Tomorrow's Legacy: Oklahoma's Statewide Preservation Plan
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).