Northwestern Historic Preservation Taskforce completes first project

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Northwestern Historic Preservation Taskforce completes first project

Northwestern Foundation Release

 Historic Preservation Taskforce
Northwestern Historic Preservation Taskforce members Paul Kinzie, Freida Burgess, John Barton, Wayne Lane, Kathy Earnest, Thelma Crouch, Kay Decker, Austin Prickett and Marie Kadavy celebrate the installation of the first of many markers recognizing historic buildings on the campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.

December 1, 2011 – A project recognizing the historic significance of the oldest building on the campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University is now complete.

The Fine Arts Building is the first in a series of campus buildings to be commemorated by the Northwestern Historic Preservation Taskforce. A bronze plaque detailing the history of the Fine Arts Building can be seen on the north side of the building, and an interior display featuring photos and additional information hangs on the wall of the building’s first floor.

Markers noting the history of Herod Hall and Jesse Dunn are in the works, and funding has been pledged for Carter Hall, Jesse Dunn Annex, Joe Struckle Education Center, J.W. Martin Library, Oklahoma Hall, Percefull Fieldhouse and the President’s Home. Sponsorships are still needed for indoor and outdoor displays for Shockley Hall and Vinson Hall. The cost is $1,200 for each building’s signage.

A second phase of installations will highlight the former locations of Wyatt Gym and the Castle on the Hill, with a third phase marking Ament Hall, Fryer Hall, Stanley May Industrial Education Building, J.W. Holder Wellness Center and others.

Formed last spring by current and former faculty and staff, alumni, community members and a student, the Northwestern Historic Preservation Taskforce, led by John Barton, includes Jim Barker, Freida Burgess, Thelma Crouch, Kay Decker, Kathy Earnest, Marie Kadavy, Paul Kinzie, Wayne Lane and Austin Prickett.

“This project is one more step toward ensuring that future generations will better understand the history of our campus, its various buildings and the lasting impact of Northwestern to our region of the state,” Decker said.

For more information or to sponsor a campus landmark, please contact Barton by phone at 580-327-0406 or email at