Our 2023 '89er Days

Souvenier Booster Button

​​​2000-Current:  $5.00

​1990-1999:  $10.00

1980-1989:  $10.00 *

   * Except 1984:  $20.00

1970-1979:  $15.00

1969 and Older:  $20.00


Stop by the Lobby at BancFirst

at 202 W. Oklahoma Avenue in Guthrie

to see their large collection. 

Judith Carter Horton - A True Pioneer Woman

Featured on Our 2023 '89er Days Souvenier Booster Button

In 1908, the Excelsior Library, the first public library for African Americans in Oklahoma, was founded here, in Guthrie. Judith Carter Horton was instrumental in the creation of that historic treasure. She was also the founder of the first African American women’s club in Oklahoma, the Excelsior Club. She helped found the Oklahoma State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. She was the founder of the Westside Warner Congregational Church, and she helped establish the State Training School for Boys in Boley, Oklahoma.

During her extraordinary life, Ms. Horton also worked as a Latin and English teacher at Faver School until she retired in 1936.  She was laid to rest in Summit View Cemetery. 

Her contributions to the advancement of black Americans and the history of Oklahoma cannot be measured. In September of 2018, Horton was inducted into the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame.

"I can conceive of no better or surer way to hasten the education and uplift of our people than the establishment of reading rooms, and libraries in every community. When we become a reading people, we will be a thinking people." - Judith Carter Horton



Designed by Conna Dewart of Guthrie

Our 2023 Booster Button is available for sale at The American Legion at (405) 282-2589, from our'89er Queen and Princess, from ‘89er Committee members, from American Legion LeBron Post members, or from any of the following Guthrie businesses:

  • Willoby’s Feed & Outfitters at 221 E. Harrison
  • BancFirst at 202 W. Oklahoma
  • Guthrie Chamber of Commerce at 113 W. Oklahoma
  • Guthrie News Leader at 212 W. Oklahoma
  • Dewart- Gumerson Insurance Agency at 102 N. Broad
  • Ochs Real Estate at 102 W. Oklahoma
  • Rose Trellis Antiques and Gifts at 115 W. Harrison
  • ​Shear Sensations at 113 N 2nd 
  • Honeybird Home Decor and Gifts at 117 W Harrison
  • The Guthrie Police Department at 306 W Oklahoma
  • Magnolia Antique Mall at 111 W Oklahoma
  • Wisteria Antique Mall at 120 W Oklahoma

2023 Buttons are $5.00 each.

Our "Pioneer Women" themed button features Judith Carter Horton, an early Oklahoma educator and the founder of the Excelsior Library. This year's button was designed by Conna Dewart of Guthrie. Learn more about Ms. Horton below.