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10/02/17

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Lynda Ozan
State Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-4478
lozan@okhistory.org
www.okhistory.org/shpo

SHPO Accepting Awards Nominations

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), is now accepting nominations for its 2018 awards program. Individuals, businesses, government agencies and organizations contribute to the preservation of Oklahoma's heritage through rehabilitation/restoration projects, archaeological site protection, field and archival research, publications and public programming. Submit a nomination and help the SHPO celebrate accomplishments like these and the many ways the National Historic Preservation Act impacts communities of all sizes. Previous award recipients are featured on the SHPO's website, www.okhistory.org/shpo/shpoawards.htm.

The SHPO's awards program includes the Shirk Memorial Award for Historic Preservation and the SHPO's Citation of Merit. The Shirk Memorial Award for Historic Preservation recognizes historic preservation programs or activities that have had statewide impact. The SHPO's Citation of Merit highlights noteworthy accomplishments in historic preservation at the state or local level.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017. The SHPO accepts nominations in either electronic or hard copy format. Obtain the nomination forms and instructions from the SHPO's website at www.okhistory.org/shpo/shpoawards.htm. To request nomination forms and instructions or to ask questions, call the SHPO at 405-521-6249 or email jmatthews@okhistory.org.

Nomination sponsors and award recipients will receive notice of the results of the selection process in February 2018. The awards will be presented at the banquet during Oklahoma's 30th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference in Tulsa June 6–8, 2018.

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 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 about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.

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