Davidson, Williamson organizations among 37 to get preservation grants

Friday, June 6, 2014, Vol. 38, No. 23

NASHVILLE (AP) — Thirty-seven community organizations in Tennessee are getting grants to preserve historic and archaeological sites, districts and structures.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced the grants this week and said the more than $600,000 in assistance will ensure that the state's rich history will continue to be shared with future generations.

The Tennessee Historical Commission reviewed 63 applications with funding requests totaling nearly $2 million.

This year's selection included archaeological surveys, design guidelines for historic districts, rehabilitation of historic buildings, posters highlighting the state's history and archaeology, and brochures related to historic tourism.

Midstate grant winners include:

Davidson County:

  • Metro Historical Commission - $12,000 to fund the completion of nominations for two residential historical districts in the Inglewood community of Davidson County.
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Public History Program - $15,000 to fund an archaeological survey of a historic archaeological site in Davidson County.

Williamson County:

  • City of Franklin - $20,000 to fund ground penetrating radar investigations and digital drafting of the National Register-listed Rest Haven Cemetery and Franklin City Cemetery.
  • Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County - $9,000 to fund the restoration of windows in the National Register-listed Old, Old Jail.

Multi-county grants impacting Middle Tennessee:

  • Tennessee Preservation Trust - $12,000 to fund the 2015 Statewide Historic Preservation Conference.
  • Tennessee History for Kids - $10,000 to fund posters for Tennessee schools and libraries, highlighting historic preservation in Tennessee.
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology - $3,738 to fund posters for Tennessee Archaeology Week.
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology - $50,000 to digitize data for historic/architectural survey files and for survey data entry for computerization of survey files.