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March 17, 2022

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

Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

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

The Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center has been awarded $6,779 for a project titled “Museum Assessment,” which will fund a museum assessment that will address the following: building condition; analysis of climate and light levels; inspection for pests and mold; condition and types of boxes, folders and other housing materials; condition of each type of material in the collections; security and emergency preparedness plans; space efficiency; policies; and staffing and budget for collections care.

“With the help of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant, the Forest Heritage Center can take real steps toward being better stewards of our collections,” said Calista Stephens, museum director. “These collections provide a physical link to the past and play a vital role in telling our story. We appreciate the support that this grant has provided for our museum to preserve and share Oklahoma's rich history.”

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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