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2019/2020 Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Awardees

A total of just over $410,000 in grant funds were awarded for the 2019/2020 grant cycle, with projects ranging from collections care and exhibit development to strategic planning and educational programming. Eighty-seven organizations applied for funding in the inaugural year of the program, with forty-three organizations ultimately receiving grant funds.

Atoka County Historical Society, Atoka
$17,492 | Collections Digitization
Awarded funds for a collections digitization project that will help create a database storage system for collections archiving. The project will include the purchase of PastPerfect software, a scanner, online training, digital camera, new computer, and temporary staff for one year.

Bristow Historical Society Inc, Bristow
$6,000 | Bristow’s Story - Chapter II
Awarded funds for an oral history project that will mimic an oral history collection they have from the 1980s. They will hire a part-time person to interview forty Bristow citizens for one-hour interviews reflecting a cross-section of the community.

Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah
$8,100 | Cherokee Heritage Center Strategic Plan
Awarded funds to contract with a professional facilitator for a new and updated strategic plan. Part of the eligibility requirements for the grant program is that the organization must have a strategic plan. If the organization does not have a strategic plan, the only grant an organization could apply for was the development of a strategic plan.

Chisholm Trail Museum, Kingfisher
$20,000 | Collections Storage
Awarded funds for phase two of a multiphase improvement plan for the museum to modernize its collection area, provide climate control, and meet established best practices. They will create a new dedicated space for collection storage, which will include items such as new shelving, storage materials, storage racks, and a dedicated setup space for collections and exhibit preparation.

Choctaw County Genealogical Society, Hugo
$3,500 | Voices of Choctaw County, Oklahoma - Oral History
Awarded funds to create a collection of oral histories based on interviews with older Choctaw County citizens. The grant will help fund the purchase of media equipment such as lighting, carrying cases, microphones, recorders, and also pay for transcription services.

City of Wagoner, Wagoner
$20,000 | Acquire the Shirle Lamb Williams Collection
Awarded funds to purchase the collection of Shirle Lamb Williams, who is a descendant of Wagoner’s earliest settlers. The collection includes artifacts and photos from the early 1900s and late 1800s and archival items such as first the city treasurer’s book.

Claremore Museum of History, Claremore
$15,725 | MoH Security System
Awarded funds to update the security system as part of meeting industry standards for the organization to be eligible for American Alliance of Museums accreditation and loans from other institutions, as well as protection of valuable collections. This will include indoor and outdoor cameras, management software, access control, smoke/heat detectors, and a burglar alarm.

Cleveland County Historical Society and Moore-Lindsay Historic House Museum, Norman
$4,950 | Creating a Multi-Sensory Museum Experience
Awarded funds to add multi-sensory items in the house museum to enhance the experience with smells, sounds, and tactile experience. They will also create a touchscreen guide that will add to the interpretation and allow for better enjoyment for visitors who are unable to get upstairs due to accessibility constraints.

Delaware Tribe of Indians, Bartlesville
$6,500 | Develop Strategic Plan for Delaware Tribe Cultural Center
Awarded funds to develop a strategic plan through the help of a professional facilitator for the cultural center. Part of the eligibility requirements for the grant program is that the organization must have a strategic plan. If the organization does not have a strategic plan, the only grant an organization could apply for was the development of a strategic plan.

Drumright Historical Society, Drumright
$1,000 | Development of Five-Year Strategic Plan
Awarded funds to develop a strategic plan utilizing a paid facilitator. Part of the eligibility requirements for the grant program is that the organization must have a strategic plan. If the organization does not have a strategic plan, the only grant an organization could apply for was the development of a strategic plan.

Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Wyandotte
$20,000 | Photograph Preservation Project
Awarded funds to facilitate digital storage for a photograph preservation project, which will facilitate digital storage for a photo collection, identify and create a catalog for the collection using PastPerfect, and process the collection.

Edmond Historical Society & Museum, Edmond
$2,800 | Route 66 Exhibit Structure & Signage
Awarded funds for elements of a new exhibit on Route 66.

Fort Sill Chiricahua/Warm Springs Apache Tribe, Apache
$10,024 | Preservation Storage
Awarded funds to create a solution to difficulties relating to the long-term storage of the Prisoner of War Audio Collection, which recorded Apache prisoners of war seized with Geronimo in 1886. The collection includes over 400 hours of reel to reels and cassettes that were recently digitized. In order to transfer the collection to a new long-term server, the organization will need to compile, digitize, and integrate the collection before it can be uploaded.

Friends of Historic Fort Supply, Fort Supply
$3,591 | Developing a sustainable tour guide and public accessibility plan
Awarded funds hire a contractor to act as a tour guide for the summer of 2020. In addition to having the site, open this tour guide will help to develop training documents for future tour guides to allow for sustainability for a future contractor or volunteer program.

Friends of the Murrell Home, Park Hill
$7,782 | Hunter’s Home Heritage Livestock Program
Awarded funds to purchase supplies necessary to build a sheep program at Hunter’s Home. This will allow for the creation of a year-round heritage program to include shearing, range management, and preventative care. It will also help create a fiber arts program (wool, knitting).

Friends of the Pawnee Bill Ranch Association, Pawnee
$20,000 | Exhibit Renovation
Awarded funds to create new exhibit text and display in the main gallery area, which has not been updated since 1969. This new exhibit, with proper lighting/cases, etc., will better protect artifacts on display and will place more importance on educational and interpretive aspects of Pawnee Bill, placing him in a larger context of Oklahoma history.

Goingsnake District Heritage Association, Westville
$5,000 | Programming Technology Upgrade
Awarded funds to enhance the organization’s main form of serving the public via monthly public meetings. In an effort to better serve the community and possibly reach a larger audience, they will purchase equipment to allow for presentations to be more IT-friendly and, in turn, allow for presentations to be put online. This will include a laptop, digital projector, website revamp, digital scanner, and camcorder. They would use these digital enhancements to serve a wider audience via their website. They will also use the scanner and camera to put collections and vertical files online.

Grady County Historical Society, Chickasha
$10,000 | Collections Management and Care
Awarded funds for the purchase of collections care items such as fire-resistant cabinets, tissue paper, folders, archival boxes, book and document scanner, and gloves.

Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, OKC
$18,300 | Machine Gun Kelly Kidnapping Case Exhibit
Awarded funds for an exhibit that will cover the trial, national relevance, and societal response to the kidnapping of Charles Urschel from his Heritage Hills home by Machine Gun Kelly and his gang. It will include Urschel family scrapbooks currently held in the organization’s collection.

Landmark for All Generations, Okmulgee
$6,587 | Landmark for all Generation Historical Marker
Awarded funds for a historical marker for the Okmulgee Black Hospital. This will include site preparation, concrete foundation, granite marker, and lighting.

McLoud Historical Society Museum and Heritage Center, McLoud
$5,000 | Blackberry Era Display, 30 years as Blackberry Capital of the World
Awarded funds for an exhibit that will explore the historic basis for the annual Blackberry Festival in McLoud.

Mid-Continent Geological Library (MCGL), Oklahoma City
$20,000 | Digitization of Historical Oklahoma Sample Strip Log Collection
Awarded funds to digitize sample strip logs from the 1920s to 1967 from most counties in Oklahoma, particularly the Oklahoma City Field and West Edmond Field. This collection will serve geologists, engineers, hydrologists, earth scientists, small municipalities, and also be used in academic research.

Modoc Nation, Miami
$5,390 | Strategic Action Planning Project
Awarded funds to hire a consultant to develop a more robust cultural institution and create a phasing plan for continued development. The organization’s end goal is the development of a new tribal museum.

Muscogee Historical & Cultural Foundation, Okmulgee
$13,000 | Native American Storytelling Series
Awarded funds for a series of storytelling events that will be free to the public in Tulsa coupled with ticketed educational storytelling workshops. Additionally, two events will be held in Muskogee and Okmulgee. The grant will cover the honorarium for the four artists and the videography/audio recording production of events.

Okeene Historic Preservation Group, Okeene
$4,387 | Okeene Historic Preservation Group Five-Year Strategic Plan
Awarded funds to hire a professional to facilitate the development of a strategic plan. Part of the eligibility requirements for the grant program is that the organization must have a strategic plan. If the organization does not have a strategic plan, the only grant an organization could apply for was the development of a strategic plan.

Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society, Inc., Drummond
$1,500 | The Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society Strategic Plan
Awarded funds to hire a professional facilitator to lead them through the development of a strategic plan. Part of the eligibility requirements for the grant program is that the organization must have a strategic plan. If the organization does not have a strategic plan, the only grant an organization could apply for was the development of a strategic plan.

Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame, Inc., Clearview
$15,500 | Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame Kiosks
Awarded funds to create two mobile kiosks containing biographical and video information about inductees. One kiosk will be located in the African American experience exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center, and the other will be at the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame in Clearview.

Oklahoma Genealogical Society (OGS), OKC
$20,000 | Preservation of First Families of Twin Territories and Promotion of Settlers/Builders and Oklahoma Military Records
Awarded funds to digitize three major collections held by the Oklahoma Genealogical Society. These are prominent collections that affect numerous OGS members and Oklahomans. The grant will provide for a scanner with installation and training and promotion materials for newly digitized records

Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center (FHC), Broken Bow
$20,000 | FHC Courtyard Exhibit
Awarded funds for a portion of a larger project, which is an outdoor exhibit including exterior and interior grade interpretive signs, creation of a walking path, and building a new deck with a fire tower cab replica. The grant will pay for the interpretive sign portion of the outdoor exhibit.

Plains Indians & Pioneers Museum (PIPM), Woodward
$11,178 | McDonald Collection Digitization
Awarded funds to catalog, digitize, and move online a vast collection of photographic negatives, slides, and prints in the PIPM collection. From a studio collection that served four counties and operated for most of the 20th century. The project will include 5,000 of the 45,000 images housed in the collection.

Rogers County Historical Society, Claremore
$5,400 | Strategic Planning for Rogers County Historical Society
Awarded funds to develop a strategic plan with the help of a facilitator to help the organization make a decision relating to the finance and preservation of and continued involvement with the Belvidere Mansion and Totem Pole Park. Part of the eligibility requirements for the grant program is that the organization must have a strategic plan. If the organization does not have a strategic plan, the only grant an organization could apply for was the development of a strategic plan.

Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum, Sand Springs
$3,500 | Story Board Redesign
Awarded funds to redesign outdated storyboards telling the history of Charles Page and the Children’s Home of Sand Springs. This new interpretation will have more modern graphics and an updated narrative.

Seminole Nation Museum, Wewoka
$20,000 | “An Everlasting Fire: The Seminoles of Oklahoma” - Implementation Phase
Awarded funds for an exhibit exploring the Seminole Nation history and customs from origins in the Southeast all the way to the 21st century. It will replace the existing “all purpose” exhibit, which has been in existence in varying forms since the museum’s opening in 1974. The museum has been working with a five-member committee of Seminole tribal members. Construction of the exhibit space has been completed, which included new industry-standard exhibit cases and lighting. Grant funds will be for the development and installation of panels, graphics, and digital content.

Southern Nazarene University Archives, Bethany
$12,500 | Rehousing to Increase Accessibility and Usage
Awarded funds to create a comprehensive plan for storage of archival collections and relocate holdings. Currently archives are dispersed in multiple locations, and searchability of the collection is also limited. The library has increased the collection of artwork, artifacts, and digital media, and now needs to create better archival storage. The grant will fund the storage materials preservation supplies, environmental monitoring equipment, and staff time.

Stephens County Genealogy Library, Duncan
$1,916 | Preservation Implementation
Awarded funds for the implementation of preservation upgrades to purchase UV-light filter sleeves for current florescent lights and a data logger to track humidity.

Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
$8,460 | Special Collection Strategic Plan Development
Awarded funds to hire a specialist to have one pre-planning meeting and four planning sessions to create a strategic plan that is specific to special collections. Part of the eligibility requirements for the grant program is that the organization must have a strategic plan. If the organization does not have a strategic plan, the only grant an organization could apply for was the development of a strategic plan.

Stroud Public Library, Stroud
$1,000 | Archive & Preservation Policy/Governing Documents Workshop
Awarded funds to secure long-term management and care of items housed at the library. Currently, they do not have an archival policy or preservation plan. They will hire an expert to help write a comprehensive archive and preservation policy for their local history collection.

Talbot Library & Museum Association, Colcord
$900 | Strategic Plan Development
Awarded funds to utilize a consultant to develop a strategic plan. Part of the eligibility requirements for the grant program is that the organization must have a strategic plan. If the organization does not have a strategic plan, the only grant an organization could apply for was the development of a strategic plan.

The Edwards Store, Inc., Red Oak
$10,000 | Stone Chimney Protection
Awarded funds for the protection of two native stone chimneys from the 1850s and 1870s through stabilization techniques using a log cabin restoration expert who will use industrial shrink-wrap embedded with wooden lathes. The organization’s long term hope is to raise funds to have the chimneys restored. This process will preserve them until that time.

The Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar, Stillwater
$9,076 | Digitization of Stillwater Ledgers, Dockets, and Minutes (1888-1950)
Awarded funds for phase one of an ongoing project that will allow for the purchase of a scanner to digitize twelve linear-feet of documents in the collection, install a replacement network server to store the images, a PastPerfect software upgrade, and hire a student to digitize the collection.

Three Rivers Museum of Muskogee, Muskogee
$5,000 | Development of a Strategic Plan
Awarded funds for the development of a strategic plan utilizing a paid consultant. Part of the eligibility requirements for the grant program is that the organization must have a strategic plan. If the organization does not have a strategic plan, the only grant an organization could apply for was the development of a strategic plan.

Western Trail Historical Society, Altus
$8,037 | Museum of the Western Prairie Oral History Collection: Digitization and Transcription
Awarded funds to digitize an oral history collection from the 1970s and 1980s currently on cassette tapes. Topics included in the collection are club histories, depression-era stories, and the WWII POW experience. Once the collection is digitized, fifty interviews will be selected to be transcribed, edited, timestamped, and indexed.

Wilson Historical Society, Inc., Wilson
$1,880 | Wilson Oral Histories
Awarded funds for an oral history project, which will obtain twenty-five to thirty oral histories from current and former Wilson-area residents. After attending an oral history workshop, three board members are now trained and dedicated to conducting, editing, and transcribing the finished product. The funds will aid in the purchase of software, a digital camera, an external hard drive, and flash drives.