NEWS RELEASE - 2022
Contact: Nicole Harvey
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Oklahoma Historical Society
Rogers County Historical Society Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that the Rogers County Historical Society has been awarded a grant though the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.
“I am thrilled that this important cultural organization in our community is receiving funds from the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program,” said Sen. Marty Quinn, Claremore. “Our local and shared history is so important to preserve and this organization is providing an amazing service to the community through their work.”
“The Rogers County Historical Society plays a vital role in preserving the rich history that our region has to offer,” said Rep. Mark Lepak, Claremore. “Congratulations to the Historical Society on receiving funding that allows them to continue this important work of collecting, preserving and sharing our local history.”
The Rogers County Historical Society has been awarded $9,237 for a project titled “Preserving RCHS Documents and Photos,” which will fund the scanning of items from the organization’s collection including newspaper articles, photographs, pamphlets, videos (on VHS tapes) and other pieces of historical information that have been saved in folders, files, boxes and cabinets. In addition to scanning items, the historical society will also purchase supplies such as acid-free paper, sheet protectors, file folders, file tabs, labels and storage boxes.
“Rogers County Historical Society recently celebrated our 50th anniversary,” said Bobbie Cary, treasurer. “During these 50 years, many documents, photos and videos have been saved and stored in various boxes and file cabinets. Because of this grant from the Oklahoma Historical Society, we will be able to scan and digitize documents we've acquired and make them available on our website. Then our photos and documents can be accessed by researchers or anyone who is curious about people and events in Rogers County, and our history will join the amazing amount of information currently available on the internet.”
The total amount of funds that will be distributed this year is just over $558,000, with projects ranging from collections care and strategic planning to exhibit development and educational programming. “Entering our third year of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program, the OHS is thrilled with the program’s success,” said Nicole Harvey, director of strategic initiatives and grants administrator for the OHS. “To date, the program has funded over 120 projects that are aiding with collecting, preserving and sharing Oklahoma history for local communities across the state.”
The Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program is a grants-in-aid program offered by the Oklahoma Historical Society with a goal of encouraging the collection, preservation and sharing of Oklahoma history at the grassroots level in all parts of the state.
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. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.