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About Us

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 preserve the places where Oklahoma history lives.


We believe communities are enriched when we connect history to our present and future.

We address this mission by:

  • Publishing Preservation Oklahoma News, a 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.

 

PRESERVATION OKLAHOMA
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President - Daniel Mathis, Oklahoma City

Vice President - Sarah Jordan, Oklahoma City

Treasurer - Chad Huntington, Oklahoma City

Secretary - Lynne Rostochil, Oklahoma City

Linda Barnett, Tulsa

Jeff Erwin, Oklahoma City

Rusty Milroy, Okmulgee

Travis Owens, Tulsa

Cherish Ralls, Oklahoma City

Tori Raines, Oklahoma City

Carissa Stevens, Oklahoma City

Brad Wilson, Coyle

PRESERVATION OKLAHOMA
STAFF

Cayla Lewis
Executive Director

Lisa Escalon
Museum Coordinator

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Preservation Oklahoma Inc. is currently seeking board members from the Tulsa and Rural Oklahoma communities. If you are interested in joining the POK board, please reach out to Executive Director, Cayla Lewis, director@preservationok.org.