MDAH awards courthouse grant

From Press Reports


At its regular quarterly meeting in Jackson on Friday, the board of trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History awarded a grant of $500,000 for the Webster County Courthouse.

Built in 1915 the Webster County Courthouse was one of architect N.W. Overstreet’s first designs in Mississippi. On Jan. 17 of this year, an early-morning fire severely damaged the neoclassical structure.

A $500,000 Community Heritage Preservation Grant will fund the stabilization of the building’s walls and reconstruction of the roof. Members of the board of trustees are Kane Ditto, president; E. Jackson Garner, vice president; Reuben V. Anderson, Jackson; Nancy Carpenter, Columbus; Valencia Hall, Natchez; Betsey Hamilton, New Albany; Web Heidelberg, Hattiesburg; Hilda Cope Povall, Cleveland; and Roland Weeks, Biloxi.

MDAH is the second-oldest state department of archives and history in the United States. The department collects, preserves and provides access to the archival resources of the state, administers museums and historic sites, and oversees statewide programs for historic preservation, state and local government records management, and publications.