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RoCo Historical Society: An Evening with Mary Bayless

February 23, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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History Comes Alive at the Belvidere Mansion:
An Evening with Mary Bayless

History comes alive for the Rogers County Historical Society meeting at the Belvidere Mansion on Monday, February 23, 2015, at 7:00pm.  An Evening with Mary Bayless, presented by Christa Rice, portrays the early life of Claremore pioneer woman, Mary Melissa Stubblefield Bayless, the first resident of Claremore’s historic and iconic Belvidere Mansion.

Mrs. John Melville Bayless was born in Bell County, Texas, in the mid 1800s and moved with her family to Cassville, Missouri, after the Civil War. It was there that she met and married her entrepreneur husband and raised her family.  Mr. J.M. Bayless traveled widely throughout Missouri and what was then, Indian Territory, buying, selling and developing real estate, while establishing local financial institutions. In 1907, Mr. and Mrs. Bayless made the commitment to sell their lovely home in Cassville (which still stands today) and move their family to Claremore. However, before they could finish building their dream home, Belvidere, tragedy struck. You won’t want to miss hearing the rest of Mrs. Bayless’ story.

Currently serving as Publications Editor for the Tulsa based Christian non-profit organization, Literacy & Evangelism International, Christa Rice fell in love with the Belvidere Mansion and Mary Melissa Bayless’ story when she first visited the Belvidere Mansion Tea Room in 2013. Rice had no idea how this chance occurrence would impact her future.  Since then, she has been captivated by the Belvidere Mansion and Mrs. Bayless’ story. Rice enthusiastically joined the Rogers County Historical Society being graciously welcomed into this new circle of Claremore friends. In her free time, Rice now conducts in-depth research and, along with others, helps to write the Belvidere Mansion Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/belvidere.oklahoma that shares the mansion’s story, past and present. In producing this character interpretation of Mary Bayless, Rice blends her love of American history and research, her training as a public school educator, and her skills as a writer, to bring the story of Mrs. Bayless to life.  

Rogers County Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. We invite you to come meet new friends and old, and enjoy this historical event. See you at the Belvidere!

121 North Chickasaw Avenue
Claremore OK 74017
(918) 342-1127


February 23, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Belvidere Mansion
101 N. Chickasaw Ave
Claremore, 74017
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