Preservation and Progress
We are passionate about preserving Cleveland’s days gone by and we believe those times are the foundation set for today.
The Mayberry Foundation is a proud supporter of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Historical Society. We are working to preserve as much of the Jordan Valley history as we can, whether the relics are written, oral, photographic or architectural.
It is important to preserve pieces of the past. It doesn’t happen on its own, and without an organized effort, history will be lost with every generation. We believe that Cleveland matters. Its past is as important as its future and the two are forever linked.
Ways we are actively working to preserve Cleveland’s traditions/history, plus adding others to the list:
- The Mayberry Foundation now oversees operations at the Triangle Heritage Museum of the Cherokee Outlet. Two of our board members and two of our officers now sit on the museum’s board of directors. The museum grounds on State Highway 64 are taken care of by Mayberry Foundation volunteers and the inside of the facility currently is undergoing major renovations during 2015. Our hopes are that the public, including busloads of schoolchildren, will once again be able to visit often and learn more about their small-town heritage. We always are on the lookout to add new exhibits to the museum of items from the Triangle area. Please email us or contact us on Facebook with information you would like to share or donate.
- Our Junior Ambassador program aims to pass along traditions and hometown history to Cleveland High School students, as well as offer them leadership training. We believe that when kids are taught to respect their roots at a young age, they are more likely to be community-service minded citizens as they grow older and they will remain connected to the town that raised them.
- We host Uptown Cruise Night, which we hope will become an annual event the first Saturday in June. Our motto is “Take Back the Night,” where we hope folks will congregate and drag Main Street like they did as teenagers. Dragging Main in Cleveland was a right-of-passage for teens from the 1940s to the early 2000s. The Uptown Cruise is a way to keep that tradition alive. Live music and an outdoor movie also are a part of the night’s activities.
- The Get a Buck community rally is held at the end of August, the Saturday before the season-opening high school football game against Hominy. The rivalry between Cleveland and Hominy has been ongoing since 1922 and is the longest running rivalry in the state of Oklahoma. The event is a pep rally with CHS band, cheerleaders, football players and fun for the whole family as we kick off rivalry week, which celebrates Cleveland’s greatest tradition. Food trucks open at 6 p.m. and an outdoor sports-themed movie plays at dark.
- TMF, through the generosity of program donors, heads up the Memorial Day Honor Flags project. American flags are placed on the graves of veterans buried at Cleveland’s Woodland Cemetery for Memorial Day Weekend. The foundation’s junior ambassador program, with the help of community volunteers, spend hours placing the flags near headstones ahead of family visits for the holiday. The high school students learn about the importance of honoring Cleveland’s warriors, flag etiquette and the history of their community ancestors. There are about 1,000 veterans from the Civil War Era on buried in Woodland. The foundation also hosts the Honor Walk, a 4.3-mile walk the students take from the Cleveland Area War Veterans Memorial at Feyodi Park to the cemetery earlier in the spring.