OK Historic Preservation Office Schedules Meeting

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The State Historic Preservation Office has scheduled a meeting to provide information on its statewide preservation program.

The office also will seek public comments for the development of the Fiscal Year 2003 Historic Preservation Fund Application.

The public meeting is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at Shepherd Mall in Oklahoma City, said Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Melvena Heisch. The federal fiscal year will begin Oct. 1.

The State Historic Preservation Office anticipates receiving $675,000 from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fiscal Year 2003 Historic Preservation Fund to carry out Oklahoma's statewide preservation program, said Heisch.

Of that amount, 10 percent will be reserved for pass-through grants to Oklahoma's Certified Local Governments. More than half of the total Historic Preservation Fund grant award will be used for subgrants to carry out historical and archeological resource survey projects, prepare National Register of Historic Places nominations and continue public outreach and education programs.

"Citizen input will help shape the future of Oklahoma's past," said Heisch. "The State Historic Preservation Office would greatly appreciate hearing ideas and suggestions on the preservation program priorities for the coming fiscal year. …