Rural Development will fund
renovations of Scott Co. museum
SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (March 2007) USDA Rural Development
will contribute to the second phase of renovations to the Scott County
Heritage Center and Museum through a Community Facilities Program $50,000
grant and $386,575 loan. The renovations include second floor improvements,
installation of an elevator, parking lot paving and landscaping.
photo by Don Ward
Scott County Heritage Center and
Museum was placed on the National
Register of Historic places in 2000.
The Scott County Heritage Center and Museum formerly functioned
as the Scott County Home for the needy. Constructed in 1892, this brick
structure replaced the old wooden asylums for the paupers.
The county home was established under the 1816 Constitutional provision
and Indiana law of 1831 that authorized counties to support and accommodate
the poor. The county home closed in 1973.
With these funds, this historic site will be able to maintain
its originality and will be enjoyed by visitors for years, said
USDA Rural Development State Director Robert White.
Billy Comer, president of the Preservation Alliance Inc., noted, We
wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to USDA Rural Development
for their support in completing the renovation of this historic building.
It is through the support of USDA and a number of other organizations
and individuals that the Museum continues to grow and thrive thereby
preserving the rural heritage of our community and serving the citizens
of Scott County and visitors to the area.
These grants are in keeping with the mission of USDA Rural Development
which is to provide equity and technical assistance to finance and foster
growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community
and technology infrastructure, said White. USDA Rural Development
is committed to improving the quality of life in rural Indiana. When
rural Indiana makes progress, all of Indiana benefits.
The Scott County Heritage Center and Museum was placed on the National
Register of Historic Places in 2000. It hosts local traveling exhibits
with visitors attendance increasing each year.
USDA Rural Developments mission is to increase economic opportunity
and improve the quality of life in rural communities. As a venture capital
entity, Rural Development has invested over $72 billion since the beginning
of the Bush Administration to provide equity and technical assistance
to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development,
and critical community and technology infrastructure. More than 1.5
million jobs have been created or saved through these investments.
Further information on rural programs is available
at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDAs
web site at: www.rurdev.usda.gov.
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