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May 20, 2015

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

Norman Groups to Receive SHPO 2015 Citation of Merit

Oklahoma City, Okla.—The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office will present its 2015 Citations of Merit during a banquet on Thursday, June 4, in Bartlesville. The banquet is a highlight of "Tradition and Transition: Oklahoma's 27th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference," scheduled for June 3–5. Details about the conference can be found at http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/conference.htm.

Twenty-two citations will be presented for accomplishments in seven Oklahoma communities. The award recognizes positive impacts on the preservation of Oklahoma's historic properties through restoration, rehabilitation, research, planning, public programming and other activities. Eight Norman agencies and organizations will receive the Citation of Merit for their cosponsorship of "Historic Preservation ABCs: Oklahoma's 26th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference,"held in June 2014.

Those to be recognized include the University of Oklahoma, College of Architecture and Institute for Quality Communities; City of Norman; Cleveland County Historical Society;
Norman Arts Council; Norman Chamber of Commerce; Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau; Norman Downtowners Association; and Oklahoma Archeological Survey.
"Historic Preservation ABCs: Oklahoma's 26th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference" was held on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman on June 4–6, 2014. As with previous conferences, the hard work and many contributions of the local cosponsors were essential to its success. More than 300 people registered for the conference, setting an event record. The local cosponsors arranged for session rooms, receptions, the SHPO's annual awards banquet and Preservation Oklahoma's luncheon; provided tours; secured hotel space for out-of-town participants; worked closely with SHPO staff to produce publicity and registration materials; and managed both online and onsite registration. Most conference sessions were held in Gould Hall, home of the OU School of Architecture, and the facilities were extraordinary. The SHPO presents the Citation of Merit to publicly thank these valued partners for supporting the statewide historic preservation program.

For more information about the SHPO's awards programs, contact Melvena Heisch at 405-522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org or visit http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/shpoawards.htm.

The State Historic Preservation Office 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 31 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.

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