Kennard Alumni Association receives Historic Preservation grant
CENTREVILLE — The Kennard Alumni Association was awarded a $10,000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Bartus Trew Providence Preservation Fund, the grant was awarded in August of this year.
The Kennard Alumni Association sought to secure funding to assist with the development, design, and installation of exhibits for the Kennard High School Cultural Heritage Center and African American History Museum, said Clayton Washington, President of the Kennard Alumni Association. The museum will chronicle African American life at the school, in the county, and in the nation during the time line of the school’s existence, 1935 – 1966.
That life will center on African American contributions and accomplishments under the themes of; Education, Occupational, Military, and Historical context, says Washington. The museum will include a myriad of display modes, including; a period classroom setting, audio and video recorded histories of school attendees and community members, text and pictorial panels and displays, display cases of artifacts and displayed occupational and military clothing and equipment. Design and planning consultation projected to be completed this year, with installation of permanent exhibit to be completed by late winter, early spring, 2017. The restored high school and museum will provide a window into the rich history and heritage of African American culture on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
“Organizations like Kennard Alumni Association, help to ensure that communities and towns all across America retain their unique sense of place,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We are honored to provide a grant to Kennard Alumni, which will use the funds to help preserve an important piece of our shared national heritage.”
Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds range from $2,500 to $5,000 and have provided over $15 million since 2003. These matching grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the country to support wide-ranging activities including consultant services for rehabilitating buildings, technical assistance for tourism that promotes historic resources, and the development of materials for education and outreach campaigns.
For more information on National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Fund grants, visit: www.PreservationNation. org/funding
For more information on Kennard Alumni, visit www. kennardalumni.com, follow Kennard Alumni on Facebook or contact President Clay Washington at 443239-2110
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