March 17, 2022
Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame Inc. Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame Inc. has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.
The Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame Inc. has been awarded $20,000 for a project titled “Photographic Materials Digitization and Preservation,” which will digitize and preserve photographic materials such as negatives and prints. This would include the purchase of a professional quality scanner, archival storage sleeves and boxes for the negatives and prints. There are a vast number of negatives and prints in the museum's collection. Of these, over 1,000 are acetate or nitrate negatives that are separating and bubbling. The project will allow for the organization to scan the (flammable) acetate and nitrate negatives that are damaged and deteriorated and dispose of the damaged negatives. The next stage is to scan negatives and photos that can be kept and place them in proper storage materials.
“Congratulations to the Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame on receiving an Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant,” said Sen. Brent Howard, Altus. “I’m happy to see that these funds will allow this organization to properly preserve their photographic materials, allowing them to be stored and tell the story of Greer County for generations to come.”
“Congratulations to Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame for receiving this grant funding,” said Rep. Gerrid Kendrix, Altus. “This is a wonderful example of a public-private partnership that will allow a local organization to preserve a significant number of important images that tell the story of Greer County.”
“The Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame would like to say a great big ‘Thank You’ for helping us preserve our historic photographic material for future generations,” said Stephen Dock, museum director.
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.