Oklahoma Historical Society to Host Regional Presentations on New Grant Program


Posted by OMA on 08/27/2019

Oklahoma Historical Society to Host Regional Presentations on New Grant Program

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) will host regional presentations to share information with the public about the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program during the month of September. This new grants-in-aid program will set aside $500,000 to award grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to municipal, county or tribal governments or nonprofit historical organizations registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. The grants will be specific to three categories: collections, exhibits and programs. The online application will open on Monday, September 9, 2019, and close on Friday, November 8, 2019, at 5 p.m., with award announcements being made in late January 2020.

These presentations will be free and open to the public. They will inform those in attendance of the eligibility requirements for organizations and projects, and describe the application, review and award process. Nicole Harvey, OHS grants administrator, will conduct these presentations and will be available to answer questions during and following the presentations. 

"We hope that this new program is a game changer for local communities and their ability to collect, preserve and share Oklahoma history," said Harvey. "We want to get the word out to as many prospective applicants as possible to let them know of this new funding opportunity." 

The schedule for presentations is as follows:

  • Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Woodward
  • Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Enid
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Adjutants Building at Fort Gibson Historic Site, Fort Gibson
  • Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 1 p.m. in the Musser Learning Lab at the Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City
  • Friday, September 13, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus
  • Monday, September 23, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Idabel Public Library in Idabel

While reservations are not required, seating may be limited at some locations and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the grant program or presentations, please contact Nicole Harvey at 405-522-5202 or [email protected] Additional information on the program may also be found at www.okhistory.org/grants.

Through this program, the OHS hopes to encourage improvement in the care of collections, create a higher quality of exhibits, and expand Oklahoma history programs at the local level, where a sense of community and the spirit of volunteerism are assets that can be tapped for historical purposes. The program will also foster a learning process that brings together trained, experienced museum and archival professionals with avocational volunteers and part-time employees who want to improve care of collections, learn techniques of preservation, and expand educational programs. Lastly, the program will allow for a statewide, online database that identifies collections, programs and exhibits that will encourage the sharing of resources between institutions.

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 www.okhistory.org.  

 

Oklahoma Historical Society Unveils New Grant Program

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce the creation of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program. This new grants-in-aid program will set aside $500,000 to award grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to municipal, county or tribal governments or nonprofit historical organizations registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. The grants will be specific to three categories: collections, exhibits and programs. The online applications will open on Monday, September 9, 2019, and close on Friday, November 8, 2019, at 5 p.m., with award announcements being made in late January 2020.

"After 40 years working with community leaders in towns from Atoka to Woodward and Frederick to Wagoner, I know the collections are there that can help preserve the history of families, farms, businesses, schools, tribes and the events that have shaped our state," said Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the OHS. "I am well aware of the passion for community history that can be tapped to leverage and add to the impact of small grants."

Administering the new grants program will be Nicole Harvey, a historian who has worked in the OHS administrative offices for seven years.

Through this program, the OHS hopes to encourage improvement in the care of collections, create a higher quality of exhibits, and expand Oklahoma history programs at the local level, where a sense of community and the spirit of volunteerism are assets that can be tapped for historical purposes. The program will also foster a learning process that brings together trained, experienced museum and archival professionals with avocational volunteers and part-time employees who want to improve care of collections, learn techniques of preservation, and expand educational programs. Lastly, the program will allow for a statewide, online database that identifies collections, programs and exhibits that will encourage the sharing of resources between institutions.

Projects that will be eligible for funding include storage, management and/or care of collections; conducting, transcribing or cataloging oral histories; digital conversion of historical collections; preservation assessments; emergency preparedness efforts; environmental assessments and monitoring systems; exhibit research, writing, graphic design, fabrication, mounting and installation; production or installation of audio/visual components of exhibits; governance capacity building, including board development, constitution and bylaws, or policies and procedures; strategic plan/succession planning; board, staff and volunteer training; public programs, such as guided tours, classes or lectures; publications; historical markers; website development; regional workshops; and acquisition of collections.

"I anticipate that many grants will be used to properly store and catalog artifacts, which will encourage people and organizations to donate prized heirlooms," said Blackburn. "Other grants will fund the digitization of photographs, documents and diaries, which in turn will encourage scholars to dig deeper into local history to find the larger trends and patterns of history."

Regional workshops are being planned in various locations throughout the state to inform the public about this program. The official rules for the program, as well as further information, may be found at www.okhistory.org/grants or by contacting Nicole Harvey, grants administrator, at 405-522-5202 or [email protected].

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 www.okhistory.org.