The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for Oklahoma college and university students to attend Preservation is Golden:  Oklahoma’s 28th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. It will be held June 1-3, 2016, in downtown Enid (full registration and program details available in late April).

Twenty (20) scholarships are available on a first-come basis to those who qualify. The scholarship covers the conference registration fee, and the application deadline is 5:00pm, Friday, May 6. For details and an application form contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO, at 405/522-4484 or, or visit the SHPO’s website at



Save the dates, June 1-3, 2016, for Preservation is Golden: Oklahoma’s 28th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. In 2016, the United States will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) through Preservation50. Government agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens will engage in programs and activities to highlight historic preservation successes over the last half century, evaluate the NHPA’s role in these achievements, and consider goals for the national preservation program for the next fifty years. Oklahoma’s 28th annual Statewide Preservation Conference is just one of the ways the state’s preservation partners will join the celebration.

Preservation is golden features two plenary sessions, with Erik M. Hein, Executive Director, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, Washington, D.C.; and Norma Ramirez de Miess, Senior Program Officer and Director of Leadership Development, National Main Street Center, Chicago, as featured speakers.


Additionally, three concurrent tracks of sessions will include:

TRACK A: Preservation50, focusing on the NHPA’s impacts on historic preservation in Oklahoma; TRACK B: Gold Medal Preservation Performances, featuring case studies on the identification, evaluation, restoration, rehabilitation, stabilization, and reconstruction of historic properties; and TRACK C: Golden Opportunities, Highlighting the economic and social benefits of historic preservation, the need for a new generation of preservation leaders, and effective preservation organizations.


Special events include the opening reception; local tours; Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.’s annual meeting and luncheon; and the State Historic Preservation Office’s annual awards banquet.

Conference cosponsors include Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office; Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Main Street Center; Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.; and Main Street Enid, Inc.  


Full conference program and registration information will be available in late April.  Follow conference developments at;; and