William Fremont Harn Gardens
1721 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City OK 73105-4911
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Harn Homestead & 1889ers Museum
Mission Statement The mission is to preserve the historic Harn Homestead and educate the public about the territorial years of Oklahoma.
Contact Information
Contact Name Melessa Gregg
Contact email mgregg@harnhomestead.com
Address 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105 4911
Phone (405) 235-4058
Fax 405-235-4041
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://www.harnhomestead.com
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/harn/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer You can donate to the Harn Homestead Museum on our website via PayPal. You can also send checks to our mailing address and staff members can also receive them via phone with a credit card number. We also gratefully accept in-kind donations and volunteer hours. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact the office and ask for the Education Director. Volunteer jobs include guiding tours, working in the gardens, assisting with field trips, or answering phones and ringing up gift shop purchases. The Harn Homestead Museum could not operate with generous donations of both resources and volunteer hours from the Oklahoma City community.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $369,358.00
Projected Expenses $350,202.00
Mission The mission is to preserve the historic Harn Homestead and educate the public about the territorial years of Oklahoma.
William Fremont Harn came from Mansfield, Ohio to Oklahoma territory in 1891 as a government appointed Federal Agent. In that same year, he purchased the 160 acres which would become the Harn Homestead from one of the participants in the April 22, 1889 Land Run. In 1910, Mr. Harn donated 40 of those 160 acres to the State of Oklahoma for the construction of the State Capitol building.
The Harn House was ordered from the National Home Builders catalog as a Christmas gift for his wife, Mrs. Alice Moores Harn in 1903. It was constructed within six weeks of its arrival in 1904. As an accomplished artist herself, Mrs. Harn commissioned a local craftsman to customize the woodwork surrounding the doors and windows inside the house.
The Harn's had no surviving children following the loss of their infant son in Ohio, but took in Mrs. Harn's niece Florence Wilson following the death of her mother, Alice Harn's sister, in 1907. Florence was raised by the Harns, attended finishing school, and later Vassar University. She returned to Oklahoma to work for Mr. Harn.
Florence cared for Mr. and Mrs. Harn for the remainder of their lives and towards the end of hers she donated the remaining acres of the Harn Homestead to the City of Oklahoma City for use as a city park.
The Harn Homestead Museum was incorporated in 1986 and has operated as a private non-profit since that time. Today, the Harn Homestead Museum is led by a Board of Directors with three full-time staff members and a steady rotation of volunteers who oversee daily operations on the property. Since its 1986 incorporation, the Harn Homestead Museum, which originally consisted of the 1904 Harn House and 1909 Farmhouse, has since added the 1904 Shinn Barn, the 1897 Stoneypoint Schoolhouse, the Shepherd House, and the Neal Cabin to its collection of historic buildings on the property. In addition, there is a 2500 square foot Event Barn modeled after Mr. Harn's barn that burned down in the 1920's. The "E Barn" currently hosts many private events such as weddings, receptions, and corporate parties on the weekends.
The Harn Homestead Museum is best known to the elementary and secondary school-aged crowd who come throughout the year on field trips where they participate in hands-on activities in the Schoolhouse, Farmhouse, and Barn. Guided tours of the Harn House as well as self-guided tours of the grounds take place each weekday afternoon as well.
Impact Operation of a historical museum, presentation of displays, seminars, exhibits and similar activities toward the goal of an expanded interest in territorial Oklahoma heritage.
Needs The Harn Homestead Museum has a small staff and welcomes volunteers of all ages to assist us with tours, educational programming, gardening, and gift shop/receptionist duties in the office. With six historic buildings on the property, the Harn Homestead is also always looking for funding for preservation projects that keep the buildings in good repair and provide resources for emergency repairs. In addition, funding for our educational programs. This funding goes towards purchasing items such as McGuffey readers, slates and chalk, as well as replica items such as toys and dress-up clothes so that visiting students get a true hands-on experience of what life in 1889 Oklahoma territory would have been like for them.
CEO/Executive Director Statement The Harn Homestead Museum preserves Oklahoma's territorial history by providing multiple examples of homes and barns constructed during that time period. We take daily visitors and student groups back in time through our tours and field trips to give them a historical perspective of what life was like from 1889-1907 and we do it in a beautiful setting just a short walk from our State Capitol. Our priorities are keeping those buildings available and safe for visitors of all ages and making sure that those visitors leave the grounds with a greater appreciation of Oklahoma's foundation and its legacy.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
We provide educational programming with daily tours and field trips. These are attended primarily by students in the Oklahoma City metro and secondarily by the Tulsa area.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Children's Museums
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Art Museums
Description Daily admission tours of the property. These are self-guided with the exception of the Harn House that can be viewed by guided tour only.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Description Students ranging from 4-14 years old can participate in Educational programming written by the staff and facilitated by staff and volunteers. This programming requires advanced registration and is designed to give students a hands-on experience to depict life during the Territorial years of Oklahoma.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Description Two evening activities that allow families who aren't able to visit the museum during the usual hours of operation to view the facility and participate in seasonally appropriate activities.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults General/Unspecified
Description The museum's annual fundraiser is a 21 and over barn party on the museum grounds targeted to raise money for the museum's educational programs.
Population Served Adults
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Our primary challenge will always be the daily maintenance of several historic buildings and keeping them not only presentable for daily tour, but also safe for all of our visitors. In addition, despite great efforts on the part of the staff and board to get the word out about us, we seem to remain a bit more of a "hidden gem" for visitors than we would like. Like many other non-profits, we can always use more volunteer docents and educators, and we never turn away offers of help with our grounds and gardens which occasionally become a bit much for a limited staff to maintain on its own.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Melessa Gregg
Start Date July 2011
Email mgregg@harnhomestead.com
Experience Melessa has a Master's Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked in several capacities at the Harn Homestead Museum prior to assuming the role of E.D. including Archivist, Education Director, and Interim Director. Melessa is married, has five children, and lives in the Oklahoma City metro area.
Senior Staff
Alison MaruskaMuseum Operations Director
David SapperEducation Director
Kasandra SchemelEvent Coordinator
Number of Full-time Staff 3
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 22
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
American Association for State and Local History2014
Oklahoma Museums Association member2006
Oklahoma City Arts Council2006
Oklahoma City Chamber2006
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Computer Equipment and Software
Fine Arts and Collectibles
General Property Coverage
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. John Pribyl
Company Affiliation Leonard Investment Advisors Inc.
Term July 2014 to June 2017
Email jwpribyl@cox.net
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2016
Board of Directors List
Ms. Amber Brock Voting
Mr. Ryan Cole Voting
Ms. Paula Love Voting
Mr. Johnny Pribyl Leonard Investment AdvisorsVoting
Mr. Nick Solis Voting
Ms. Kim Terry Metropolitan Library SystemVoting
Mr. Anthony Warren Energy FinancialVoting
Mr. Jeff Watt Voting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 60
Female 40
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Historic Preservation
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Dannie Bea Hightower Community Volunteer
Kon Keesee Keesee & Co.
Robert Saunders WSI
Sally Saunders Community Volunteer
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments The Harn Homestead Museum's mission to preserve and to educate means that we must provide adequate care for our historic structures not only for the buildings themselves, but for the safety and learning of our visitors. Because foundation grants tend to focus on health and educational assistance, finding funding to preserve Oklahoma's history is both our biggest struggle and our primary goal.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2016-June 30, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $369,358
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $350,202
Financial Documents
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$132,424$99,485$93,536
Investment Income, Net of Losses$50,344$47,973$46,046
Unrealized Gain/Loss($298)$1,828$988
Membership Dues------
Special Events$1,087$46,336$59,995
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$249,950$239,439$251,716
Administration Expense$50,310$51,421$52,797
Fundraising Expense$19,763$38,925$40,152
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.191.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%73%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%27%26%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$854,550$849,964$806,712
Current Assets$364,086$321,810$241,646
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$50,296$35,698$56,704
Total Net Assets$804,254$814,266$750,008
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.249.014.26
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $132,424Earned Revenue $194,056Earned Revenue $168,594
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $121,396Individuals $99,485Individuals $93,536
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $50,344Investment Income $47,973Special Events $59,995
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? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
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Address 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105 4911
Primary Phone 405 235-4058
Contact Email mgregg@harnhomestead.com
Give with Credit Card http://www.harnhomestead.com
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/harn/
CEO/Executive Director Melessa Gregg
Board Chair Mr. John Pribyl
Board Chair Company Affiliation Leonard Investment Advisors Inc.