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October 7, 2016

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

SHPO Accepting Awards Nominations

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), is now accepting nominations for its 2017 awards program. Individuals, businesses, government agencies and other 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 www.okhistory.org/shpo/shpoawards.htm. Submit a nomination and help the SHPO celebrate accomplishments like these and the many ways the National Historic Preservation Act impacts communities of all sizes.

The SHPO’s awards program includes the Shirk Memorial Award for Historic Preservation and the SHPO’s Citation of Merit. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 2, 2016, at 5 p.m. Nomination sponsors and award recipients will receive notice of the selection process results in February 2017. The awards will be presented at the banquet during Oklahoma’s 29th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference in Oklahoma City on June 7–9, 2017.

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. Please contact Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Melvena Heisch at 405-522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org with questions about the awards criteria.

Nominations will be accepted in either electronic or hard copy format. To request nomination forms and instructions, please contact Jesse Matthews at 405-521-6249 or jmatthews@okhistory.org. Interested parties also may obtain the information at 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 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.

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