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April 1, 2024

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

Keystone Crossroads Historical Society Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

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

“It is hard to know where we are going if we do not remember where we came from,” said Sen. Kyle Hilbert, Bristow. “This grant to the Keystone Crossroads Historical Society will allow future generations to forever be able to access and know the history that shaped us into where we are today. This of course would not be possible without the incredible work of its volunteers and others around Oklahoma.”

Keystone Crossroads Historical Society received $3,000 for a project that will enable the museum to expand its online presence by digitizing and sharing an additional 330 photos, maps, interviews, and documents from its collection on The Gateway to Oklahoma History. These files will be processed and made available for broader accessibility and preservation.

“The Keystone Crossroads Historical Society is delighted to announce the receipt of an Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant that will enable us to further enhance our cooperation with the Oklahoma Historical Society to digitize our historical collection of documents and photographs and distribute these through The Gateway to Oklahoma History,” said Dan Branson, president of the Keystone Crossroads Historical Society.

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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