March 28, 2023
Contact: Nicole Harvey
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Oklahoma Historical Society
Guthrie Tomorrow Coalition, Inc. Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Guthrie Tomorrow Coalition, Inc. has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.
Guthrie Tomorrow Coalition, Inc., on behalf of the State Capital Publishing Museum, received $8,000 for a project titled “Collection Digitization,” which will fund the inventory and rehousing of around 600 unique pre-printed forms from state offices, county clerks, court clerks and attorneys all over Oklahoma. The project will also inventory and rehouse over 200 “banker” style boxes. Those boxes are full of shipping reports, orders for printing supplies and possibly even payroll records, mostly from the days of the Cooperative Publishing Company, which operated in the building from 1911 until the late 1960s.
“This grant will help take our museum to the next level by being able to invest in sophisticated programming so the youth today can see first-hand how mass communication began,” said Kord Stockwell, board chairman. “Governor Stitt said during his visit that every school-aged child in Oklahoma should tour The State Capital Publishing Museum at least once in their lifetime, and this grant gets us one step closer to making that a reality.”
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.