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Preservation organization to announce state's endangered sites



Preservation Oklahoma will announce its annual list of the state's "most-endangered historic places" Thursday night at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum.

Featuring 12 sites nominated by the public, the 2008 lineup includes at least one in the metro. The event begins with tours of the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, 1400 Classen Drive, at 5 p.m., with the announcement at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by Cheever's Café.

Preservation Oklahoma's annual list was created to build awareness about places at risk of disappearing from the state's landscape. While inclusion does not ensure funding or preservation, according to the organization, "The designation has been a positive tool for "¦ rallying resources to save these endangered places."

Oklahoma City's Skirvin Hotel and Gold Dome Bank previously graced the list, established in 1993. Still, according to press materials, those places listed are "just a sample of thousands of landmarks across Oklahoma in desperate need of attention and protection."

The event is free and open to the public. For reservations or more information, call 525-5325 or e-mail "Emily Jerman

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