Haskell Indian Nations University has received a $50,000 grant to help fund a log cabin that will be used as a museum on campus.
The grant was announced Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Pat Robert's office.
Haskell President Bob Martin said the grant would be used to help pay for archiving materials, construction of the cabin and could be used for an archival class.
"We're really pleased," he said. "This will certainly be a shot in the arm for our cultural preservation program."
Plans call for a log cabin museum to be built near Pushmataha Hall. It would be located on the right as visitors enter the Haskell Campus from 23rd and Barker streets, Martin said.
Donations from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Log Homes Council, National Association of Home Builders, Department of Agriculture and Design, New York Institute of Technology and a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will pay for cost and design of the building.
A cost estimate wasn't immediately available.
"We're still waiting to hear" on additional donations, Martin said.
Plans originally called for construction of the log cabin to be built early this summer, but Martin said he wasn't sure when it could begin.
Construction is intended to be a community effort.
Currently, Haskell has a large collection of historical documents, photographs, films and other materials that are threatened because of inadequate preservation space.
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