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Oklahoma's Statewide Preservation Plan

2020 Preservation Plan Update

Sooner Rather Than Later: Let's Preserve Oklahoma's Past, Oklahoma’s Statewide Historic Preservation Plan (January 1, 2020- December 31, 2024), is in the process of being updated. The new plan will be available on January 1, 2020.

About the 2015 Preservation Plan

The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is pleased to announce the availability of Tomorrow’s Legacy: Oklahoma’s Statewide Preservation Plan (January 2015–December 2019). It is the result of an eighteen-month-long collaboration with preservation professionals; federal, tribal, state, and local governments; nonprofit organizations; and the business and development community from across the state. The State Plan sets forth the Oklahoma preservation community’s goals and objectives for the next five years. Additionally, it includes a discussion of the state’s significant archeological and historic properties, identifies threats to them, and includes examples of projects and activities that foster their preservation. The US Department of the Interior, National Park Service approved the updated State Plan in September.

The nation’s preservation partners will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) in 2016. It created the framework for preservation of our heritage, including the National Register of Historic Places and the requirement for federal agencies to consider the effects of their undertakings on historic properties. The State Plan highlights the importance of the NHPA in Oklahoma’s preservation program and encourages broad participation in the national observance.

If you wish to receive a hard copy, provide your name and complete mailing address to the SHPO at 405-521-6249 or jmatthews@okhistory.org. They will be mailed to you as soon as they are available.

The SHPO greatly appreciates the time and efforts of those who participated in the development of the new State Plan, and we look forward to working with our many partners to meet the goals we established together for protecting Oklahoma’s significant archeological and historic resources. For further information, contact Lynda Ozan at lozan@okhistory.org.

2015 State Plan

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What are Historic Contexts?

Tomorrow’s Legacy: Oklahoma’s Statewide Preservation Plan sets forth the vision for preservation efforts in Oklahoma, identifies categories of resources (archeological and historic), discusses threats to significant resources, outlines goals and objectives for preservation efforts, and provides other helpful information. The State Plan is based in part on historic contexts.

A historic context is a unit created for planning purposes that groups information about historic properties based on a theme, specific time period, and geographical area. Historic context material is found in National Register of Historic Places nominations, survey reports, and other sources. The State Historic Preservation Office produces detailed historic contexts as products of the comprehensive statewide planning program, and the historic contexts available in this format are found in this section of the SHPO’s website.

The State Plan divides Oklahoma’s resources into two categories, prehistoric and historic. By clicking on the following links, you will find maps that illustrate how Oklahoma is divided into management regions (the geographic element for the historic contexts). Oklahoma’s unique settlement history determined the management region boundaries. Historic context development is an ongoing process, and formal historic context documents for each theme are not available for all management regions under the historic component of the State Plan. Researchers should also consult Historical Archaeology in Oklahoma (see "Historic Contexts" below).

Prehistoric Contexts

Historic Contexts