The Oklahoma Department of Libraries, in partnership with the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, announced Monday that the United Keetoowah Band John Hair Museum was awarded a “Threats to Your Collection” grant of $3,000 to improve archival conditions in the museum for collections of United Keetoowah Band historical documents, photos, maps and other objects.
The UKB John Hair Museum opened in October 2011 as a museum of Keetoowah Cherokee history. The museum’s collects are related to the history of the Keetoowah Cherokees as well as other tribes with aboriginal roots in the southeastern United States. The ongoing collections consist of documents, photos, maps, video recordings, audio recordings and other objects. The history of the Keetoowah people has over the past fifty years remained somewhat obscure, but with the opening of the museum, Keetoowah history is becoming more widely known to tribal members and to the general public.
Support for the grant program was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the funding arm for the National Archives and Records Administration. Grants totaling $50,000 were awarded to 27 Oklahoma institutions.
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