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September 15, 2021

Contact: Lynda Ozan
State Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-4484

Oklahoma SHPO Receives Underrepresented Community Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY — Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Lynda Ozan announced that on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) was one of 14 recipients of a grant funded by the Underrepresented Community Grant program, a program of the Historic Preservation Fund and administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

The SHPO received $50,000 for the completion of an architectural survey of Oklahoma’s All-Black towns. Oklahoma’s All-Black towns represent a unique chapter in American history, and the SHPO, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Historical Society Research Center, want to help the remaining All-Black town residents share their histories and document their past.

A kick-off meeting will be held for all interested parties in November. More details will be shared at www.okhistory.org/shpo as they become available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lynda Ozan at 405-522-4484 or lozan@okhistory.org.

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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