March 28, 2023
Contact: Nicole Harvey
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Oklahoma Historical Society
Lawton Public Library Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Lawton Public Library has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.
“I’m excited to see this opportunity for the Lawton Public Library and thankful to the Oklahoma Historical Society for making this grant possible,” said Sen. John Michael Montgomery, Lawton. “This will allow for historical preservation and education throughout the Lawton community.”
The Lawton Public Library received $20,000 for a project titled “Interactive Historical Signs,” which will help develop markers that allow visitors to listen to a narrated story about that location’s historical significance. The markers will be located in various community areas and accessible by QR code and dial-in phone number.
“We are so excited to tell our history with narrated history around our community,” said Kristin Herr, library director of the Lawton Public Library. “It is only possible because of this funding. We appreciate the Oklahoma Historical Society’s help in preserving history!”
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.