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March 28, 2023

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

Noble County Genealogy Society Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Noble County Genealogy Society has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

“I am immensely grateful to see the Noble County Genealogy Society receive this additional support,” said Rep. Ty Burns, Pawnee. “These funds will allow this organization to continue to preserve the history of the community.”

The Noble County Genealogy Society received $15,635 for a project titled “Newspaper Microfilm Digitization,” which will help fund the digitization and placement of local newspaper microfilm onto The Gateway of Oklahoma History. It includes 153 rolls from the Perry Daily Journal dated 1964 through 2011 and 19 rolls from the Garber-Billings News dated 1964 to 2022 thanks to copyright permissions from the publishers.

“We are honored to receive this grant,” said Peggy Haxon, Noble County Genealogy Society president. “It will be valuable in our research of Noble County newspapers and help us do more genealogical work. Learning about Noble County’s past is important to us.”

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 www.okhistory.org


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