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March 28, 2023

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

Pottawatomie County Historical Society Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

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

“I’m thrilled to learn that the Pottawatomie County Historical Society was awarded nearly $16,000 in support of their mission to educate citizens about the people, events and places that impacted our community and our state,” said Rep. Dell Kerbs, Shawnee. “I look forward to seeing how they use this funding in the future, and I appreciate their work and the work of the Oklahoma Historical Society to inform Oklahomans about our state history.”

Pottawatomie County Historical Society received $15,984 for a project titled “Increase exhibit capacity,” which will fund the purchase of additional display cases for artifacts currently in storage. The Pottawatomie County Historical Society and Museum recently moved into a new 12,576-square-foot facility and is in the process of building displays to house its collections.

“The Pottawatomie County Historical Society is proud to have been selected as a recipient of the 2023 Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant,” said Ken Landry, museum director. “This grant funding will allow the museum to add additional display cases, thus allowing us to add more items to our current exhibits. This year the emphasis is Native American artifacts and documents. We currently have numerous Native American artifacts in the museum, but we continue to work with our local tribes to add additional items in the future.”

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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