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April 1, 2024

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

Field Historical Printing Museum, Inc. Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

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

“The grant for the Field Historical Printing Museum is fantastic news, ensuring that our history is not only preserved but also shared with the public in a meaningful way,” said Rep. Ty Burns, Pawnee. “This support will enhance the museum’s ability to protect and display its collections, enriching our community’s understanding and appreciation of our printing heritage.”

Field Historical Printing Museum, Inc. received $4,499 for a project that will help fund the purchase of various archival materials to permit the proper storage and display of items currently displayed and those stored for future display as exhibits are rotated and refreshed.

“Opening in 2023 the museum demonstrates the letterpress printing process of a typical Oklahoma weekly newspaper,” said Bill Starks, president and director. “The museum also highlights the Field Family’s contribution to the community as newspaper owners, Shorin Ryu martial arts trainers, and other community services. The third focus of the museum is on local history using Dynamic Floating Islands of History created with an Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant last year. This year’s grant will be used to protect documents for future display with archival preservation materials.”

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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