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March 23, 2023

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

Friends of Cobb School, Inc. Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

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

“It says something important about the quality of the organizations in Senate District 1 that three received grants,” said Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, Adair. “History preservation is important, so we do not lose the true story that we need to pass on to future generations.”

Friends of Cobb School, Inc. received $5,000 for a project titled “Development of a Strategic Plan,” which will help with the creation of a strategic plan utilizing a facilitator. This long-range planning will help to facilitate the organization’s goal of properly relocating the Cobb School schoolhouse and to open an interactive, educational museum at Cobb School.

“We appreciate the continued funding support of the Oklahoma Historical Society by State Sen. Michael Bergstrom and Rep. Rusty Cornwell,” said Chuck Hoskin, president of the Friends of Cobb School, Inc. “This grant will enable the Friends of Cobb School to develop a comprehensive strategic plan that will ultimately facilitate our organization’s goal of preserving Cobb School and opening an interactive, educational museum. Preserving one of the unique facets of rural life in Craig County, a one-room schoolhouse, creates an opportunity for our community to provide for the cultural and educational enrichment of our community and the many tourists who visit Vinita along their travels of Route 66.”

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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