Each year, thousands of people visit Oklahoma's archives, libraries and museums to experience the treasured photographs, artifacts, and other materials that preserve our rich and unique heritage. Many of these irreplaceable materials are endangered because of inadequate housing, a lack of funding for collections care, and untrained staff. Once these cherished treasurers are gone, Oklahoma loses a part of its past - a situation that has a profound impact on how we tell the story of all that is unique and special about communities throughout Oklahoma. It is this threat which led the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Museums Association, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board and many other partners to form the alliance which is the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust (the Trust). With a $245,000 Connecting to Collections statewide implementation grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Trust is working to improve support for Oklahoma collections-based archives, libraries, and museums.