MDAH Awards Over $70,000 To Projects Statewide

The M&O Depot in Aberdeen, Mississippi.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has awarded grants totaling more than $73,000 to sixteen preservation projects in Certified Local Government communities across the state. Amounts range from $1,085 to survey historic buildings in Starkville to $25,000 to complete a comprehensive survey and National Register nomination for the Belhaven Neighborhood in Jackson.

“Most of the projects that received awards this year fall into two types,” said Vicki Myers, CLG Grant Administrator. “Communities are either doing surveys to find out where their historic resources are located or they are working on projects that will help raise awareness about their historic structures and districts.”

The 2011 grants are as follows:

Aberdeen, $5,603.42, to continue interior restoration of the M&O Depot, including wiring, duct work, and insulation for the east side of the building. Previous work has been completed by the assistance of past CLG Grant funds.

Aberdeen, $4,000, to add historic district signage and create a walking tour brochure for Aberdeen’s Silk Stocking Row residential historic district.

Baldwyn, $1,800, to research, write and design a brochure describing the Baldwyn’s National Register designated properties and to erect directional signs at main intersections within the district.

Carthage, $3,525, to hire a consultant to conduct a Historic Resources Survey of approximately 155 structures. The project also includes the completion of a National Register Historic District nomination based on the results of the survey.

Greenville-Washington County, $2,250, to hire a consultant to write an amendment to expand the boundaries of the existing Greenville Commercial National Register Historic District. The expansion will be based on the results of the current survey project being conducted with the assistance of FFY 2010 grant funds.

Hattiesburg, $8,000, to conduct an architectural/historic survey of Hattiesburg’s Central Business District, including the established Hub City National Register District. The project will also include a National Register nomination to expand the district.

Hazlehurst, $2,500, to help develop Design Guidelines for the Hazlehurst Historic District.

Hernando, $1,200, to produce two National Register nominations, one for the North Elm Street Historic District and one for Springhill Cemetery.

Jackson, $25,000, to survey approximately 1000 structures, identify the qualified boundaries, and write the National Register District nomination for the Belhaven Historic District.

Laurel, $5,000, to produce a brochure containing historic landmarks and points of interest in downtown Laurel. The project will include an interactive online version as well to help raise awareness of the city’s many significant structures.

McComb, $1,600, to complete a historic survey of approximately 140 structures in the area between 4th Street on the east, 6th Street on the west, Delaware Avenue on the north, and Pennsylvania Avenue on the south. This is a continuation of a FFY 2010 project.

Natchez, $2,000, to create a brochure about living in Historic Natchez, including information on historic ordinances, tax-credits, and utilities. A historic map will also be included. It will be available at City Hall, local realtor offices, and on the City’s website.

Starkville, $4,000, to develop Design Review Guidelines for the City of Starkville. The Guidelines will assist the Historic Preservation Commission in educating property owners about what exterior changes are appropriate for historic structures in the city.

Starkville, $1,085, to update the Overstreet School survey and make changes, corrections, and additions where appropriate in order to have an accurate survey of the area for local district designation.

Vicksburg, $4,275, to survey approximately 185 structures along Martin Luther King Street to the National Military Park, all of Sky Farm Avenue, Lovers Lane and Skyvale.

Woodville, $1,949.58, to create a new, full-color, composite brochure for Woodville and Wilkinson County that will market the historic and cultural heritage sites of the community.

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. CLG communities may apply for annual grants to undertake preservation projects of importance to the community. Grants may be used for such diverse projects as the restoration of historic buildings; historical, architectural, or archaeological site inventory work; preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places; educational programs; and staff support for new historic preservation commissions.

Funding for the grants comes from the Historic Preservation Fund, a federal grants program appropriated by the U.S. Congress and administered by the National Park Service, which provides financial support to State Historic Preservation Offices—in Mississippi the Historic Preservation Division of MDAH.

To become a CLG, a community must adopt a preservation ordinance establishing a preservation commission in accordance with federal and state guidelines. Once the commission has been established, application for CLG status may be made to the National Park Service through the Department of Archives and History. MDAH works closely with local government officials and citizens to help them create and manage a workable local historic preservation program. To learn more about the CLG program, contac contact Michelle Jones or Vicki Myers at 601-576-6940, or see the MDAH Web site,

The sixty-two 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, Hazlehurst, 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, Starkville, Summit, Tunica, Tupelo, Vaiden, Vicksburg, West, West Point, Winona, Woodville, Yazoo City.

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