Preservation Oklahoma, Incorporated, is the state's only private, nonprofit membership organization that is dedicated to promoting, supporting, and coordinating historic preservation activities throughout the state. Founded in 1992, Preservation Oklahoma is a Statewide Partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and works on joint projects with the Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). 

The mission of Preservation Oklahoma is to promote historic preservation statewide and addresses this mission by:

  • Providing programs such as This Place Matters  to highlight the importance of historic structures across the state.  This Place Matters tours have taken place in Boley, Cherokee, and Sulphur.
  • Publishing Preservation Oklahoma News, our joint newsletter with the State Historic Preservation Office.  This quarterly newsletter provides information on important issues impacting the preservation community.
  • Acting as the steward to the Henry Overholser Mansion, Oklahoma City’s first mansion that was built in 1903.  Preservation Oklahoma is currently overseeing an extensive restoration of the mansion’s exterior, ensuring that the structure is preserved for future generations.
  • Conducting workshops and lectures that inform the public about important conservation and preservation issues.  These include workshops on topics such as Route 66 Resources, Preservation,and Tombstone Conservation.
  • Publishing an annual list of Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Historic Places. Preservation Oklahoma has recognized historic sites across the state at risk of demolition or deterioration, raising awareness of the need to protect Oklahoma’s historic resources.  This awareness has resulted in the preservation of several historic structures, including the Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City, and the Saline Courthouse.

Promoting historic preservation statewide​.