Recent MDAH Grant Awards

Saw two press releases on the MDAH website worth separating out from the usual Roundup (especially since these two stories make up the bulk of the news since the last roundup).

The first was one titled “MDAH Awards Grants at Quarterly Meeting“:

At its regular quarterly meeting on May 16, the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History awarded more than $425,000 in grants and approved seven new Mississippi Landmarks and eleven new State Historical Markers.

A Civil Rights Historical Sites grant was awarded to the City of Meridian for renovation of the Holbrook Benevolent Association Building. The circa-1924 two-story brick structure was the second location of the Council of Federated Organizations offices in Meridian. The award of $208,000 will be used to replace the roof, install a roof vent and drainage system, repair doors and windows, and repoint masonry.

**”Cotesworth” [Senator J. Z. George house], Carrollton, Carroll County (c.1847): Significant for its historical association with Mississippi Senator J.Z. George and for its Greek Revival architecture. The Victorian hexagonal library is especially noteworthy and unique in the state.

Mississippi Landmark Grants were awarded to the Mantee Depot in Webster County and Cotesworth Culture and Heritage Center in Carroll County. A grant of $130,150 will go toward the relocation of the Mantee Depot to its original site on First Street. After it is stabilized and renovated, it will be used by the town as a welcome center/community center. Cotesworth Culture and Heritage Center in Carroll County will receive $15,320 for exterior repair and painting. Grants from the program may be used to pay the cost of acquisition, preservation, restoration, and operation of any Mississippi Landmark property.Three universities were awarded Mississippi Archaeology Research Grants for projects located in the state. The University of Mississippi received $9,568.31 for geophysical research and excavation support in endangered sections of the Feltus Mounds in Jefferson County. $10,000 was awarded to Tulane University for the Lower Mississippi Valley Archaeological Project in the Delta, and $9,997 was awarded to the University of Alabama for work at the Coles Creek and Plaquemine Settlement in Adams County. The Mississippi Archaeology Research Grant Program provides funding for archaeological research projects located in Mississippi, with priority given to research on endangered sites or collections.Mississippi Landmark designation was approved for the Jenkins Administration and Harris Patrick Academic Buildings on the campus of Hinds Community College; Gulfport Army Air Field Hangar, Harrison County; Cassity Hall on the campus of Delta State University; Grenada Army Air Field Hangar, Grenada County; Poplar Hill School, Jefferson County; Summit Standpipe, Pike County; and Sturgis Presbyterian Church, Oktibbeha County.

State Historical Markers were approved for

  • Temple B’nai Sholom, Brookhaven;
  • Old Brookhaven, Brookhaven;
  • Rose Hill Cemetery, Brookhaven;
  • Grierson’s Raid 1863, Pike County;
  • J.W. Cutrer Mansion, Coahoma County;
  • Magnolia, Pike County;
  • Masonite Corporation, Jones County;
  • Needmore Community, Oktibbeha County;
  • Pascagoula Street Railroad and Power Company, Jackson County;
  • the Templeton Store at Dentville, Copiah County; and
  • Union Church, Lee County.

The second story from MDAH was all about the Certified Local Government Grants

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.

**Illinois Central Depot, Durant (c.1909). One of the most architecturally distinguished depots along the Illinois Central line, the Durant depot was deisgned by Chicago architect Frank D. Chase. It is the only remaining railroad-related resource in a community that once boasted a large yard and roundhouse for train maintenance.

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.

Categories: Cool Old Places, Grants, Historic Preservation, MS Dept. of Archives and History, Preservation People/Events, Renovation Projects

1 reply

  1. Good to see that Polk’s Meat Market in Woodville is being spruced up. It came within inches of its life when the library was built behind it on Main Street. The original plans called for the library to replace Polk’s. I believe the plan would also have moved most of the town hall functions away from the nearby town hall, so it’s a good thing that this never happened.


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