August 22, 2019
Oklahoma Historical Society to Host Presentation on New Grant Program in Altus
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) will host a presentation on Friday, September 13, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus to share information with the public about the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program. This new grants-in-aid program will set aside $500,000 to award grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to municipal, county or tribal governments or nonprofit historical organizations registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. The grants will be specific to three categories: collections, exhibits and programs. The online application will open on Monday, September 9, 2019, and close on Friday, November 8, 2019, at 5 p.m., with award announcements being made in late January 2020.
The presentation in Altus is one of several regional meetings across the state that will be free and open to the public. These gatherings will inform those in attendance of the eligibility requirements for organizations and projects, and describe the application, review and award process. Nicole Harvey, OHS grants administrator, will conduct these presentations and will be available to answer questions during and following the presentations.
"We hope that this new program is a game changer for local communities and their ability to collect, preserve and share Oklahoma history," said Harvey. "We want to get the word out to as many prospective applicants as possible to let them know of this new funding opportunity."
The full schedule for presentations is as follows:
- Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Woodward
- Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Enid
- Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Adjutants Building at Fort Gibson Historic Site, Fort Gibson
- Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Musser Learning Lab at the Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City
- Friday, September 13, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus
- Monday, September 23, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Idabel Public Library in Idabel
While reservations are not required, seating may be limited at some locations and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the grant program or presentations, please contact Nicole Harvey at 405-522-5202 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information on the program may also be found at www.okhistory.org/grants.
Through this program, the OHS hopes to encourage improvement in the care of collections, create a higher quality of exhibits, and expand Oklahoma history programs at the local level, where a sense of community and the spirit of volunteerism are assets that can be tapped for historical purposes. The program will also foster a learning process that brings together trained, experienced museum and archival professionals with avocational volunteers and part-time employees who want to improve care of collections, learn techniques of preservation, and expand educational programs. Lastly, the program will allow for a statewide, online database that identifies collections, programs and exhibits that will encourage the sharing of resources between institutions.
The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.