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March 17, 2022

Contact: Nicole Harvey
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-5202

Tulsa Foundation for Architecture Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture (TFA) has been awarded $20,000 for a project titled “Collections Digitization,” which will provide greater public access to its collections, consisting of more than 35,000 architectural drawings, renderings, tracings, photographs/slides, bound periodicals, sets of specifications and books that document the history of Art Deco and other styles of architecture in the city of Tulsa and in the state of Oklahoma. These will be shared with the public via digitized scans of the originals not only to furnish global online access but also provide a revenue stream for sustainability of the collections entrusted to the organization’s care. The goal of this project is to digitize a minimum of 5,000 works from the collection, beginning with those most frequently requested.

“Tulsa Foundation for Architecture is so incredibly grateful to receive funding through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program to support our work in the George R. Kravis II Architectural Archives at TFA's Center for Architecture and Design,” said Amber Litwack, executive director. “These funds will allow us to begin to digitize our collection so that our wide range of architectural drawings and artifacts will be accessible online to a much broader audience. We truly could not embark on this project without the financial support that this grant provides.”

The total amount of funds that will be distributed this year is just over $558,000, with projects ranging from collections care and strategic planning to exhibit development and educational programming. “Entering our third year of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program, the OHS is thrilled with the program’s success,” said Nicole Harvey, director of strategic initiatives and grants administrator for the OHS. “To date, the program has funded over 120 projects that are aiding with collecting, preserving and sharing Oklahoma history for local communities across the state.”

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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