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October 2, 2014


Contact: Melvena Heisch
State Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-4484

SHPO Accepting Award Nominations

Oklahoma City -- The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), is now accepting nominations for its 2015 awards program. Individuals, businesses, government agencies and organizations contribute to the preservation of Oklahoma's heritage through rehabilitation/restoration projects, archaeological site protection, field and archival research, publications and public programming. Previous award recipients are featured on the SHPO's website at http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/shpoawards.htm. Submit a nomination to help the SHPO focus attention on accomplishments like these in your community.

The SHPO's awards program includes the Shirk Memorial Award for Historic Preservation and the SHPO's Citation of Merit. The Shirk Memorial Award for Historic Preservation recognizes historic preservation programs or activities that have had statewide impact. The SHPO's Citation of Merit highlights noteworthy accomplishments in historic preservation at the state or local level. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, and nomination sponsors and award recipients will receive notice of the results of the selection process in February 2015. The awards will be presented at the banquet during Oklahoma's 27th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference in Bartlesville, scheduled for June 3-5, 2015.

If you have questions about the awards criteria, contact Melvena Heisch at 405-522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org. The SHPO accepts nominations in either electronic or hard copy format. To request nomination forms and instructions, contact Betty Harris at 405-521-6249 or bharris@okhistory.org. Or, obtain the information from the SHPO's website at http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/shpoawards.htm.

The SHPO is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 32 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 visit www.okhistory.org.

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