“The city owns the historical house, but we need a stream of revenue to keep it going as they cut back on our grants. We are starting to pay our own utilities,” Schrems said.
Schrems also is hoping that the book will generate interest to those in the community who would like to be involved in the Cleveland County Historical Society.
“If we don’t bring more members, more revenue stream, there won’t be a history house and there won’t be anyone telling the history,” Schrems said.
Social media websites were very helpful in not only gathering items for the book but also promoting the book. Schrems and Maddux relied heavily on a Facebook group, “You know you’re for Norman if …,” to get information.
The book now has its own Facebook page. But that doesn’t mean the promotion and selling of a book about the early settlers of Norman has gone totally high tech.
“We are still going the old-fashioned route with maybe the fair and the 2nd Friday Art Walk,” Schrems said.
Moore-Lindsay Historical House Museum curator Erin Smith said plans are in the works for a book signing and sales event during the Friday Art Walk in September at MainSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main St., and in October at Tres Cantina, 305 E. Main St.
The book will be officially released to the public on Monday and can be purchased online at normanmuseum.org on Amazon.com, at Barnes and Noble and at the Moore-Lindsay Historical House Museum, 508 N. Peters Ave.
For more information on the book, call Smith at 321-0156.