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Thursday, Mar 06 2014 01:52 PM

'First Look': Sisters join forces to move Merle Haggard's boyhood home to museum

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    From left to right, sisters Dianne Sharman and Glenda Rankin talk with Californian Eye Street Editor Jennifer Self about their efforts to move Merle Haggard's boyhood home to the Kern County Museum. They talked about the fundraising needed for the project on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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If you ask sisters Glenda Rankin and Dianne Sharman what their mission is today, they'll tell you one thing -- to move Merle Haggard's boyhood home to the Kern County Museum.

After back-and-forth communication with museum officials, the women's efforts have paid off. The 1935 home will move from Yosemite Drive in Oildale to the museum, but they'll have to come up with the money to make the move -- including $50,000 before the project even starts.

"We are just so excited that we are actually moving the boyhood home of Merle Haggard," Sharman said Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

If they raise the money, the move will not happen in one day. It will be a three-step process to get the home to the museum.

First, they will have to supply a home for the people who currently live in Haggard's home in Oildale. Second, a foundation will have to be poured at the museum on which Merle's "boxcar" home will sit. And finally and most importantly, Rankin and Sharman will have to restore the house at the museum.

The sisters estimate they will need to raise $120,000 to fund the entire project.

"Bakersfield is so generous and we appreciate everyone for everything they have given us," Rankin said.

To help raise money for the move, the women are putting together a nostalgic dinner/dance featuring music by the Wild Blue Rose Band at the Kern County Basque Club, 2301 S. Union Ave.

The event is from 6 to 11 p.m., Friday. The $40 admission includes dinner. For more information, call 867-2511 or visit citizenspreservinghistory.com.


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