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01/05/15

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Contact: Glen R. Roberson
State Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-521-6387
groberson@okhistory.org
www.okhistory.org/shpo

McClain County Farm Owners Receive Centennial Farm Award

Oklahoma City, Okla. -- Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Melvena Heisch announced that an Oklahoma Centennial Farm Award has been presented to the owner of a McClain County farm. Gilbert Purcell and Susan Purcell Perine of Blanchard own the Jewell Eugenia Nichols Farm located south of Blanchard. The family has run cattle and planted wheat, hay, alfalfa and corn since great-grandmother Velary Etta Colbert Nichols acquired the land in 1904.  
    
To qualify for a Centennial Farm or Ranch Award, a property must be owned by a family member for at least 100 years and must be operated or occupied by a family member or leased out by a family member over the age of 65. The property must include a minimum of 40 acres and gross annual sales of at least $1,000. The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry have sponsored the Centennial Farm and Ranch Awards for 25 years, in which time four awards have been given in McClain County.

For further information on the Centennial Farm and Ranch Program, contact Glen R. Roberson at 405-521-6387 or groberson@okhistory.org.

The State Historic Preservation Office is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information visit www.okhistory.org.





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