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March 4, 2021

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

Chisholm Trail Museum Inc. Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society is proud to announce that the Chisholm Trail Museum Inc. has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

The Chisholm Trail Museum Inc. has been awarded $16,686 that will fund the development of two traveling trucks and multiple living history programs. These trunks will be themed "Trappers, Traders and Hunters of the Plains" and "The Cattle Trails." Both trunks will be available for check-out and used with student groups and the general public on-site. In addition, the museum will develop a line of both first- and third-person living history programs to engage audiences through active participation and storytelling. Topics will include cattle trails, early trade, surveying, domestic life, agriculture and more, and will expand public accessibility to programs and services.

"With the support of the Oklahoma Historical Society's Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant, the Chisholm Trail Museum will develop and implement a slate of new educational programs for students and the public, allowing us to build capacity and better serve the public," said Jason Harris, executive director of the Chisholm Trail Museum.

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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