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Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Awardees

2020/2021 Grantees

A total of just over $460,000 in grant funds will be distributed for the 2020/2021 grant cycle, with projects ranging from collections care and exhibit development to strategic planning and educational programming.

95th Division Foundation
Oklahoma City | $7,974 | Development of Online Resources for increased accessibility of the 95th Division Memorial

Chickasha Public Library
Chickasha | $20,000 | Digitizing Chickasha Newspapers

Chisholm Trail Museum, Inc.
Kingfisher | $16,686 | Chisholm Trail Museum Educational Development Initiative

Claremore Museum of History
Claremore | $9,846 | On-Site Artifact Storage

Cleveland County Historical Society and Moore-Lindsay Historic House Museum
Norman | $7,000 | Collection Management and Preservation

Drumright Historical Society
Drumright | $2,265 | Collections Management and Storage

Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Wyandotte | $15,827 | Finding the Faces to the 1938 Base Role

Edmond Historic Preservation Trust
Edmond | $1,000 | Strategic Plan Development

The Edwards Store, Inc.
Oklahoma City | $14,004 | Restoration Phase One: Documentation and Interventions

Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City | $20,000 | Collection Digitization

Friends of Fort Gibson Foundation
Fort Gibson | $20,000 | Exhibits for 1870s Hospital Museum

Friends of Fort Towson, Inc.
Fort Towson | $4,700 | Fort Towson Historic Site Handbook

Friends of Historic Fort Supply
Woodward | $3,685 | Sustaining and Keeping Open Historic Fort Supply

Friends of Rentiesville Blues, Inc.
Rentiesville | $7,500 | Digitization of OK Blues Legend D. C. Minner's Original Music Archive

Friends of the Murrell Home
Park Hill | $9,000 | Hunter's Home 2021 Virtual Exhibits

Friends of the Pawnee Bill Ranch Association
Pawnee | $20,000 | Diorama Repair and Revitalization

Grady County Historical Society
Chickasha | $4,000 | Preservation of Special Collections

Greenwood Community Development Corporation/Historic Black Wall Street
Tulsa | $5,000 | Advisory Board and Strategic Plan Development

Keystone Crossroads Historical Society
Mannford | $4,000 | Strategic Plan: Keystone Crossroads Historical Society

Landmark for all Generations, Inc.
Okmulgee | $4,000 | Marketing Plan and Strategy

Lawton Public Library
Lawton | $20,000 | Digital Conversion/Memory Lab

LeFlore County Historical Society
Poteau | $10,000 | Preserving Collections Archive Room

The Military History Center
Broken Arrow | $9,013 | Development of Audio Guided Tours

Modoc Nation
Miami | $19,125 | Modoc Nation Museum Phase 2: Research, Digitization, and Planning

Museum of Horseshoeing, Inc.
Oklahoma City | $20,000 | Museum Tour Experience Implementation

Okeene Historic Preservation Group
Okeene | $14,238 | Okeene History Preservation Project

Oklahoma Sports Museum Association
Guthrie | $10,890 | Protection and Display of Historical Artifacts

The Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
Miami | $11,000 | Collection Preservation Project

Plains Indians & Pioneers Museum
Woodward | $9,909 | McDonald Collection Digitization: Next Phase

Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.
Oklahoma City | $9,068 | Enhancing the Visitor Experience at the Overholser Mansion

Rogers County Historical Society, Inc.
Claremore | $6,750 | Enhancing Our Visitors' Experience Through Educational Signage

Seminole Nation Museum
Wewoka | $20,000 | Rehousing and Accessioning of Collections

Southern Nazarene University
Bethany | $8,810 | Digitization of Route 66, Interurban, and Main Street Intersections in Bethany

Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar
Stillwater | $9,347 | Textile Collection Assessment, Rehousing, and PastPerfect Data Entry

Three Rivers Museum of Muskogee
Muskogee | $13,014 | Preserving Our Collection

Top of Oklahoma Historical Society Museum
Blackwell | $20,000 | Collection Management: What and Where?

The Town of Colony
Colony | $20,000 | Historical Markers: Tracing the History of Colony

Town of McCurtain
McCurtain | $18,775 | McCurtain Historic Preservation and Revitalization Project

U.S. Cavalry Association
El Reno | $11,000 | Website Design

Western Trail Historical Society
Altus | $7,657 | Oral History Collection: Transcriptions and Database

2019/2020 Grantees

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.

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)
Oklahoma City | $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
$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.