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August 26, 2020

Contact: Steve Hawkins
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-0754

Oklahoma History Center Receives PPE Grant from Oklahoma Department of Libraries

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma History Center (OHC) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) for personal protective equipment (PPE) to be utilized by the OHC Education Department.

“It is our mission to collect, preserve and share Oklahoma history,” said Sarah Dumas, director of education for the OHC. “In light of the restrictions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are attempting to share in the safest way we can. The funding has been used to purchase sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer and disinfectant for use by museum visitors and staff, as well as to be included in the trunks for our award-winning Traveling Trunk program. The Traveling Trunk program, generously sponsored by BancFirst, is offered as a way for students who are unable to visit the OHC to have a hands-on museum experience.”

The OHC is one of 64 institutions to receive a grant from ODL. A total of $60,000 has been distributed to address the coronavirus concerns of public libraries, tribal libraries, tribal cultural centers, museums and historic sites in the state. A complete list of Oklahoma’s 64 PPE grant recipients may be obtained at news.oklibshare.org/federal-funding/odl-awards-cares-act-ppe-grants-to-64-institutions.

The Oklahoma History Center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit www.okhistory.org/historycenter.

This project is funded in whole or in part through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act. Opinions expressed in this release do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries or the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and no official endorsement by those entities should be inferred. The federal awarding agency reserves a royalty-free, nonexclusive and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish or otherwise use and to authorize others to use for federal government purposes, the copyright of any work developed as a part of this grant.

The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. 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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