The Oklahoma Heritage Association is accepting nominations for the 86th annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the highest honor an Oklahoman can receive from the state.

Anyone can make an Oklahoma Hall of Fame nomination – the nominator does not have to be related to or know personally the individual he or she wishes to nominate. Nominees to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame may be either living or deceased. To be eligible for nomination, the individual must:

* Reside in Oklahoma or be a former resident of the state, 

* Have performed outstanding service to humanity, the state of Oklahoma and the United States, 

* Be known for their contributions throughout the state and, above all, 

* Have demonstrated their generosity with time and commitment to the Oklahoma community. 

Individuals who have never resided in Oklahoma may be nominated if they have been distinguished in their profession or if their public service has brought honor or distinction to Oklahoma or contributed to the state’s heritage.

Those making nominations are asked to include information about the nominee’s education, business and professional affiliations, awards or special recognitions, philanthropic involvement and volunteerism, and leadership positions. Information on the individual’s ties to Oklahoma as well as his or her unique talents in his or her field should be included as well.

Both the Oklahoma Hall of Fame nomination form and posthumous nomination form can be downloaded at under the Hall of Fame tab.

Nomination forms are due to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, located at NW 13th Street and Shartel Ave. in Oklahoma City, by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013.

The 2013 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at a luncheon at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum on Thursday, May 16. They will be inducted during the 86th annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony on November 7 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

Tickets will go on sale August 31st.