Fifties Flashback at the Claremore Museum of History

Last Saturday, the Claremore Museum of History hosted a SOLD OUT event honoring Judy Smith Eagleton, and unveiling the Cadet Grill exhibit, named for her parent’s iconic 1950′s downtown cafe.

Judy Smith Eagleton, with her grandchildren, in front of the new Cadet Grill Exhibit at the Claremore Museum of History.

“Her endless pursuit of knowledge, vast collection of artifacts and photographs, enthusiasm, hard work, willingness to share and her love of Claremore,” continue to be the inspiration to those behind the scenes at the museum.


The “Fifties Flashback” event kicked off at 6:00 p.m., and the juke box was a rockin’! Wayne “Shorty” Dunlap loaned several model cars, Elvis memorabilia and an Americana III Wurlitzer Juke Box.


This shiny red and white 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, provided by Donna Froman, was parked out front and provided a perfect photo opp as guests arrived. Donna’s son, Cary Froman, wasn’t shy about asking folks to hop in for a quick photo. “Just don’t touch the paint!” ;)







The event included a silent auction with 40 unique items from local vendors and businesses.

The Hammett House catered a “Brown Derby” dinner to the 130 guests, and the Spirits of 66 provided beverages to wet their whistles.  A Live Auction followed dinner, and some of the highest bid items included a private guided hunt for two at the Robson Ranch and a Night Out with Sheriff Scott Walton!

THIS JUST IN! We spoke with one of the co-chairs today and we are thrilled to hear that the evening raised over $60,000.00!

This is an incredible boost in momentum for the museum. The generous support of those who donated items for auction, purchased event tickets, and the following event sponsors, will allow the museum to proceed with the History of Claremore Exhibit.

RCB Bank

Robson Properties


The Burrows Agency

Joe & Mollye Blackburn

Hammett House Restaurant

Spirits of 66

If you would like to support the museum, please drop a check in the mail to

Claremore Museum of History, P. O. Box 126, Claremore, OK 74018,

or you can donate online by clicking here.


I am pleased to help celebrate one of the best-known cheerleaders of our hometown, Judy Smith Eagleton. It is also my pleasure to be a supporter of the Claremore Museum of History.

– Frank Robson


We encourage all of our readers to drop by to see the newly unveiled Cadet Grill exhibit in person! The museum is open on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is located at 121 North Weenonah Avenue, Claremore, OK 74017.

Full Feather Photography was honored to be invited out to this event & we look forward to seeing this museum continue to grow! If you attended the event and are interested in purchasing photos from the evening, please visit our gallery page here.

50% of all proceeds from print sale orders received by October 1st, will be donated back to the museum!

Tara Cope, Owner of Full Feather Photography and Museum Volunteer Fern McCoy.

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