PERRY — The Oklahoma Historical Society's State Historic Preservation Office presented its 2013 Citations of Merit at an awards banquet Thursday during the 25th annual Statewide Preservation Conference.
Accomplishments in archeological site preservation, research, publication, public programming, leadership and restoration and rehabilitation work were recognized. Awards went to:
• Kathleen Lacey, for rehabilitation of the DeVaughn Drug Building in the Anadarko Downtown Historic District.
• Oklahoma Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, for identification and documentation of historic properties associated with the Trail of Tears.
• Rogers County Historical Society, for establishment of the Claremore Museum of History in the historic Will Rogers Library Building.
• Russ Bennett, for his role in the development of Fort Sill's cultural resource management program, while serving as Fort Sill's environmental law attorney with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.
• Southern Office Supply; Phyllis Claycomb; Sara Richter; Jim and Ann Grocholski; Dean and Joan Kear; Judy Ortiz, Mike and Susan Byers; Craig and Jamie Barnes; and Sharon Morgan, for their planning, development and presentation of Guymon's “This Place Matters” tour.
• General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute & Museum, for the adaptive reuse of the old Peet Station building as part of the organization's facilities.
• Langston University and its architects, Anishinabe Design Inc. of Norman, for the Langston University Cottage Row Historic District rehabilitation project.
• Charles Thompson, for development of “If These Walls Could Talk: The History of Moore's Old School.”
• Severs Centennial Gala, for the celebration of the people and places that give Muskogee its character.
• City of Norman and consultants, Swearingen Communications of Tulsa, for production of the video “Historic Downtown Norman.”
• Beverly Frantz, for preservation of her “storybook ranch house” in the Rollingwood neighborhood and for raising the awareness of her neighbors about the importance of these 1960s houses.
• The Donnell Family, for exemplary service and rehabilitation projects in the Paseo Historic District.
• ImageNet Consulting, for the Vesper Building rehabilitation project in Automobile Alley Historic District.
• Betty White Smith (posthumously), for her lifelong efforts to collect the documents and artifacts that tell the stories of Pawhuska and Osage County.
• Cynthia Savage, for her research, publication and public presentations about Oklahoma's significant historic properties.
• City of Ponca City and consultant historian Mary Jane Warde of Stillwater, for the documentation of Ponca City's historic churches.
• Armstrong Trust, for the facade rehabilitation of 101-113 N Bell, a significant historic building downtown.
• Ada Hunter and Simon Ott, for the facade rehabilitation of 419-421 E Main St., a significant historic building downtown.
• City of Shawnee, Shawnee Economic Development Foundation and Shawnee Industrial Authority, for establishment of the Downtown Shawnee Facade Grant Program.
• Tahlequah Main Street Association, Cherokee Nation Tourism, City of Tahlequah, Friends of the Thompson House, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce, Tahlequah City Historic Preservation Advisory Board, Tahlequah Tourism and the United Keetoowah Band, for sponsorship of “Go With the Flow of Preservation: Oklahoma's 24th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference” in June 2012.
• Cathy Ambler, for her career devoted to research, publication and advocacy for preservation of historic places.
• Tulsa Public Schools, design consultant GH2 Architects LLC and contractor Manhattan Construction Co. Inc., for rehabilitation of Tulsa's historic Pleasant Porter School.
• Washington High School Honor Society and McClain County Board of Commissioners, for the Jack Brown Cemetery maintenance project.