Historical Signage project moves forward with third installation

Passersby can read about significant events, people and places in the Norman community through the Historical Signage project – a citizen-led initiative that has seen its first three signs placed in 2022, with the most recent on December 20.

The project began in August 2021 with an intent to showcase Norman’s history while beautifying landscapes with such educational additions. By November 2021, contractor J&B Graphics was selected for project work. A citizen’s advisory committee recommended signage as follows:

  • “The Naming of Norman” – placed 3/2/22 at the west side of Classen Boulevard, just south of Lindsey Street, bringing attention to how the city was named.
  • “A Navy on the Prairie” – placed 7/7/22 in Legacy Park, off of NW 24th Avenue, bringing attention to a Naval Air Station and Navy facilities once in Norman.
  • “Caring for People with Mental Illness” – placed 12/20/22 in Griffin Park, off of East Robinson Street, bringing attention to the history of Griffin Memorial Hospital.
  • “Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Trail” – estimated date of placement TBD, as well as location. This sign will bring attention to the story of perseverance of Civil Rights Activist Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher.
  • “Chickasaw Ranchers & Their Impact” – estimated date of placement TBD, as well as location. This sign will bring attention to the story of the Chickasaw Ranchers in Norman and Oklahoma, and their many contributions to agriculture.

The Citizen’s Advisory Committee for this project includes: Andy Rieger, Bob Goins, Lee Hall and Joe Carter.

“We appreciate the hard work and commitment of the citizens involved in this process, who have dedicated countless hours of volunteer work to see this signage created and placed,” said Shawn O’Leary, Director of Public Works. “We also appreciate the confidence and forethought of Mayor Larry Heikkila and all of Norman City Council in supporting a project that allows us to share the rich history of Norman and strengthens our sense of community.”

The Department of Public Works will continue to keep the community apprised of updates and installations involved in this project. As funding allows, plans to place additional signage will be presented.