March 23, 2023
Contact: Nicole Harvey
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Oklahoma Historical Society
Edmond Historical Society and Museum Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Edmond Historical Society and Museum has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.
“Congratulations to the Edmond Historical Society and Museum on receiving this grant,” said Rep. Mike Osburn, Edmond. “It is wonderful to see the organization and their work being recognized as they work to tell the history of Edmond.”
Edmond Historical Society and Museum received $13,500 for a project titled “Edmond Through the Decades: Interactive Touchscreen,” which will help fund an exhibit to provide a compact way to tell Edmond’s history over time. Funds will aid in purchasing an interactive touch screen where guests can pick a decade that interests them, get a summary of the era and view photos and artifacts.
“Museums aspire to reach audiences in creative new ways, but incorporating new technologies is expensive for frugal nonprofit organizations,” said Amy Stephens, executive director of The Edmond Historical Society and Museum. “We are grateful for assistance from the OHS to jumpstart our foray into modern interactive education. This grant enables us to share 130 years of history on a touchscreen instead of taking up 75 feet of wall space.”
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.