MISSOURI CIVIL WAR MUSEUM RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

The Missouri Civil War Museum was awarded a $2,100 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation.  The seed grant funds will be used to help support the costs of architectural drawings needed for the final phase of the museum building’s restoration, including handicap accessibility and public restrooms. 

In announcing the grant, National Trust for Historic Preservation Acting President David Brown said, “With these funds, the Missouri Civil War Museum joins the National Trust for Historic Preservation and hundreds of other communities and organizations across the country actively working to protect and preserve the important places that tell the story of America.”

The Missouri Civil War Museum is restoring the historic 1905 Post Exchange Building at the Jefferson Barracks Historic Site to create a new adaptive reuse as a museum and library educational complex.  The building has been abandoned since 1946 and suffered from decades of neglect.  Restoration work began in 2003 and the museum is now 70 percent complete. 

Copies of the original blueprint drawings from 1903 were used to guide the first phase of the historic restoration.  The modern architectural drawings will be used to plan and build the necessary acommodations for modern code compliance such as handicap accessibility and utilities for the final phase of the building restoration to prepare it for opening to the public. 

“We are very appreciative of the support from the National Trust for Historic Preservation,” said Mark Trout, chairman of the Missouri Civil War Museum.  “It means a great deal to us that a nationwide organization such as the National Trust believes in our project and supports our efforts. Their support will help us keep the project moving forward.”         

The National Trust for Historic Preservation dispenses small grants for local projects through the National Trust Preservation Funds grant program. The grants range from $500 to $5,000 and have provided over $5.5 million dollars of funding since 2002.  They are awarded to nonprofit groups, educational institutions and public agencies, and must be matched, at least dollar for dollar, with public or private funds.  Preservation Funds grants are being used nationally for such wide-ranging activities as consultant services for rehabilitating buildings, technical assistance for tourism that promotes historic resources and educating children about their heritage.  These grants are often the deciding factor on whether historic buildings or sites can be saved for future generations. 

For more information on National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Fund grants, visit www.PreservationNation.org/resources/find-funding/grants/.

For more information about the Missouri Civil War Museum, please visit www.mcwm.org.

About the Missouri Civil War Museum
The Missouri Civil War Museum is a not-for-profit educational institution located at the Jefferson Barracks Historic Site in St. Louis County.  The organization was formed in 2002 to save the historic Jefferson Barracks 1905 Post Exchange Building and convert it into what will become Missouri’s largest Civil War museum, library, and educational center.  The purpose of the Missouri Civil War Museum is to educate the public about the history of the American Civil War and its relevance to the state of Missouri.  The museum already has a collection of hundreds of artifacts and thousands books available for its opening.  Pending progress on fundraising, the museum is scheduled to open in 2011, the start of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. 

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them.  By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability.  With headquarters in Washington, DC, nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.

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