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Museum upgrade

USDA Rural Development will fund
renovations of Scott Co. museum

Staff Report

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.

Scott County Heritage Centerand Museum

File photo by Don Ward

The 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 visitor’s attendance increasing each year.
USDA Rural Development’s 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 USDA’s web site at: www.rurdev.usda.gov.

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