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April 1, 2024

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

Claremore Museum of History Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

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

“The grant for the Claremore Museum of History to create an exhibit commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Indian Woman’s Pocahontas Club is a wonderful opportunity to honor a significant part of our history,” said Rep. Mark Lepak, Claremore. “This exhibit will not only celebrate the remarkable journey of these women but also serve as an inspiration for strength and resilience across all generations.”

Claremore Museum of History received $20,000 for a project that will commemorate the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club’s 125th anniversary with a new exhibit at the Claremore Museum of History. This grant will fund the creation of an exhibit showcasing the remarkable story of these women through artifacts, history, photographs, and audio/visual files, inspiring women everywhere with their strength and resilience.

“The Claremore Museum of History is so excited to have been awarded an Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant for the creation of the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club exhibit, said Steve Robinson, chairman of the board. “Without the support from the Oklahoma Historical Society, the museum would not have the funding required to create this new exhibit. Our museum relies on state grants such as the Heritage Grant to continue our mission to preserve our local history that is so important to our community.”

The OHS will distribute over $520,000 in grant funds, with projects ranging from collections care and strategic planning to 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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