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October 12, 2017

The regular quarterly meeting of the Historic Preservation Review Committee (HPRC) will be held at 1:30pm on Thursday, October 12, 2017. The HPRC will meet in the LeRoy H. Fischer Boardroom, Oklahoma History Center (third floor), 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK. The public is invited to attend. (NOTE: If you are a person with a disability and require an accommodation, please contact Lynda Ozan at 405/521-6249 or lozan@okhistory.org by 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Approval of the Historic Preservation Review Committee's July 20, 2017 Minutes
  4. Formulation of Recommendations to the State Historic Preservation Officer Concerning Proposed Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places:
    1. Park Etude, 1028 Connelly Lane, Norman, Cleveland County (Nomination)
    2. 101 Rodeo Arena, 2600 N. Ash Street, Ponca City, Kay County (Nomination)
    3. Attucks Community Center, 1001 S. 12th Street, Ponca City, Kay County (Nomination)
    4. McGraw, James J., House, 400 North 4th Street, Ponca City, Kay County (Nomination)
    5. Roosevelt Elementary School, 815 East Highland Avenue, Ponca City, Kay County (Nomination)
    6. Benedictine Heights Hospital, 2000 West Warner Street, Guthrie, Logan County (Nomination)
    7. Edward Richardson Building, 101 Main Street, Arcadia, Oklahoma County (Nomination)
    8. First Congregational Church, 1887 Cecil Street, Waynoka, Woods County (Nomination)
  5. Other Business:
    1. Historic Preservation Review Committee's Input for Development of the Fiscal Year 2018 Historic Preservation Fund Application
    2. Upcoming Events
  6. Adjournment

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Letter from Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO

Dear Oklahoma Preservation Friends and Colleagues:

As many of you know, I am retiring as Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer on October 1. It has been my great honor and pleasure to work with all of you for the past 41-plus years. It is so rewarding to see the development of Oklahoma's preservation programs demonstrated in the work of federal agencies, tribal governments, state and local governments, and the private sector. The SHPO staff and I thank all of you for your work and look forward to our continued working relationships. While I am retiring from the SHPO, I plan to remain an advocate for historic preservation and hope to work with you in new ways.

Now it is my pleasure to introduce the new Deputy SHPO and two other new staff members. Due to budget reductions, we left our Certified Local Governments Coordinator position open since Glen Roberson's retirement a year ago, and another vacancy recently occurred when Stephanie Ballard resigned as our Survey Coordinator to return home to Virginia.

Lynda Schwan Ozan has been appointed to serve as Oklahoma's Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. Lynda has served as the SHPO's Architectural Historian and National Register Program Coordinator since May 2008. An Ohio native, she has degrees in history and historic preservation and brings over 20 years of preservation experience to her new position. Lynda's research interests span architectural and cultural history and colonial America. She has conducted research in westward expansion settlement patterns; indentured servitude; and modern architectural styles. She is the author of numerous National Register of Historic Places nominations, and published journal articles, most recently an article for The Chronicles of Oklahoma on “The Architectural Legacy of Oklahoma.” For now you may contact Lynda at 405/522-4478 or lozan@okhistory.org. She assumes her new duties on September 15.

Jennifer (Jen) Jones joined the SHPO staff on September 1st as the Certified Local Governments Program Coordinator/Preservation Planner. She holds an M.A in History with an emphasis on historic preservation and museum studies from Oklahoma State University; an M.A. in archaeology and heritage management from the University of Leicester, Leicester, UK; and a B.A. in history and English from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford. Since 2014, Jen has served as Architectural Historian/Historian for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Cultural Resources program. Jen has taught at the college level and owned her own preservation consulting firm, writing several National Register of Historic Places nominations. Contact Jen at 405/521-6387 or jjones@okhistory.org.

David Chunn will join the SHPO staff on September 15th as the Historian/Survey Coordinator. He holds a B.A. in History/Political Science from Auburn University and completed studies in City and Regional Planning at the University of Memphis. David is leaving his position as a Planner in the Department of Planning, City of Hot Springs, Arkansas where he staffed the City's historic preservation commission and managed its certificate of appropriateness process. Contact David at 405/522-2713 or dchunn@okhistory.org after September 15.

I am sure that you will enjoy working with Lynda, Jen, and David in their new positions. The SHPO is currently recruiting candidates for the Architectural Historian/National Register Coordinator position that Lynda previously held and hopes to fill the position soon.

Thank you for working with the SHPO staff and me for the past 40-plus years to preserve Oklahoma’s heritage, and I wish you great success in the future.


Melvena Heisch
Deputy SHPO
State Historic Preservation Office


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, archeological site protection, field and archival research, publications, and public programming. Previous award recipients are featured on the SHPO's website at http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/shpoawards.htm. 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.

The SHPO's awards program includes the Shirk Memorial Award for Historic Preservation and the SHPO's Citation of Merit. The deadline for nominations is 5:00pm, Friday, December 1, 2017, and 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 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 SHPO accepts nominations in either electronic or hard copy format. Obtain the nomination forms and instructions from the SHPO's website at http://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.