CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) presented $405,967 in development grant funds for 11 projects involving the restoration and rehabilitation of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the WVDCH administers the development grant program. “The preservation of our state’s historic resources is so important for West Virginians and their sense of history. Being able to see, to visit and to live in sites that have historic meaning keeps alive the sense that our heritage is not just something that happened long ago, but is something that we can still appreciate and enjoy,” said WVDCH Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith.
A review panel appointed by the SHPO developed recommendations for grant funding for the Archives and History Commission, which made the final grant determinations at their meeting in Parkersburg on May 29, 2015. Funding for the grants program comes from the appropriation of funds from the West Virginia Legislature. The division conducted an awards ceremony and orientation on August 5, 2015.
The recipients of the 2015 development grants are as follows:
For more information about the historic preservation development grants, contact Pam Brooks, grants coordinator for the SHPO, at (304)558-0240 or [email protected]. A complete program description is available on our website at www.wvculture.org/shpo/GrantManual/development.html.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. The division brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.