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March 23, 2023

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

Connors State College Development Foundation Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Connors State College Development Foundation has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

“Congratulations to Connors State College Development Foundation on receiving this grant for the Ogdon Family Museum,” stated Rep. Randy Randleman, Eufaula. “This type of funding is vital for rural communities and to help educate future generations on the importance of our local history.”

Connors State College Development Foundation received $20,000 for a project titled “Building Futures: Remembering the Past,” which will address properly preserving, organizing and documenting artifacts for the Ogdon Family Connors State College Museum as well as digitally collecting, presenting and archiving the oral history of the college’s alumni, students and faculty.

“The Connors State College Development Foundation is thrilled to be included among the projects selected for funding,” said Executive Director Krystle Lane, Ph.D. “The financial support will allow us the opportunity to properly display and preserve historical material that would otherwise not be easily available to members of the community. This project will serve as a bridge between the bright futures of current students and the historical legacy of previous generations!”

The OHS will distribute over $575,000 in grant funds, with projects ranging from collections care and strategic planning to exhibit development and educational programming.

“These grant funds continue to empower local communities to collect, preserve and share their history for future generations of Oklahomans with over 150 projects funded to date,” said Nicole Harvey, director of strategic initiatives and grants administrator for the OHS.

The Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program is a grants-in-aid program offered by the Oklahoma Historical Society to encourage 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 okhistory.org.


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