March 17, 2022
Keystone Crossroads Historical Society Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Keystone Crossroads Historical Society has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.
“I am pleased to see these grant funds go to the Keystone Crossroads Historical Society,” said Sen. James Leewright, Bristow. “This project will ensure the organization is able to digitize and further preserve their collections, and make them more widely accessible to the general public.”
“Congratulations to the Keystone Crossroads Historical Society on receiving this grant award,” said Rep. Kyle Hilbert, Bristow. “Digitizing and placing online these important records that chronicle local history is a vital step in making history accessible to the general public.”
The Keystone Crossroads Historical Society has been awarded $4,040 for a project titled “Collection Digitization,” which will fund a project to digitize its collection of photographs, maps, yearbooks and historically important documents along with VHS video and audio cassette tape interviews. Additionally, the Keystone Crossroads Historical Society will partner with the Oklahoma Historical Society to create a partner page online on The Gateway to Oklahoma History to house the information and distribute it to the general public.
“The Keystone Crossroads Historical Society is delighted to receive the support of this Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant, which will enable the society to further expand its outreach to those researching and studying the region’s local history,” said Dan Branson, president of the Keystone Crossroads Historical Society. “Working with the Oklahoma Historical Society, we aim to deliver online access to our collection of photos, videos, maps and other historic documents and make them available to the widest audience possible. As a small regional organization, we would not be able to fulfill our vision without this support.”
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.