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.
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