Kennard Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion re­ceives His­toric Preser­va­tion grant

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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

Beams go up in Cen­tre­ville

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

The new Cir­cuit Court­house project un­der­way in Cen­tre­ville en­tered a new phase on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 14, as con­struc­tion crews be­gan plac­ing beams on the prop­erty.

CON­TRIB­UTED

From left: Para­medic Amanda Clark, Lori Yates of the Su­san G. Komen Foun­da­tion and EMT Casey Amos.

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