MDAH Awards More Than $74,000 in Grants To Preservation Program Member Communities

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has awarded grants totaling more than $74,000 to twenty preservation projects in Certified Local Government communities across the state. Amounts range from $1,250 for avenue banners in Laurel to $10,500 to rehabilitate the Polk’s Meat Market building in Woodville.

“Many of the projects this year are survey and National Register project,” said Vicki Myers, CLG Grant Administrator.  “however, we are excited to be able to assist with four rehabilitation projects as well.”

The 2012 grants are as follows:

Brandon, $4,500, to repair twenty-five obelisk and three flat markers in the oldest section of the Brandon Cemetery.

Durant, $1,497, to provide for caulking of the rood, repair of the basement entrance, and other minor repairs to stabilize the current condition of the Durant Depot.

Grenada, $10,500, to begin window repair and install elevator electrical panels in the Masonic Temple.

Grenada, $2,110, to conduct a Historic Resources Survey of approximately 118 buildings.

Hernando, $3,500, to complete a National Register Historic District nomination for the Hernando Water Tower and begin work on usable green space around the tower including installation of interpretive signage.

Jackson, $7,000, to complete a survey and a National Register Historic District nomination of the Medgar Evers Neighborhood Historic District. Also include is the purchase and installation of new street signage.

Laurel, $1,250, to design, purchase and install twenty-five avenue banners from Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and Fifth and Sixth Avenue neighborhoods to historic downtown Laurel.

Leland, $2,500, to purchase and install new street signs for intersections in the Leland Historic District.

McComb, $3,366, for the final phase of the States Area survey (approximately 204 structures).  Previous sections of this large neighborhood have been surveyed with the assistance of prior CLG grant funds.

Meridian, $5,000, to complete a historic preservation and adaptive reuse plan for the city owned Brown Barber Shop building.

Mound Bayou, $2,301, to complete a survey and a National Register Historic District nomination of the Uptown Historic District.

Oxford, $2,500, to provide training for members of the Oxford Historic Preservation Commission and the Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission.  The workshop with be conducted by the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.

Senatobia, $1,900, to resurvey the approximately 270 structures in the Senatobia Historic District.

Tupelo, $5,232, to complete a survey and a National Register Historic District nomination of a twenty-four block area of downtown Tupelo with approximately 189 structures.

Vicksburg, $4,500, to survey approximately 300 structures south of Sky Farm Avenue, from Wabash to the Vicksburg National Military Park.

Winona, $6,250, to complete a survey and a National Register Historic District nomination of the Winona Historic District.

Woodville, $10,500, to rehabilitate the Polk Meat’s Market building in downtown Woodville.

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, www.mdah.state.ms.us/hpres/clgprogram.html.

The sixty-four CLG communities in Mississippi are Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Biloxi, Blue Mountain, Brandon, Canton, Carrollton, Carthage, Centreville, Claiborne County, Clarksdale, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Como, Corinth, Durant, 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, Ripley, Sardis, Senatobia, Sharkey County, Starkville, Summit, Tunica, Tupelo, Vaiden, Vicksburg, West, West Point, Winona, Woodville, Yazoo City.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is the second-oldest state department of archives and history in the United States. A comprehensive historical agency, the department collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state, administers various museums and historic sites, and oversees statewide programs for historic preservation, government records management, and publications. The department is headquartered in the state-of-the-art William F. Winter Archives and History Building, located on the corner of North and Amite Streets in downtown Jackson. For more information call 601-576-6850 or see the Web site, www.mdah.state.ms.us.

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