News Release 262

Buchanan County will receive a federal grant for historic preservation project

Volume 39-262 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Buchanan County will receive a $25,000 grant through the federal Historic Preservation Fund, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today.

The county will use the grant for roof, gutter and west entrance steps repair that is included in the first phase of rehabilitation work on their courthouse. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Buchanan County Courthouse has been serving the county’s citizens since its completion in 1873. It is the only cruciform, Renaissance Revival courthouse in Missouri and was the scene of the trial of the Ford brothers for the murder of Jesse James.

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.

The grants are 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. Grant-funded projects must pertain to the accomplishment of the State Historic Preservation Officer’s responsibilities as outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, must be carried out in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s “Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation” and must meet requirements of the National Register Programs Guideline (NPS-49).

For more information about the federal Historic Preservation Fund, visit the department's website or contact the State Historic Preservation Office at 573-522-2473.