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April 1, 2024

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

Tulsa Foundation for Architecture Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

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

Tulsa Foundation for Architecture received $20,000 for a project that will be used to provide greater public access to collections via digitized scans of the originals and provide a revenue stream for sustainability. This project aims to digitize at least 10,000 additional works from collections, beginning with those most frequently requested.

“Tulsa Foundation for Architecture is incredibly grateful to receive support through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program,” said Amber Litwack, executive director. “Our collection of nearly 60,000 architectural drawings, renderings, specifications, tracings, photographs/slides, periodicals, and books documents the history of architecture (art deco and other styles)/ urban development in the city of Tulsa, the state of Oklahoma (primarily eastern and central), and represents the collected works of significant Oklahoma architects who worked throughout the United States. The merit of this collection is beyond compare, and this grant will allow us to continue to digitize our collection as a historical resource for generations to come.”

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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