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March 17, 2022

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

Southern Nazarene University Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that Southern Nazarene University has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

“I am so pleased to learn that Southern Nazarene University’s Fred Floyd Archives has been awarded an Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant,” said Sen. Julia Kirt, Oklahoma City. “Preserving and digitizing these historic records and placing them online for public access ensures that we are saving our history for future generations.”

Southern Nazarene University has been awarded $14,267.72 for a project titled “Preserving and Making Accessible Recordings at Risk,” which will add more than 450 audio recordings and videos to the collection, significantly increasing the scope of audio and video holdings. Once items targeted in this proposal are digitized, all of these recordings will be made accessible through the university’s library catalog.

“For over 113 years Southern Nazarene University has called Bethany, Oklahoma, home,” said Dr. Keith Newman, president of Southern Nazarene University. “Our history and heritage have been, and continue to be, shaped by our community and our state. We are grateful for this grant from the Oklahoma Historical Society that allows us to preserve vital and vanishing information from the past to share with future generations of visitors to the Fred Floyd Archives on our campus.”

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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