Archive for Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Heritage Conservation Council to consider grant applications

October 26, 2011


The county’s Heritage Conservation Council will meet Thursday to discuss and possibly decide how to trim nearly $940,000 in requests down to $350,000 in recommendations for grants designated for preserving natural and cultural heritage.

Three groups are seeking “major” grants for projects expected to cost more than $105,000:

• Douglas County Historical Society, $108,000 for continued development of a permanent exhibit for Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.

• Black Jack Battlefield Trust, $163,000 for restoration the Robert Hall Pearson Farmhouse at the battlefield east of Baldwin City.

• Eudora Area Historical Society, $180,000 for renovation of 720 and 722 Main St. into a Eudora Community Museum.

Fifteen smaller projects account for the balance of grant requests.

Council members, who will meet 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass., plan to forward their recommendations to county commissioners in November.


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