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Cherokee Strip Museum to receive Nancy Denner exhibit


Workers study the plans for the Nancy Denner exhibit. From left: Beth Smith, curator; Darrell Kline, electrican; Tom Roberts, carpenter; Valerie Duncan and Ted Slate from the Oklahoma Historical Society.

The Cherokee Strip Museum is scheduled to receive a new exhibit from the Nancy Denner McGowen family, telling of Nancy Denner's (as she was then) journey from small town Alva to second runner up in the 1957 Miss America Pageant.

Denner is the daughter of the late Joe and Mary Denner, owners of the Golden Krust Bakery in earlier days of Alva.

The Alva Chamber of Commerce needed a participant to send to the Miss Oklahoma Pageant and Denner was selected to go. She represented Alva in the competition where she won the title, the crown and the right to go on to the Miss America competition, held...

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