May Day | Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust and friends of archives, libraries, and museums from throughout the state joined together to celebrate Oklahoma's heritage. Events at the State Capitol on May 1 included:

Celebration at Oklahoma State Capitol in the Governor’s Blue Room at 10:00am as a part of Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust’s May Day Celebration

Governor proclamation of May as Cultural Heritage Month presented (below)

Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society served as Master of Ceremonies for the May Day event

Announcement of organization accepted into the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust Top Ten Artifacts: Saving Our Treasures

Organizations in Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust Top Ten Artifacts: Saving Oklahoma's Heritage program received recognition from their Legislators with a Good Stewardship Award

Celebratory Luncheon

Proclamation of May as Cultural Heritage Month

WHEREAS, much of our state’s rich and diverse heritage is contained in the artifacts, documents and records created by and for its citizens and housed in seven hundred forty archives, libraries, and museums located in all seventy-seven counties; and

WHEREAS, state and local governments, religious and medical institutions, colleges and universities, libraries, historical societies, and museums, throughout the state have established collections as a means of preserving our history; and

WHEREAS, Oklahoma archives, libraries, and museums nourish minds and spirits by fostering contemplation, exploration, imagination, critical thinking, and dialogue to advance knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of history, science, the arts and the natural world; and

WHEREAS, curators, librarians, and archivists in Oklahoma are dedicated to responsibly preserving the historical word, maintaining artifacts in the public trust, and making those items available for study and appreciation whether in a local repository or via the Internet; and

WHEREAS through these cultural repositories, future generations of Oklahomans can accurately study the past, learn from the accomplishments of their predecessors, trace their ancestors, and understand their community’s pride of place, while celebrating the history of our state; and

WHEREAS, it is important to celebrate the role of history, the arts, and sciences in our lives, and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping to preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that has shaped us as a people;

Now, therefore, I, Mary Fallin, Governor of the Great State of Oklahoma, do hereby proclaim the month of May 2014 as

Cultural Heritage Month