay Place donates memorabilia to OKPOP Museum

by Brandy McDonnell Published: May 7, 2013
Award-winning Tulsa actress, singer, songwriter and screenwriter Mary Kay Place, star of 
"Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," "The Big Chill" and "Big Love," was the guest of honor at two receptions on Monday, May 6, 2013, at the Oklahoma Capitol in recognition of her donation of personal memorabilia to the Oklahoma Historical Society. She is pictured with Bob Blackburn with two of the items she is donating-- the hat she wore as part of her costume in the television show, " Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," and a vinyl recording of her 1977 album, "Aimin' To Please." Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.
Award-winning Tulsa actress, singer, songwriter and screenwriter Mary Kay Place, star of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," "The Big Chill" and "Big Love," was the guest of honor at two receptions on Monday, May 6, 2013, at the Oklahoma Capitol in recognition of her donation of personal memorabilia to the Oklahoma Historical Society. She is pictured with Bob Blackburn with two of the items she is donating-- the hat she wore as part of her costume in the television show, " Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," and a vinyl recording of her 1977 album, "Aimin' To Please." Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.
Shown are two of the items Mary Kay Place is donating to the proposed OKPOP Museum: the hat and costume she wore in the television show, " Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," and a vinyl recording of her 1977 album, "Aimin' To Please." Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.
Shown are two of the items Mary Kay Place is donating to the proposed OKPOP Museum: the hat and costume she wore in the television show, " Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," and a vinyl recording of her 1977 album, "Aimin' To Please." Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.
Tulsa native Mary Kay Place is shown wearing a hat she is donating-- the hat she wore as part of her costume in the television show, " Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.
Tulsa native Mary Kay Place is shown wearing a hat she is donating-- the hat she wore as part of her costume in the television show, " Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.

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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-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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