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March 17, 2022

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

Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

The Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum has been awarded $16,315 for a project titled “Preservation of Artifacts: Photographic and Oral,” which will enable the museum to purchase cabinets for archival storage, and ultimately to display large photographs for historical research and to better tell the story of Sand Springs. The grant will also be used to have panoramic photographs unrolled to lie flat. Lastly, as part of the project, audio cassette tapes and video files will be transferred to more modern media.

“I am thrilled the Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum has received an Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant,” said Sen. Cody Rogers, Tulsa. “It's wonderful that these funds will allow the museum to better preserve and share these artifacts to continue to tell the history of Sand Springs.”

“Congratulations to the Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum on receiving this grant,” said Rep. Jadine Nollan, Sand Springs. “I am happy to see these funds will allow the museum to purchase cabinets for storage and display of historical artifacts and transfer audio and video files to more modern media, greatly assisting their efforts to preserve the rich history of Sand Springs and make their photographic and oral artifacts more accessible to the public.”

“The Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant provides the means to accomplish needed projects,” said Ginger Murphy, director of the Sand Spring Cultural and Historical Museum. “Thank you to the Oklahoma Historical Society for its ongoing support of small museums.”

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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