A MDAH Publication | Volume 45 No. 1 | January 2003
Preservation Grants of $7,336,500 Awarded
The Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) has announced awards of grant funds totaling $7,336,500 million.
Mississippi Landmark Grants
The 2002 Legislature authorized the issuance of $700,000 in bonds as supplemental funding to implement the Mississippi Landmark Grant Program, established by the 1999 Legislature and administered by MDAH. MDAH received fifty-two applications requesting almost $8.9 million. MORE
"We are grateful to the Mississippi Legislature for its decision to establish and fund this program. We saw many, many worthy applications during this process, and wish we could have awarded each of them grants." said MDAH director Elbert R. Hilliard. "Participation in the Mississippi Landmark Grant Program was overwhelming, and we salute all the applicants." MORE (go to news page link for rest, including list).
Community Heritage Preservation Grants
The 2002 Mississippi Legislature authorized the issuance of $5.5 million in bonds to continue the popular Community Heritage Preservation Grant Program that helps with the preservation and restoration of historic courthouses and schools and, in Certified Local Government communities, other historic properties.
The Department of Archives and History, directed by the Legislature to review and evaluate the grant applications, received seventy-three applications requesting over $22 million.
"We are delighted with the response to this very popular program, which will enable the preservation of some of the most significant historic buildings in the state," said MDAH director Elbert R. Hilliard. MORE
Monument to Women of Confederacy Restored
Conservation and treatment of the 85-year-old bronze and granite memorial to the women of the Confederacy on the State Capitol grounds is complete. Conservators John Dennis of Dallas and Michael Morris of New York chemically cleaned the green, water-streaked bronze surface to restore it to its intended color, then pressure-washed the granite. The conservation was made possible by private donations, an allocation of legislative funds for the maintenance of the Capitol and grounds, and a matching grant secured by MDAH from Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!), a joint project of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the national Heritage Preservation agency. The sculpture was created by artist Belle Kinney and was cast by the Tiffany Studios. The 1917 monument stands on the south side of the Capitol, facing Mississippi Street.
MHS Annual Meeting: Feb. 27- March 1
Thomas K. McCraw, Straus Professor of Business History at the HarvardUniversity Graduate School of Business Administration, will be the banquet speaker at the 2003 annual MHS meeting in Jackson February 27- March 1. McCraw’s work, fusing intellectual history with the histories of business and government resulted in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Prophets of Regulation: Charles Francis Adams, Louis D. Brandeis, James M. Landis, Alfred E. Kahn (1984). McCraw is a Corinth native. Other featured speakers will be William C. Allen, architectural historian of the United States Capitol; Stephen Cresswell, West Virginia Wesleyan College; Chester "Bo" Morgan, Delta State University; Corey T. Lesseig, Waycross College; Connie L. Lester, Mississippi State University; and John R. Neff, University of Mississippi. Tours of the State Capitol and the newly restored War Memorial Building will be offered on Friday afternoon. Headquarters is the Edison Walthall Hotel in downtown Jackson (601/948-6161). Registration information and form are available online at www.mdah.state.ms.us or call 601/359-6850.
by the Mississippi Department of Archives
and History Elbert R. Hilliard, director Chrissy Wilson, editor