“My father's favorite line was, ‘I'm out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work.' And in a time now when we're so distracted by celebrity-ism ... I'm just hoping this center will expand and really connect to all walks of life.”
Born July 14, 1912, in Okemah, Woody Guthrie is best remembered as a folk singer-songwriter, but he also was an artist, writer and activist. He died Oct. 3, 1967, in New York, where his daughter was born and bred.
But Nora Guthrie has long believed the archives belonged in Oklahoma. And Stanton Doyle, a senior program officer with the Kaiser Family Foundation, thinks the revived neighborhood of Cain's Ballroom and the Brady Theater makes a fine spot.
“It's really the perfect space,” Doyle said. “There's a huge list of famous people from Oklahoma, but in terms of, like, really inspirational people from Oklahoma, Will Rogers and Woody Guthrie are the top two.”