“Preservation50” Traveling Exhibition to be Showcased in Lawton July 31, noon - August 11

City of Lawton Buildings on the National Register of Historic Places

“Preservation50” Traveling Exhibition to be Showcased in Lawton July 31, noon - August 11

 

Preservation Oklahoma’s traveling exhibition “Preservation50: Oklahoma Celebrates the National Historic Preservation Act” will be on display in Lawton, Oklahoma from July 31, noon - August 11, time to be determined. The exhibit highlights the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act and will be available for viewing at Lawton City Hall, located at 212 SW 9th Street in Lawton, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Added note: The City of Lawton has four properties on the National Register of Historic Places; Lawton City Hall (Old Lawton High School), Carnegie Library/Old Town Hall, Armory and the newly designated Central Fire Station, 623 SW D, celebrated placement on the national register June 20. 

“Preservation Oklahoma is dedicated to helping community members advocate for historical and endangered sites statewide,” said David Pettyjohn, executive director of Preservation Oklahoma. “We are excited to showcase ‘Preservation50’ in Lawton and educate residents on the National Historic Preservation Act’s impact on Oklahoma.”

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Historic Preservation Act into law in 1966, establishing the structure and mechanisms for treatment of the nation’s archeological and historic properties. The Act facilitated the creation of the National Register of Historic Places and State Historic Preservation Offices. The Oklahoma Historical Society, in conjunction with the State Historic Preservation Office, partner agencies and organizations, is participating in Preservation50, the national celebration of the Act’s 50th anniversary.

“Preservation50” visitors can experience photos of buildings and structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and learn more about why the Act is important to preserving Oklahoma’s historic resources. The exhibit is free of charge courtesy of the State Historic Preservation Office. For more information on about the exhibit or Preservation Oklahoma, please visit PreservationOK.org.

Founded in 1992, Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. is the state's only private, nonprofit membership organization that is dedicated to promoting, supporting and coordinating historic preservation education and activities throughout the state. Preservation Oklahoma also serves as the caretaker for the historic Overholser Mansion in Oklahoma City. Preservation Oklahoma is a statewide partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and works on joint projects with the State Historic Preservation Office and the Oklahoma Historical Society. For more information, please visit PreservationOK.org or call (405) 525-5325.

 

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