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March 17, 2022

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

The Town of Colony Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the the Town of Colony has been awarded a grant though the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

The Town of Colony has been awarded $20,000 for a project titled “Oral Historical Narrative, Book and WIFI/Internet,” which will create a digital video narrative and written book that will enhance and advance the educational and preservation efforts achieved through the partnership of the City of Colony; Colony Community in Action, Inc.; the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes; and individual citizens who have invested in historic properties, museum and archival collections, a museum display, public art and public programming throughout the year.

“I am delighted that the Town of Colony was awarded funding through this grant program,” said Sen. Brent Howard, Altus. “It’s wonderful they are partnering with so many other groups and that the grant will allow them to advance their educational and preservation efforts.”

“With the support of many entities, the Town of Colony has saved its downtown, opened a museum, and created a public arts space,” said Lonnie Yearwood, mayor of Colony. “Without the generosity of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program, none of this would have been possible. This year, the program has allowed the Colony Museum to come into the digital age with an incredible opportunity to create, display and preserve stories of our citizens and their life in the community for generations to come.”

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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