News Release 121
Joplin will receive a federal grant for historic preservation project
Volume 39-121 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010
JEFFERSON CITY, MO., APRIL 22, 2011—The city of Joplin, a Certified Local Government, will receive a $20,000 grant through the federal Historic Preservation Fund, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today.
The city will use the grant to plan and produce the 2011 Statewide Historic Preservation Conference to be held in November. The conference will focus on a variety of current preservation issues and efforts. It will feature a keynote speaker, three tracks of educational sessions, exhibits, tours and networking receptions. Tours and reception venues will highlight the unique cultural and historic treasures of the Joplin area.
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants, known as the Historic Preservation Fund, to assist the various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and in Missouri, is administered through the Department of Natural Resources' State Historic Preservation Office.
A minimum of 10 percent of its Historic Preservation Fund monies are earmarked for exclusive use by Certified Local Governments. CLGs are communities that have established a historic preservation program that meets certain standards set by the state and the National Park Service. Local governments that maintain CLG status are considered partners with the SHPO and the NPS in the nation’s historic preservation program. Missouri currently has 50 local governments including Joplin that have attained CLG status.
The grants were awarded based on a competitive scoring process and the direct relation of the projects to the identification, evaluation or protection of historical, architectural or archaeological resources.
For more information about the CLG program, visit the department's SHPO website at dnr.mo.gov/shop/certifie.htm or contact Jo Ann Radetic at 573-522-2473 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.