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Friends of Marland's Grand Home Museum Foundation was established as a 501-C-3 non-profit group
on August 9,  1997 under the leadership of its founding  president, Marquetta G. Brown. Other founding members were Forrest Mertz, vice president; Jim Brown, secretary; Donna Trewitt, treasurer; Sue Boettcher, grant writer; Sandy Graves, membership; Rosalie Bolene and June Meade, publicity; Paula Denson, advisor; David Keathly and Kathy Adams, ex officio member.
 
Early activities included an ice cream social as a kickoff for the membership drive; a fund-raising barn dance preceded by a Heritage Day Celebration; and a celebration of Oklahoma's 80th birthday honoring the 14 flags that flew over the area before it became even a territory.
 
Through the years the Friends have held educational and informative meetings and exhibits to serve the public as well as occasional social functions during various holidays.
 
Initial efforts by the newly formed group included formulating a master plan for E.W. Marland's home which has been used as a gued in the preservation and care of this grand home.

Friends of Marland's Grand Home was created to foster and encourage preservation and development
of the home;

to generate, collect, and recieve funds for the restoration and continued maintenance of the home and
the artifacts housed within;
 
and to afford educational opportunities  which encourage appreciation of the various collections contained within the home and the history of the community.

FMGH works in partnership with the city of Ponca City, which owns the structure, and offers support
by providing funding for needs of the home which cannot be addressed by the city's budget.

The board of directors (voting members)  meets regularly at 5:15 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month unless otherwise designated from time to time by resolution of the Board of Directors. The meetings are opened to the public and all non-voting members are encouraged
to attend.
Pictured in Forrest Mertz's barn: front row, left to right - Graydon, Marquetta, Anitra, and Jolly (Pugh)Brown. Second
Pictured in Forrest Mertz's barn: front row, left to right - Graydon, Marquetta, Anitra, and Jolly (Pugh)Brown. Second row, left to right - G. Wesley Brown and Michael PUgh, son of Jolly Pugh
Marquetta G. Brown, founding president of Friends of Marland's Grand Home Museum Foundation
Marquetta G. Brown, founding president of Friends of Marland's Grand Home Museum Foundation