March 28, 2023
Contact: Nicole Harvey
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Oklahoma Historical Society
Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.
“I am thrilled to learn that the Sheerar has received the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant,” said Sen. Tom Dugger, Stillwater. “The Sheerar does a wonderful job of sharing our community’s history. Thanks to these funds, they can continue and expand on their mission.”
“The Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar has been a vital resource for collecting and cataloging our town’s history for the past 50 years,” said Rep. Trish Ranson, Stillwater. “I congratulate them on being awarded this grant to continue the work of digitizing and modernizing their collection. Happy 50th anniversary!”
Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar received $19,989 for a project titled “Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar 50th Anniversary, Part 1,” which will help fund the organization, rehousing and select digitization of the institutional records of the Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar. The collection contains newsletters, brochures, meeting minutes and files from past exhibits and programs. The project will coincide with the organization’s 50th anniversary and will aid in long-range planning and commemorative programming, as well as preserve the institutional records and history of the organization.
“The Stillwater History Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024,” said Candace Robinson, Stillwater Museum Association Board President. “We are grateful for the funding of this grant, which will help us to organize and research organizational files, photographs and documents as we prepare to produce an anniversary book and create an interactive display for visitors featuring the museum’s many Stillwater history resources.”
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.