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April 1, 2024

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

Prairie House Preservation Society Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

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

The Prairie House Preservation Society received $20,000 for a project that will support them in surveying the Prairie House exterior cladding using Building Information Modeling 3D software. This project aims to document the original form and character of Herb Greene’s design.

“The Prairie House Preservation Society is excited to be working with the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program to take an additional step forward with the restoration and preservation of the Prairie House based in Norman, Oklahoma,” said JD Merryweather, executive director. “Our unique project has many facets, and this grant will aid in the mapping of the exterior woodwork so it can be replicated to the original design. As the architect, designer, and builder of the Prairie House, Herb Greene’s one-of-a-kind dwelling is both a home and a sculpture. This house needs to be saved, and we are grateful for the support.”

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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