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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's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will hold a public meeting at 10:30am on Friday September 15, 2017, in the Oklahoma History Center Classroom, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive (just northeast of the State Capitol), Oklahoma City. SHPO staff will provide information about the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and how it supports the statewide preservation program. Also, during the meeting, the SHPO will receive public input for development of the Fiscal Year 2018 Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) application to the U.S. Department of the Interior. Participation in the meeting is one important way to help the SHPO advance Oklahoma's preservation goals.

Under the NHPA, the SHPO administers the federal historic preservation program in Oklahoma. The purpose of the program is to encourage preservation of the state's archeological and historic resources for everyone's benefit. The SHPO conducts surveys to identify archeological and historic resources; nominates eligible properties to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP); comments on the effects of federal undertakings on archeological and historic resources; develops the statewide preservation plan; administers the Certified Local Governments (CLG) Program; provides comments to the National Park Service about rehabilitation projects proposed for federal tax credits; and provides public outreach programs and technical assistance to preservation professionals, government agencies, and interested citizens. The SHPO expects to receive approximately $830,000 from the HPF for these programs and its operations. Ten percent of the HPF award is reserved for pass-through grants to CLGs.

Tomorrow's Legacy: Oklahoma's Statewide Preservation Plan (January 2015-December 2019) (available from the SHPO or at www.okhistory.org/shpo/stateplan.htm) sets forth the statewide preservation community's goals and objectives. The SHPO's priorities for addressing the State Plan's goals are continuation of the archeological and historic/architectural resources survey program, with special emphasis on resources associated with underrepresented peoples, and extension of survey coverage to previously unstudied areas; preparation of NRHP nominations; and continuation of public outreach and technical assistance programs. Your project ideas and recommended priorities for the SHPO's FY 2018 activities will help strengthen preservation efforts in Oklahoma.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, your written comments and suggestions are welcome. You may complete the SHPO's "Project Suggestion Form" and return it by 5:00pm, Friday, September 15, 2017. Call the SHPO at 405/521-6249 or email Jesse Matthews at jmatthews@okhistory.org to request the form.


The Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is pleased to inform applicants for the federal rehabilitation tax credits of a change in the payment for shipping Historic Preservation Certification Applications (Parts 1, 2, and 3), amendments, and other materials to the National Park Service (NPS). Effective May 1, 2017, NPS will cover the SHPO's costs for shipping these materials via Federal Express for overnight delivery to Washington, D.C. Applicants shall no longer provide the SHPO a Federal Express shipping label nor shall the SHPO invoice applicants for any shipping costs. NPS sought approval for and was authorized to provide this service using funds from HPCA review fees.

For futher information, contact:

Melvena Heisch
Deputy SHPO
State Historic Preservation Office
Oklahoma Historical Society
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-7917


As of July 1, 2013, 1,227 Oklahoma buildings, structures, districts, sites, objects, and landscapes are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and the listings are distributed across all of the state's seventy-seven counties (see the list at http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/nationalregister.htm). The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Oklahoma Historical Society, identifies and nominates properties for this special designation, which contributes to their preservation. To ensure that the heritage of all of the state's people is represented in the National Register and to increase public awareness of historic properties in general, the SHPO set a goal to achieve listing for at least five properties in each county.

We are very close to meeting our goal and need only ten more listings spread among six counties as follows:

Cotton County (2 listings needed)

Dewey County (1 listing needed)

Harmon County (1 listing needed)

McClain County (2 listings needed)

Major County (3 listings needed)

To help in the final push to meet the goal, you can complete the SHPO's "Historic Preservation Resource Identification Form" located at http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/nrprelim.htm (then select Form Required for Preliminary Opinion) and submit to the SHPO. Or, you may contact Lynda Ozan, National Register Coordinator, at 405/522-4478 or lozan@okhistory.org with your questions or to request a hard copy of the form.

We will appreciate your help to ensure that the heritage of the entire state is represented in Oklahoma's National Register listings. The SHPO nominates properties to the National Register on a quarterly basis, and several nominations are in process at any one time. Whether a property you think qualifies for the designation is located in an underrepresented county or not, the SHPO wants to hear from you.