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May 12, 2022

Contact: Delaney Asbridge
Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-0789

Oklahoma Historical Society Awards Inaugural Field Trip Grant to the Oklahoma School for the Deaf

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur has been named as the first recipient of a grant through the Oklahoma Transportation Grant program. The grant will provide transportation reimbursement for 40 9th through 12th grade students to visit the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.

“I’m very excited that the first grant beneficiaries were a group of high school students from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur. I have no doubt they had a memorable experience at the Oklahoma History Center,” said Trait Thompson, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

The Oklahoma Historical Society’s transportation grant is a new program designed to defray the cost of bringing schoolchildren from across the state to Oklahoma City and Tulsa to experience history up close. This appropriation was designated to provide K–12 schools in Oklahoma with transportation grants that facilitate access to Black history and civil rights education outside of the classroom. The grant provides reimbursement for field trips to the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Greenwood Rising in Tulsa, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum in Oklahoma City, the Freedom Center & Clara Luper Civil Rights Center (upon completion of renovations and construction) in Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.

All K-12 school groups are encouraged to apply for this grant program. For more information visit www.okhistory.org/historycenter/transportation-grant. The Oklahoma History Center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma History Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. 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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