Rounds awards historic grants

Rounds awards historic grants Historic preservation projects in Fort Pierre, Sioux Falls, and rural Clay, Moody and Pennington counties will receive matching grants from the South Dakota State Historical Society, Gov. Michael Rounds has announced.

"This is the seventh year for this historic preservation grants program," Rounds said.� "We are distributing $100,000 between five projects which will result in a total public-private investment of over $400,000. This program is designed to encourage large-scale restoration or rehabilitation of historic properties and is one more way we can promote and protect our history and culture through 2010 and beyond."

The grants are awarded through the South Dakota State Historical Society's Deadwood Fund Grant Program. Funding for the program is from Deadwood gaming revenue earmarked by state law for historic preservation projects throughout the state. The program is administered by the Historical Society's State Historic Preservation Office in Pierre.

The following projects received grants: �The Verendrye Monument National Historic Landmark, Fort Pierre, $50,000, monument restoration and access work; Otho Mine, near Keystone, $20,000, repair mine buildings, mainly siding and roof for use by Meeting the Needs; Central Fire Station, Sioux Falls, $10,000 restoration and stabilization of stone; Pettigrew and Severtson Sale Barn, near Flandreau, $10,000 stabilization and restoration of round barn; Steingrube Place, near Wakonda, $10,000, restoration of stone homestead building.

Deadwood Fund grants are awarded twice a year. The deadline to submit applications for the next round of grants is Feb. 1.

For more information on the South Dakota State Historical Society's Deadwood Fund Grant Program, contact the State Historic Preservation Office, Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217; telephone, (605) 773-3458; Web site, www.state.sd.us/state/executive/deca/cultural/histpre.htm. The State Historical Society is an office of the Department of Tourism and State Development.

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