The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is proud to announce that Landmark For All Generations, Inc. has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.
“The story of the Okmulgee Black Hospital is an important part of not only our local history but that of our nation,” Rep. Scott Fetgatter, Okmulgee, said. “This will quite literally give us a picture into our past to inform our present and future decisions. I’m grateful for this grant money from the Oklahoma Historical Society to help see this project to completion.”
Landmark For All Generations, Inc. received $20,000 for a project titled “Collections Storage, Preservation, Categorization and Digitization,” which will help fund a project to store, preserve, categorize and digitize its vast collection of photographs, articles and equipment related to the Okmulgee Black Hospital, historically known as Okmulgee Colored Hospital. The hospital operated as a segre- gated facility for the area’s Black community from 1924 until 1956 and could house up to 25 patients.
“Landmark for all Generations, Inc. is excited and honored to be a recipient of funding from the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program,” Julie Roberds, chief operating officer, said. “This grant will provide us with the resources needed to move forward with the inventory and documentation of our growing museum collection. We look forward to the day we can open our doors to the public!”
The OHS will distribute over $575,000 in grant funds, with projects ranging from collections care and strategic planning to exhibit development and educational programming.
“These grant funds continue to empower local communities to collect, preserve and share their history for future generations of Oklahomans with over 150 projects funded to date,” Nicole Harvey, director of strategic initiatives and grants administrator for the OH, said.
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 www.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.