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Deadline for Registration (at the $40 rate): May 20, 2016

Register online by May 20 at www.mainstreetenid.org/preservation. Payment for online registration can be made only with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express). For questions about online registration, contact Kelly Tompkins at 580/234-1052 or Kelly@mainstreetenid.org. Request a registration brochure by contacting 405/521-6249 or mheisch@okhistory.org or view it below.

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The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office is pleased to announce its May Workshop series. The sessions will be held May 4 and 5, 2016, in Tulsa in the Bureau of Land Management, Oklahoma Field Office, Main Conference Room, 7906 E. 33rd St, Suite 101, Tulsa. There is ample free parking available. Attendees must enter through security as this is a federal government facility.

The workshops are free and open to the public, but we ask that you register by 5:00pm, Wednesday, April 27. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come basis. To register, contact Jesse Dearman at 405/521-6249 or jdearman@okhistory.org. You may also register online at www.okhistory.org/shpo/workshops.php.

Design professionals who attend the workshops will qualify for HSW hours needed to fulfill requirements of the State of Oklahoma's Board of Governors of Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to participants after the workshops. Self report your attendance to the board.

If you have questions about any of the workshops, contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO, at 405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org.

Workshop Schedule and Descriptions:

May 4 (10:00am-12:00noon) - The Section 106 Review Process: Introduction and Overview (presented by Cate Wood, Historical Archeologist/Section 106 Coordinator)

The workshop provides the basics about Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and how the process works in Oklahoma. Specific topics include who is responsible for Section 106 compliance, when does Section 106 apply, what is the State Historic Preservation Office's role in the process, what other agencies are involved, what is a historic property, and what happens when a project will affect a historic property. The workshop is designed as a stand-alone session and as a companion to Determination of Eligibility under Section 106.

May 4 (1:30pm-4:30pm) - Determination of Eligibility under Section 106 (presented by Lynda Ozan, Architectural Historian/National Register Coordinator)

The session provides a step-by-step description of how to document standing structures for the State Historic Preservation Office's review. Specific topics include a discussion of the National Register of Historic Places Criteria for Evaluation, how to complete the Historic Preservation Resource Identification Form, photograph requirements, what a determination of eligibility means, how differences of opinion about eligibility are resolved, and when consultants may be helpful to agencies in preparing documentation for the Section 106 process. The session is designed as a stand-alone workshop or as a companion to The Section 106 Review Process: Introduction and Overview.

May 5 (10:00am-4:30pm) - Working with the National Register of Historic Places (presented by Lynda Ozan, Architectural Historian/National Register Coordinator)

The National Register of Historic Places is the foundation of the SHPO's programs, and a basic understanding of the register is essential for those involved in historic preservation at all levels of government and in the private sector. The workshop provides detailed information about the National Register criteria, what listing means, the rights of property owners in the nomination process, tips for preparing successful nominations, and much more.


The Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) announces its annual matching grants to state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations for the preparation of National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations. The SHPO has reserved $10,000 of its FY 2016 Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) allocation from the U.S. Department of the Interior for the program. The funds will be equally divided for award in two grant rounds with any funds remaining from Round 1 carried over for Round 2. Applications and detailed instructions are available from the SHPO. The deadline for Round 1 applications is 5:00pm, April 1, and the deadline for Round 2 applications is 5:00pm, June 3. Each grant is limited to $1,000.00, and the applicant must provide a nonfederal, cash match of at least $700.00. Grant recipients will use the grant funds and nonfederal match to retain an appropriately qualified professional to prepare a complete individual property nomination package for the NRHP. Applicants must be aware that $1,700.00 (federal grant + nonfederal match) is only an estimate of the cost for such projects and that more than the minimum $700 nonfederal match may be necessary to cover the consultant fee. Consultants must consider the nature of the property proposed for nomination and many other factors as they develop their fee proposals.

The NRHP is the catalogue of our nation's significant buildings, structures, sites, districts, objects, and landscapes important in our past. While listing is not a guarantee of preservation or of financial assistance, the NRHP status of a property is often critical to the strategy for its preservation. The NRHP provides increased public awareness of these irreplaceable resources, provides limited protection for them, qualifies property owners for federal and state tax credits under certain circumstances, and may qualify the property owner for grant assistance when such programs are funded.

To obtain an application you may contact the SHPO at 405/521-6249 or click the button below.

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Save the dates, June 1-3, 2016, for Preservation is Golden: Oklahoma's 28th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. In 2016, the United States will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) through Preservation50. Government agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens will engage in programs and activities to highlight historic preservation successes over the last half century, evaluate the NHPA's role in these achievements, and consider goals for the national preservation program for the next fifty years. Oklahoma's 28th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference is just one of the ways the state's preservation partners will join the celebration.

Preservation is Golden features two plenary sessions, with Erik M. Hein, Executive Director, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, Washington, D.C.; and Norma Ramirez de Miess, Senior Program Officer and Director of Leadership Development, National Main Street Center, Chicago, as featured speakers.

Additionally, three concurrent tracks of sessions will include:
TRACK A: Preservation50, focusing on the NHPA's impacts on historic preservation in Oklahoma;
TRACK B: Gold Medal Preservation Performances, featuring case studies on the identification, evaluation, restoration, rehabilitation, stabilization, and reconstruction of historic properties;
and TRACK C: Golden Opportunities, highlighting the economic and social benefits of historic preservation, the need for a new generation of preservation leaders, and effective preservation organizations.

Special events include the opening reception; local tours; Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.'s annual meeting and luncheon; and the State Historic Preservation Office's annual awards banquet.

Conference cosponsors include Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office; Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Main Street Center; Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.; and Main Street Enid, Inc.

Full conference program and registration information will be available in late April. Follow conference developments at http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/conference.htm; http://www.facebook.com/okshpo; http://www.twitter.com/okshpo; and http://www.okpreservationconference.wordpress.com.


The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for Oklahoma college and university students to attend Preservation is Goldenn: Oklahoma's 28th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. It will be held June 1-3, 2016, in downtown Enid (full registration and program details available in late April).

Twenty (20) scholarships are available on a first-come basis to those who qualify. The scholarship covers the conference registration fee, and the application deadline is 5:00pm, Friday, May 6. For details and an application form contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO, at 405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org, or visit the SHPO's website at www.okhistory.org/shpo/conference.htm.


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.