Linda Knebel, who's lived here for 22 years, said Guthrie "did a big thing for Okemah" and openly honoring him is the best way to return the favor.
"It was the old codgers who said that" about Guthrie, Knebel said. "I'm glad those thoughts are going away."
Organizers hope to raise money for the project through donations and a benefit concert in Tulsa by singer Kris Kristofferson in mid-October, among other events.
Construction is scheduled for November through May.
Kansas-based project coordinator Dan Riedemann, who owns a company that restores celebrity properties, said the undertaking will preserve Oklahoma's music royalty for future generations.
"He's their Elvis Presley, and this is their Graceland," he said in a recent interview.
Guthrie's family members have also praised the plan. His granddaughter, Annie Hays Guthrie, who travels to Okemah every year, said she feels like a part of her has "come home."
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