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June 9, 2023

Contact: Jessica Brogdon
Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-0780

Volunteers Needed to Help With Restoration Efforts at Threatt Filling Station

OKLAHOMA CITY — The public is invited to visit and volunteer at the historic Threatt Filling Station in Luther on Sunday, June 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It became a well-known safe haven for African American travelers on Route 66 during the Jim Crow era.

The HOPE Crew at the National Trust for Historic Preservation will let volunteers try their hand at several preservation trade methods used during rehabilitation efforts. Attendees will also meet the Threatt family, learn about the property’s history and discover what goes into preserving sites. Refreshments will be provided, but participants need to bring their lunch. Interested volunteers need to register online before the event.

The Threatt Filling Station closed in the 1970s. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named it one of its most endangered places for 2021. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rehabilitation support at the Threatt Filling Station is provided by Oklahoma Route 66 Association; Preservation Okahoma, Inc.; Old Home Rescue; Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office; and the Threatt family.

The State Historic Preservation Office is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. 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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