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April 1, 2024

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

Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame, Inc. Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame, Inc. has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

“I am thrilled to see the Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame in our district receive this important grant from the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program,” said Rep. Gerrid Kendrix, Altus. “This funding will not only preserve a significant piece of our local history through the digitization of the Fike Studio collection but also enhance public access to our shared heritage, ensuring it remains a vibrant part of our community for generations to come.”

Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame, Inc. received $17,757 for a project that will support the digitization and rehousing of 3,900 negatives from the Fike Studio collection. Additionally, it will facilitate the upload of 600 images from the collection to The Gateway to Oklahoma History archival website.

“Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame is excited to take the next step in preserving and providing access to our photographic collection,” said Stephen Dock, the museum's executive director.

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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