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March 28, 2023

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

Tulsa Foundation for Architecture Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

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

“Congratulations to the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture on receiving the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant,” said Rep. Monroe Nichols, Tulsa. “Digitization of historic records allows for greater public access, which leads to a better understanding of our shared and unique history.”

The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture received $20,000 for a project titled “Digitization of TFA Collections: Phase 2,” which will provide greater public access to its collections by digitizing around 10,000 original archival materials. The items will be available and searchable in an online database accessed through a link on its website.

“Tulsa Foundation for Architecture is so incredibly grateful to be a second-year recipient of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant,” said Amber Litwack, executive director. “In our first year, this grant allowed us to upgrade our software and equipment and hire a contract archivist to oversee our digitization efforts. As a result of receiving this grant, we were able to digitize 5,000 items in our collection in our first year, and in the second year, we’ve doubled our goal to digitize an additional 10,000 items! We couldn’t have done this important work without the support of the Oklahoma Historical Society.”

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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