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The Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office ships all Historic Preservation Certification Application (HPCA) Parts 1, 2, 3, amendments, and related materials to the National Park Service, Washington, D.C., via Federal Express for delivery within two business days. Due to the processing and internal routing of mail, this is the only way to track delivery to and guarantee timely receipt of these important materials by NPS.

Effective July 1, 2016, applicants must cover all Federal Express charges incurred by the SHPO for submission of HPCAs for their rehabilitation projects. Applicants shall either:

  1. Provide the SHPO with a Federal Express shipping label with the applicant's account number printed on it. The SHPO shall use the label to ship the package to NPS; or

  2. Promptly reimburse the SHPO for the Federal Express charges. The SHPO shall invoice the applicant immediately for the Federal Express charges incurred, and the applicant shall provide payment to the SHPO within thirty (30) days of receipt of the invoice.

For information about Federal Express charges, visit http://www.fedex.com/ratetools/RateToolsMain.do.


The Oklahoma Historical Society's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will hold a public meeting at 10:30am on Friday September 16, 2016, 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 2017 Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) application to the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Nation is celebrating the NHPA's 50th anniversary this year. Your participation in this public meeting is an important way you can join the celebration and help the SHPO advance Oklahoma's preservation goals for the future.

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 ideas and priorities for the SHPO's activities in each of these program areas in FY 2017 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 16, 2016. Call the SHPO at 405/521-6249 or e-mail Melvena Heisch at mheisch@okhistory.org to request the form or obtain it at SHPO Forms.


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.