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March 17, 2022

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

Oklahoma Sports Museum Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

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

“I am thrilled the Oklahoma Sports Museum has received an Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant,” said Sen. Chuck Hall, Perry. “It's wonderful these funds will help them provide more information about Oklahoma's sports history to the public.”

“Congratulations to the Oklahoma Sports Museum on receiving an Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant,” said Rep. Garry Mize, Guthrie. “As someone who participated in both high school and university athletics, I appreciate the importance of Oklahoma’s rich sports history. These funds will go a long way in helping the museum to preserve and tell the story of Oklahoma’s athletes and the impact they have had on Oklahomans and the world.”

The Oklahoma Sports Museum has been awarded $17,943 for a project titled “Digital Audio and Visual Display Kiosks,” which will fund four 22-inch touchscreens as well as computer kiosk hardware and software in four of the museum’s galleries. These educational kiosk units will provide visitors with a complete understanding of each gallery and the athletes honored. The programs will tell of the Oklahoma history around that particular sport and the many accomplishments of the Oklahoma athletes and teams.

“The Oklahoma Sports Museum is very excited on receiving the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant that will allow us to install several digital audio and visual display kiosks,” said Richard Hendricks, museum director. “These units will help our visitors to better understand the background and history of the displays and artifacts that they are observing. This will truly be an important upgrade to our historical displays. We want to say ‘Thank You’ to the Oklahoma Historical Society for providing us this opportunity.”

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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