Tomorrow's Legacy: Oklahoma's Statewide Preservation Plan
Survey for Updating Tomorrow's Legacy: Oklahoma's Statewide Preservation Plan
The State Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma Historical Society (SHPO), is updating the statewide preservation plan, and your input is vital to our understanding of historic preservation issues across Oklahoma. By working together, citizens; federal, tribal, state, and local governments; preservation professionals; nonprofit organizations; and the business and development community can set attainable goals to preserve Oklahoma’s important historic properties and the unique character of each community while enhancing their economic vitality, and quality of life. Over the next eighteen months, we will receive public input, hold meetings, and issue drafts of the plan for comment. The process is designed to ensure the final plan addresses the needs of all of its users. We invite you to join the effort by completing this brief survey.
Before completing the survey, you may find it helpful to review the current plan found below.
2010 Statewide Preservation Plan
What are Historic Contexts?
Tomorrow's Legacy: Oklahoma's Statewide Preservation Plan sets forth the vision for preservation efforts in Oklahoma, identifies categories of resources (archeological and historic), discusses threats to significant resources, outlines goals and objectives for preservation efforts, and provides other helpful information. The State Plan is based in part on historic contexts.
A historic context is a unit created for planning purposes that groups information about historic properties based on a theme, specific time period, and geographical area. Historic context material is found in National Register of Historic Places nominations, survey reports, and other sources. The State Historic Preservation Office produces detailed historic contexts as products of the comprehensive statewide planning program, and the historic contexts available in this format are found in this section of the SHPO's website.
The State Plan divides Oklahoma's resources into two categories, prehistoric and historic. By clicking on the following links, you will find maps that illustrate how Oklahoma is divided into management regions (the geographic element for the historic contexts). Oklahoma's unique settlement history determined the management region boundaries. Historic context development is an ongoing process, and formal historic context documents for each theme are not available for all management regions under the historic component of the State Plan. Researchers should also consult Historical Archaeology in Oklahoma (see "Historic Contexts" below).