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Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program

Grants-in-Aid Program

The Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program is a grants-in-aid program offered by the Oklahoma Historical Society with a goal of encouraging the collection, preservation, and sharing of Oklahoma history at the grassroots level in all parts of the state. Open to tribal and municipal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations located in Oklahoma and registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State, this grants program offers funding ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for projects focused on collections, exhibits, educational programming and capacity building. Applications for this annual program open in the fall, and award announcements are made in January.

All applicant organizations must have a strategic plan for your organization to be eligible. If your organization does not have a strategic plan, the only project you may apply for is the development of a strategic plan. Learn more about strategic plans and strategic plan development.

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. View the list of grantees.

2021 Oklahoma History Conference
“Perspectives in History”

Thursday, April 22, and Friday, April 23, 2021
The 2021 Oklahoma History Conference is going virtual! Join us April 22–23 as scholars, students, historians, and authors from across the state and country share the history and culture of Oklahoma. This year’s lineup will include eleven live sessions, two programs, and eleven on-demand sessions. The entire conference will be online, including a special tribute to the late Steve Ripley from the Red Dirt Rangers and the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony. We are proud to announce the conference keynote speaker will be celebrated poet, author, and musician Joy Harjo.

Conference Theme
The 2021 theme is “Perspectives in History.” This theme was designed to encourage presentations sharing the story of underrepresented groups, less-known topics, and new points of view.

Professional Development
This year we have expanded conference offerings to include professional development sessions. These presentations will be of particular interest to museum and archive professionals, historical and genealogical societies, students, and educators.

Live sessions focused on professional development will include “Project VOICE: Visions of Inclusion, Culture, and Empathy,” “Good, Better, and Best Practices for Collections Care,” “Developing a Strategic Plan for Your Historical Organization” 

For more information about the conference, including a detailed schedule and online registration, visit https://www.okhistory.org/conference.

Notice of Rulemaking Intent

The OHS is proposing changes to the administrative rules for the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program. Following the completion of the second cycle of grant applications, it was identified that clarification and modification should be made to definitions, eligibility requirements, and eligible projects and expenses. These changes are intended to create better definitions for terms used in the rules and make a clearer determination of ineligible and eligible expenses. 

The public comment period for the proposed amendments to the administrative rules has now ended. The proposed changes can be seen below and was considered for adoption at the meeting of the OHS board of directors on March 24, 2021. The proposed administrative rules will be sent to the legislature for consideration.

View Proposed Rules    View Rules Impact Statement

Grantee List

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