Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today highlighted the importance of preserving West Virginia's history. He presented $410,409 in Records Management and Preservation Board grant funds and $79,950 in survey and planning grant funds.
The Records Management and Preservation Board was created by the West Virginia Legislature in 2000 to develop a system of records management and preservation for county governments. Following a review of application submissions, the Board recommended projects to improve management, storage conditions, access, and preservation of public records held in county offices.
For more information about the Records Management and Preservation Board's annual grant program or the work of the Records Management and Preservation Board, contact Denise Ferguson, county records archivist for West Virginia Archives and History of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, by phone at (304) 558-0230, ext. 150 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survey and planning grants are for projects involving architectural and archaeological surveys; preparation of National Register of Historic Places nominations; heritage education programs relating to preservation activities; pre-development activities; comprehensive planning documents; and development projects. The State Historic Preservation Office provided recommendations to the Archives and History Commission, which made the final grant determinations.
For more information about the survey and planning grants or a complete program description, including funding priorities and selection criteria, visit the division's website at www.wvculture.org/shpo, or contact Pam Brooks, grants coordinator for the State Historic Preservation Office, at (304) 558-0240, ext. 720 or email@example.com.