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March 12, 2024

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

Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program Funds 37 Projects Across the State

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) proudly announces that 37 organizations have been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program. Applications were submitted in November 2023, and following a review by both an OHS staff committee and a subcommittee of the OHS Board of Directors, the following organizations were approved for funding by the OHS Board of Directors at the January quarterly board meeting:

Black Liberated Arts Center (BLAC), Inc.; Bristow Historical Society, Inc.; Chelsea Area Historical Society; Claremore Museum of History; Delaware Nation; Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma; Edmond History Museum; El Reno Carnegie Library; Elk City Carnegie Library; Field Historical Printing Museum, Inc.; Freedom Center of Oklahoma City; Friends of Fort Gibson Foundation; Friends of the Pawnee Bill Ranch Association;

Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma; Jim Thorpe Memorial Foundation; Keystone Crossroads Historical Society; Lawton Public Library; M.W. Grand Lodge AF&AM of the State of Oklahoma (Museum and Library), Inc.; McLoud Historical Society; Midwest City High School Museum, Inc.; Oklahoma Black Living Legacy; Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society; Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation; Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame, Inc; Plains Indians & Pioneers Historical Foundation; Prairie House Preservation Society (PHPS); Rogers County Historical Society, Inc.; Seminole Nation Museum; The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; Southern Nazarene University; Southwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation, Inc.; Stillwater History Museum at the Sheerar; The City of Vernon Chamber of Commerce; The Edwards Store, Inc.; The Friends of the Coleman; Tulsa Foundation for Architecture; Waynoka Historical Society

This year, the total amount awarded surpasses $520,000, funding various projects encompassing collections care, strategic planning, exhibit development, and educational programming.

“Through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program, we’re not just funding projects; we’re investing in the preservation of Oklahoma’s rich and dynamic history,” said Nicole Harvey, director of strategic initiatives for the Oklahoma Historical Society. “These grants empower communities across the state to uphold their heritage for future generations, ensuring that the stories of Oklahoma continue to inspire and educate for years to come.”

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 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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