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March 17, 2022

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

Chisholm Trail Museum, Inc. Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

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

“The Chisholm Trail Museum plays an important role in our community and for the preservation of history in our region,” said Sen. Darcy Jech, Kingfisher. “This grant-funded project will allow this organization to continue to preserve the priceless artifacts held in its care for future generations.”

“The Chisholm Trail Museum has been a valuable historical resource in northwest Oklahoma for generations,” said Rep. Mike Dobrinski. “Their work and exhibits have provided hands-on educational opportunities for thousands of students, residents and travelers in the area. I am glad to see them receive this additional support and will continue to work for more resources for them to maintain and expand their facilities, displays and artifacts.”

The Chisholm Trail Museum, Inc. has been awarded $12,787.88 for a project titled “The Chisholm Collections Care Expansion,” which will allow staff to inventory, box and prepare a significant number of artifacts located in the east wing of the museum to ensure items are cataloged utilizing collection management software. The wing contains specific items that are currently exposed to possible handling by visitors and have not been inventoried in decades. Through the process, the museum staff and interns will identify and label objects for use following an anticipated renovation.

“We are thrilled to continue improving our collection storage and organization through this grant,” said Jason Harris, executive director of the Chisholm Trail Museum. “It will allow us to improve access to museum visitors and ensure these treasures are available for decades to come.”

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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