Department Awards $67,000 in Community Grants

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has awarded grants totaling more than $67,000 to fifteen preservation projects in Certified Local Government communities across the state. Amounts range from $12,000 to restore the interior of the M & O Depot in Aberdeen to $600 for a survey of buildings in Sharkey County.

“We are excited about the variety of projects that will be undertaken with CLG grants this year,” said program administrator Michelle Jones. “We are especially pleased that Raymond is partnering with MDAH to provide local GIS mapping for all sixty CLG communities in Mississippi.”

The 2010 grants are as follows:

  • Aberdeen, $12,000, for interior work on the M & O Depot, a Mississippi Landmark, including rebuilding the ticket counter, replacing/restoring bead-board walls, and insulation and electrical work.
  • Canton, $6,000, for repair of the cedar shake roof on the log cabin behind the old Madison County Jail, which is now the home to the Madison County-Canton Historical Society.
  • Corinth, $2,160, for a structural analysis of the Corinth Machinery Works Building.
  • Eupora, $3,768, for a historic resources survey of the local historic district and preparation of the National Register of Historic Places district nomination.
  • Greenville, $2,880, for a historic resource inventory and a National Register district nomination for the Downtown Greenville Commercial District.
  • Greenville, $720, for the creation of a historic preservation commission Web site to include photos of all Mississippi Landmark and National Register properties and state historical markers in Washington County.
  • Jackson, $6,000, for street signs identifying the Farish Street Historic District.
  • Leland, $3,000, for signs identifying the city’s historic district.
  • Meridian, $3,300, for restoration of the Zehler Monument fountain to its original condition.
  • McComb, $2,500, for the survey of a portion of the States neighborhood of the city.
  • Natchez, $5,000, for external repairs to Magnolia Hall.
  • Oxford, $3,000, for the reorganization and enhancement of graphics used in the Oxford Historic Preservation Design Guidelines.
  • Pascagoula, $630, for the creation and distribution of banners for buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places or located in the local historic district.
  • Raymond, $2,751, to add a layer in the new GIS map of National Register properties and districts and Mississippi Landmarks to identify local historic district boundaries.
  • Sharkey County, $600, for a survey of buildings around the Rolling Fork courthouse to help establish a local historic district as well as possible future use in a National Register nomination.

The Certified Local Government program is a federal-state-local partnership designed to assist communities in dealing with diverse preservation needs through funding and technical assistance. To learn more about the CLG program, contact Michelle Jones in the Historic Preservation Division of MDAH, 662-325-2520, or see the MDAH Web site,

The sixty CLG communities in Mississippi are Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Biloxi, Blue Mountain, Brandon, Canton, Carrollton, Carthage, Centreville, Claiborne County, Clarksdale, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Como, Corinth, Eupora, Friars Point, Gautier, Greenville-Washington County, Greenwood, Grenada, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, Indianola, Jackson, Kosciusko, Laurel, Leland, Lexington, Louisville, Magnolia, McComb, Meridian, Moss Point, Mound Bayou, Natchez, Newton, Ocean Springs, Osyka, Oxford, Pascagoula, Philadelphia, Port Gibson, Raymond, Sardis, Sharkey County, Summit, Tunica, Tupelo, Vaiden, Vicksburg, West, West Point, Winona, Woodville, Yazoo City.

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