OHS Board of Directors
District 3, Checotah
Term expiring 2022
Donna Sharpe, a Checotah native, earned business and accounting degrees at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Sharpe enjoys history, especially with architecture and design, and experiencing it through travel with her husband Logan, two children and their spouses, and three grandchildren.
Sharpe is a charter member of the Checotah Landmark Preservation Society, presently serving as secretary of the organization. She is active in a wide range of civic organizations, including her present service as treasurer of the Checotah Foundation for Academic Excellence, Inc. and member of P.E.O., Chapter BX. Sharpe also serves as purchasing agent and auditor for her church, the First United Methodist Church of Checotah. She was on the building committee to oversee the sanctuary restoration and addition to this historic structure, which is more than one hundred years old. Sharpe has restored a family home (circa 1905) into a guest house and event venue in downtown Checotah called Sharpe House, which she operates with her daughter. She has also renovated the historic home next door to Sharpe House for her parents. With her husband and grown children, she has been a staunch supporter of the preservation and development of the Honey Springs Battlefield site, including the recent construction of a new visitor’s center to promote the history of Oklahoma’s most significant Civil War engagement. As an active member of the Friends of Honey Springs, she participates in the planning and execution of battle reenactments, which are held every two years.
A member of the Oklahoma Historical Society since 1992, Sharpe was elected to the Board of Directors in April 2013 from District 3, where she serves on the Historic Preservation and Museums and Sites Committees. She is also on the OHS Executive Committee. In 2018, she joined the OKPOP Foundation Board of Directors and is anxiously awaiting its completion.