Monday, July 27, 2009

Local Historic Survey Gets Funding

Governor Phil Bredesen and the Tennessee Historical Commission have announced that Tennessee Tech University is one of nearly two dozen agencies statewide which will receive a total of $579,900 in Historic Preservation Fund grants. The grants have been awarded to 23 community organizations for programs and activities that support the preservation of historic and archaeological sites, districts and structures. They come from federal funds allocated by the Department of Interior under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act. The programs authorized by this Act are administered by the Tennessee Historical Commission. Tennessee Tech's Upper Cumberland Studies program will get $15,000 to enter historic property survey information into a database. Meanwhile, the Upper Cumberland Development District has been awarded $50,000 to fund a preservation specialist staff position for the area. Officials say this year’s selection process emphasized projects conducting architectural, archaeological and historic site surveys. Such projects are designed to identify and to record historic districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects built before 1960 that are significant to Tennessee's history.