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October 16, 2014

The regular quarterly meeting of the Historic Preservation Review Committee (HPRC) will be held at 1:30pm on Thursday, October 16, 2014. 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 Melvena Heisch at 405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org by 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, so that we can make the arrangements.)


  1. Call to Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Approval of the Historic Preservation Review Committee's July 2014 Minutes
  4. Formulation of Recommendations to the State Historic Preservation Officer Concerning Proposed Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places:
    1. Kennedy Mansion, 502 South Okmulgee Avenue, Okmulgee, Okmulgee County (Nomination)
    2. Union School District 19 Ĺ, SW corner of 149th Street and S. Luther Road, Newalla, Cleveland County (Nomination)
    3. Town House Hotel, 627 Northwest Fifth Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County (Nomination)
    4. Millerís Boulevard Historic District, Bounded by NW 16th St., N Villa Ave., Rear Lot Lines/Alley South of W Park Pl., and N May Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County (Nomination)
    5. Main Street Arcade, 629 West Main Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County (Nomination)
    6. Oklahoma A& M College Dairy Barn, 2624 West McElroy Rd, Stillwater, Payne County (Nomination)
    7. Fox Hotel, 201 East W.C. Rogers Boulevard, Skiatook, Tulsa County (Nomination)
    8. Bacone College Historic District, Old Bacone Road, Muskogee, Muskogee County (Nomination)
  5. Other Business:
    1. Update on Revision of Tomorrow's Legacy: Oklahoma's Statewide Preservation Plan
    2. Historic Preservation Review Committee's Input for development of the FY 2015 Historic Preservation Fund application to the National Park Service
    3. Upcoming Events
  6. Adjournment


In October, museums, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and individual archeologists will share information about the special places that tell the story of the state's distant past in celebration of Oklahoma Archaeology Month. Cosponsors of this first annual statewide observance include the Oklahoma Anthropological Society; Oklahoma Archeological Survey; Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office; and the University of Oklahoma Anthropology Department.

Oklahoma's diverse histories, cultures, and voices create a complex web of social interaction and exchange that is both fragile and strong, constantly in imminent danger of loss. And yet, from centuries past to the present day, we persist, and we build. These topics and much more are featured in the Oklahoma Archaeology Month agenda.

Archaeologists hosting events or providing presentations represent federal, tribal, and state agencies; cultural resource management; academic institutions; and museums. Their goal is to increase awareness of the diverse archaeological and cultural preservation projects occurring statewide, as well as to encompass as many perspectives as possible.

These family and community oriented events include demonstrations of prehistoric daily life, cultural heritage performances and displays, as well as presentations of current archaeological research. Scheduled events include:

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Oklahoma Archaeology Month is about more than artifacts and history. It is a conduit for sharing knowledge and culture. It is an opportunity to look at the present from the perspectives of multiple histories and multiple voices. It highlights Oklahoma's unique past, its present, and its future.

To learn more about Oklahoma Archaeology Month activities in your area, visit http://www.facebook.com/archaeologymonth. Also, tune into Oklahoma Horizon in the coming weeks for an interview with Stephanie Stutts, University of Oklahoma graduate student and organizer of Oklahoma Archeology Month in which she discusses the goals and events of the celebration. If you have questions, contact Stephanie Stutts at sastutts@ou.edu.


The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), is now accepting nominations for its 2015 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 focus attention on accomplishments like these in your community.

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 5th, and nomination sponsors and award recipients will receive notice of the results of the selection process in February 2015. The awards will be presented at the banquet during Oklahoma's 27th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference in Bartlesville (June 3-5, 2015).

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.

If you have questions about the awards criteria, contact Melvena Heisch at 405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org.

The SHPO accepts nominations in either electronic or hard copy format. To request nomination forms and instructions, contact Betty Harris at 405/521-6249 or bharris@okhistory.org. Or, obtain the information from the SHPO's website at http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/shpoawards.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)

Marshall County (1 listing 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.


The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is pleased to announce the availability of Oklahoma's Historic Route 66 Mobile Tour. It is part of our ongoing effort to share information about the state's heritage and its preservation through current technology.

Designated in 1926, the 2,400 miles of Route 66 linked rural communities to urban ones, permitting an unprecedented flow of ideas and economic growth across the country. It saw the migration of Dust Bowl refugees; World War II troop movement; the advent of car culture and automobile tourism; and it facilitated large-scale settlement of the west. The highway has come to symbolize the spirit and freedom of America, and the pursuit of the American Dream. The "Mother Road" gained legendary status through song, film, television, books, and personal experiences, and represents an important chapter in American history.

In 1985, Route 66 was decommissioned as a federal highway, but Oklahomans continue to celebrate the road and its landmarks. Through the SHPO's programs, dozens of Route 66 roadbed segments, bridges, service stations, motels, cafes, and related landmarks are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Many of them continue to serve travelers, while others are vacant for now, rapidly deteriorating, or already lost to us. There are many ongoing efforts to protect our state's Route 66 legacy and share it with visitors from around the world. Our mobile tour is designed to enhance these efforts by explaining the significance of each of these places. Museums that tell the Route 66 story are also featured in the tour.

To access the tour as you drive the historic highway or as you relax at home, just call 405/415-0626, listen to the brief introduction and instructions, and enter the stop numbers (1-72) using your telephone keypad. You then hear or read the text captioned name, location, and brief narrative for each stop. To move to another stop, enter the number when prompted at the end of a stop narrative. The list of stops is provided in a brochure available at museums and other locations along the tour route or from the SHPO. Also, the list and map of the stops are found at www.okhistory.org/route66mobiletour. If you are using a smart phone, you can link to more about each stop in particular and about Historic Route 66 in general. The tour is made available through the services of OnCell Systems, Inc.