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Tomorrow's Legacy: Oklahoma's Statewide Preservation Plan

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2015 Statewide Preservation Plan

The Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) invites you to comment on the preliminary draft of Tomorrow's Legacy: Oklahoma's Statewide Preservation Plan 2015. The State Plan highlights Oklahoma's archeological and historic resources, discusses threats to them, provides a vision for the future of the statewide historic preservation program, and includes the goals and objectives for implementing this vision over the next five years. The preliminary draft is available below for comment, or you may request a hard copy from the SHPO. All comments received by 5:00pm, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, will be considered as the SHPO develops the second draft of the document.

The preliminary draft reflects input from federal, tribal, state, and local governments; nonprofit organizations; preservation professionals; the business and development community; and individual citizens. The SHPO received these views through a survey (distributed at the 2013 statewide preservation conference and made available online), a public meeting, three roundtable discussion sessions, and the October 2013 meetings of the Historic Preservation Review Committee and the Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors, Historic Preservation Committee. We greatly appreciate the time and thoughtful participation of everyone who has helped with our process so far. The response to our requests for input was extraordinary, and we have made every effort to incorporate as many of the ideas presented as possible. We sincerely want the State Plan to accurately reflect the goals of Oklahoma's entire preservation community, and we look forward to hearing from you by April 15th. The second draft will be made available for comment in May. If you have any questions or wish to request a hard copy of the preliminary draft State Plan, contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO, State Historic Preservation Office at 405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org.


2010 Statewide Preservation Plan

Tomorrow's Legacy in PDF
Planning Process Document


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).

Prehistoric Contexts

Historic Contexts