The Rogers County Historical Society is embarking on a major project to restore the Totem Pole Park's large Totem Pole.The lower 20 feet of the large totem was restored and painted in 2008-2009. The upper part is in need of restoration before the concrete deteriorates further.
The large Totem is known as the Largest Totem Pole in the World and has been recognized as one of the premiere examples of Grass Roots Art in the United States. The park is visited by many people each year, many of which are traveling historic Hwy 66. Every year over 10,000 visitors sign the quest book, over 1,000 of these will be from outside the US. It is estimated that these numbers represent less than half on the actual visitors due to the fact that the Gift Shop is open only in the afternoons, and some people visit the park but do not come into the Gift Shop.
Restoration is scheduled to begin in mid June 2015. The work will be done by two artist who are experienced in large project restorations. The work will include removing all loose paint, patching any loose or missing concrete, sealing the concrete, painting the objects, and adding a clear sealer. There are over 200 individual images and designs on the large Totem, most depicting Native American culture. Each image will be photographed, cleaned, and restored. The park in on the National Register of Historic Places and therefore must be restored as near as possible to its original condition. The work will require large lift equipment needed to reach the 90 foot height of the totem pole, high quality sealer and paint, and tedious attention to detail.
Operations and maintenance of the park are funded by visitor donations and Gift Shop sales. These funds are not sufficient for the large restoration that is needed. The estimated budget for the restoration project is $27,000, over half of which is available. Additional donations are needed to complete the project.
There are several ways you can help support the project.
(The Totem Pole Park is a non-profit organization and donations are tax exempt)
1. You can sponsor the restoration of a specific image on the totem pole. Here's how:
You will be sent a 8.5x11 poster with the image you selected, with your, or your business name on it, and a receipt for tax purposes. You also will be added to the list of donors that will be displayed in the Totem Pole Gift Shop.
2. A Kickstarter project will be set up in the near future:
3. You can donate or sponsor an image with PayPal:
You can contact the Volunteer Directors of the Totem Pole Park at:
P.O. Box 162
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