A community’s sense of place is reflected in many ways but none more importantly than its historic structures.These buildings paint a picture of a town’s history, demonstrate what makes a community unique, and serve as a testament to all who have lived within its boundaries.  

This Place Matters tours assist communities in sharing this sense of place by raising awareness of a community’s historic resources.  The tours emphasize the importance of preserving and revitalizing these places and often include recently-rehabilitated buildings or event preservation projects-in-progress. Preservation Oklahoma works with local partners to select sites for the tour.  Once the sites have been chosen, POK assists with the research and documentation of the sites’ history to include in a tour booklet.  POK also works with local partners to  promote the event locally and statewide.

Since 2009, This Place Matters tours have taken place in Newkirk, Muskogee, Alva, Cherokee, Durant, and Sulphur. In 2010, Preservation Oklahoma co-branded the program with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s This Place Matters campaign.  The campaign is a nationwide effort to recognize the importance of the places and stories that matter to individuals and communities at a local level.

The tours highlight the places that matter most to a community and allow residents and visitors to learn something new about their town.  After the tour, residents feel a sense of community pride, equipped with the simple but powerful knowledge that their place matters.

If you are interested in hosting a This Place Matters tour in your community, contact the Preservation Oklahoma offices.

This Place Matters

Promoting historic preservation statewide​.