Preserving the places where Oklahoma history lives
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Since 1993, 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. While inclusion on the list does not guarantee protection or funding, it can be a key component in mobilizing support for the preservation of historic sites.
Preservation Oklahoma offers workshops and lectures that inform the public about important conservation and preservation issues, such as Route 66 Resources, Preservation, and Tombstone Conservation.
Launched in 2009, the “This Place Matters” tours and lectures are partnerships between Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. and local organizations to bring awareness and appreciation to a community’s historic and cultural resources. The events share co-branding with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “This Place Matters” campaign, an effort to help people across the nation share their stories about the places that matter to them.
Since 2003, Preservation Oklahoma has been the official caretaker of the 1903 Henry Overholser Mansion, which is owned by the Oklahoma Historical Society. Preservation Oklahoma has also overseen an extensive restoration to the mansion's exterior, ensuring that the structure continues to be enjoyed by future generations.