Cleveland County Historical Society
508 N Peters Ave
Norman OK 73069
Tax Exempt Status Exempt-Other
Mission Statement

Research, preserve, publicize and to educate the public of the history and genealogy of Cleveland County, Oklahoma and its people,” and to “assemble and display objects of historical interest and significance.” 


Cleveland County Historical Society
Contact Information
Contact Name Sue Schrems
Contact email Sue Schrems
Address 508 N Peters Ave
Norman, OK 73069
Phone (405) 321-0156
County Cleveland County
Alternate Phone 405 364-9647
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card
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Other ways to donate, support or volunteer membership information on our website,, mailing a check, volunteering, serving on the board of the Cleveland County Historical Society, and in-kind donations, grant writing. 
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $45,000.00
Projected Expenses $40,000.00
History and Background
Former Names
Supported Organization Cleveland County Historical Society
Year Founded 1973
IRS Ruling Year 1979
State Registration Expiration Nov 2020

Research, preserve, publicize and to educate the public of the history and genealogy of Cleveland County, Oklahoma and its people,” and to “assemble and display objects of historical interest and significance.” 



Historical minded citizens of Norman incorporated The Cleveland County Historical Society (CCHS) in 1967 when 600 charter members pledged, to ”research, preserve, publicize and perpetuate the history and genealogy of Cleveland County, Oklahoma and its people,” and to “assemble and display objects of historical interest and significance.” 

In the 1970s, when citizens across the United States became concerned about the deteriorating condition of historic homes, many state and city governments formed historical preservation committees to help organize the preservation of homes and designate historic districts. Norman was one of those communities. The mayor of Norman set up the “Mayor’s Committee on Historic Preservation” with the goal to back citizens' efforts to preserve the history of Norman through its architecture. Working with members of the Historical Society, the city of Norman purchased the Moore-Lindsey House at 508 N. Peters in 1973. Soon after the purchase, the City allocated funds to renovate the House to its original Victorian style, which represents the early settlement and statehood of Oklahoma. 

The Cleveland County Historical Society’s stewardship of the Moore-Lindsey Historical House began in 1973 when they signed a contract with the City to open the house to the citizens of Norman. From the generosity of the citizens of Cleveland County, through donations of artifacts and money, the historical society was able to decorate each room in the house to represent the life of Victorian America at the turn of the twentieth century. Today the Historical Society maintains their partnership with the City as guardians of the Moore-Lindsay House.   

In 1996 the City of Norman offered the historical society a yearly contract, and an allocation of funds at the beginning of each fiscal year, for the operation of the Historical House. The City grant is principally used to hire a museum curator, whose duties include maintaining the Historical House, using the Historical Society’s collection to create displays, and to offer tours of the museum to visitors, including school and civic groups. 
Cleveland County Historical Society has in the last year
1. Continued to act as guardians of the Moore-Lindsay Historic House
2. Promoted "History, 1889-1949"  and "Norman's Navy Years, 1942-1959" written by Cleveland County Historical Society and published by Arcadia Publishing
3. Continue with on going review of historical collection to provide community access.
4. Developed and implemented, in the new Carriage House Classroom, educational programs for school children and social and civic groups in central Oklahoma.
5. In discussion with Norman's People for Racial Justice in the development of a People's Museum.
Five most pressing needs of the Cleveland County Historical Society:
1. Financial donations to offset cost of paying City Utilities on City owned Historical House property
2. Financial donations for needed exterior renovations of Moore-Lindsay Historical House
3. Volunteer to help work on archive collections
4. Volunteers to help maintain the Historical House and give guided tours
5. Financial support for individual to expand online database of historical newspapers.
6. Need the expertise of a person who knows how to write grants for historical societies.
CEO/Executive Director Statement   see below
Board Chair Statement The mission of the Cleveland County Historical Society is to collect and preserve the history of Norman and Cleveland County. In the twentieth-first century fewer and fewer people are interested in preserving history, certainly not with the same interest that the founders of the Cleveland County Historical Society had when they organized the non-profit agency in 1968. One of the goals of the Society is to work toward a historical museum in Norman and Cleveland County that reflects the history from before settlement to the present. The Moore-Lindsay Historical House only reflects a small window into the history by emphasizing the end of the Victorian era, 1889 to just before World War One. It is the goal of the Society to continue adding to our collection artifacts that reflect the history of Cleveland County and Norman and to work toward a museum to display those artifacts. 
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Cleveland County
Central Oklahoma
The Cleveland County Historical Society covers towns in Cleveland County Oklahoma, including Norman, Lexington, Noble, and Moore.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Museums
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Historical Organizations
Description The museum committee is working to establish support for a Norman Museum that represents the history of Norman from before statehood to the present. If the initiative , Norman Forward, (Citizen's agenda to build a senior center, aquatic center, library and parks) passes Norman City Council and is brought before the voters and passes,  City owned existing senior center, in first library building, will be available for a possible museum.
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Working to pass City initiative that will ultimately provide new museum for Norman.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. a much more comprehensive museum to educate citizens of their heritage, culture and life of central Oklahoma. The ability to collect and store a wide range of artifacts that will help to interpret the history of central Oklahoma. Visual and hands on displays for interactive learning of the history of Oklahoma.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Not applicable at this time
Disaster Programs
Description The Cleveland County Historical Society's Moore- Lindsay Historical House Museum is owned by the City of Norman and is therefore under the City's disaster programs and covered by City insurance.
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments The biggest challenge to the organization is to determine what to do in five years when the City of Norman relies on the Cleveland County Historical Society to pay full utilities on the City owned Moore-Lindsay Historical House. Because the utilities will cost over $10,000, the historical society will have to give up stewardship of the Moore-Lindsay Historical House.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Suzanne Schrems
Start Date Aug 2014
Educational Skills Professor of History, 20 years
Previous board president
Author of articles and book on Oklahoma and Western History. 
Senior Staff
Amy PenceMuseum Manager
Number of Full-time Staff 1
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 10
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Not Specified 0
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Mar 2016
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Robertson Million
Company Affiliation Volunteer
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2020
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 15, 2020
Board of Directors List
Mary BrierVoting
James BriggsCity of NormanExofficio
May CoxVoting
John HughsVoting
Vernon Maddux
Jean McCrackenVoting
Riley MillionNorman TranscriptVoting
Robertson MillionVoting
Barbara Million
Amy PenceVoting
Suzanne H. Schrems Ph.D.retiredVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Not specified 0
Board Term Lengths 1 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 50 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Standing Committees
Capital Campaign
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $45,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $40,000
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$386$373$1,444
Unrealized Gain/Loss----$31,442
Membership Dues----$105
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$37,658$34,899$38,450
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.980.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$88,991$88,830$89,495
Current Assets$84,079$83,215$83,793
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$861$1,568$1,568
Total Net Assets$88,130$87,262$87,927
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities97.6553.0753.44
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $37,307Contributions $33,505Realized & Unrealized Gains/(Losses) $31,442
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $833Investment Income $373Other $1,868
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $386Other $356Investment Income $1,444
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose To partially fund a museum
Campaign Goal $100,000
Campaign Dates Jan 2014 to Jan 2019
Amount Raised To Date as of Sept 2014
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? Yes
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments

All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990EZ's.

Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.

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Address 508 N Peters Ave
Norman, OK 73069
Primary Phone 405 321-0156
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CEO/Executive Director Suzanne Schrems
Board Chair Robertson Million
Board Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer