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March 4, 2021

Contact: Nicole Harvey
Grants Administrator, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-5202

Three Rivers Museum of Muskogee Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society is proud to announce that the Three Rivers Museum of Muskogee has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

"I am so pleased that the Three Rivers Museum of Muskogee was awarded these funds," said Sen. Dewayne Pemberton, Muskogee. "This grant from the Oklahoma Historical Society will go a long way in helping organizations in communities such as Muskogee to preserve the important collections that tell the story of Oklahoma's unique history."

The Three Rivers Museum of Muskogee has been awarded $13,014 that will fund upgrades to its collections storage with items such as document boxes, acid-free labels and file folders, and new cabinets and shelving. These upgrades will aid in protecting the organization's collections, which include photographs, books, newspapers, scrapbooks, audiovisual recordings, framed art, publications and artifacts that pertain to the development of and historical events in Muskogee, Indian Territory and eastern Oklahoma. The museum has more than 35,000 catalogued items, with many more yet to be processed.

"On behalf of the Three Rivers Museum, its Board of Directors and staff would very much like to thank the Oklahoma Historical Society Preservation Grant Committee for awarding the museum the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant for 2021," said Doug Buse, chairman of the board. "The awarding of this grant helps the museum to further preserve and maintain our artifacts while helping us adhere to our mission of preserving, collecting and sharing our rich northeastern Oklahoma history."

A total of just over $460,000 in grant funds will be distributed, with projects ranging from collections care and exhibit development to strategic planning and educational programming. "This is only the second year for this grant program. As organizations wrap up their grant projects from last year and as we see the quality of the applications that came in for this grant cycle, it is clear that there is a strong need for this type of grant program," said Nicole Harvey, OHS grants administrator.

The Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program is a grants-in-aid program offered by the Oklahoma Historical Society with a goal of encouraging the collection, preservation and sharing of Oklahoma history at the grassroots level in all parts of the state. Open to tribal and municipal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations located in Oklahoma and registered with the Oklahoma secretary of state, this grants program offers funding ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for projects focused on collections, exhibits and programming. Applications for this annual program open in the fall and award announcements are made in January. For more information visit www.okhistory.org/grants.

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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