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April 1, 2024

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

McLoud Historical Society Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

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

“I am thrilled that the McLoud Historical Society is a recipient of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant,” said Rep. Danny Williams, Seminole. “This project is a testament to our district’s commitment to preserving our rich history and cultural heritage for future generations to learn from and enjoy.”

McLoud Historical Society received $10,000 for a project that will support the conservation and restoration of a historic soda fountain wall unit originally belonging to Lisle Drug Store in McLoud. Once restored, the wall unit will serve as the centerpiece of a tribute to McLoud’s vital business district, reflecting its growth and significance over the years.

“Having the Lisle Drug soda fountain conserved in its original state will add a historical backdrop to feature the growth of the McLoud Business District, said Glenda Kuhn, past president and historian of McLoud Historical Society. “This project to showcase McLoud businesses would not be possible without this OHS grant.”

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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