Thursday, January 19, 2006

State to Release Old Slave House Funding?

Got a call today from Springfield. Great news for the Old Slave House.

It appears that the officials from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Capital Development Board will be in Gallatin County next week for a big announcement.

The big media shindig is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Old Slave House outside of Equality.

It looks like the governor's office is finally releasing funds secured through the efforts of state Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, in last yeart's budget.

The amount is $150,000 to be spent on a historic structures report which is where they bring in the architects to study the physical history of the site and look at any structural issues that need to be addressed.

Obviously there's more to it than that, but that's the best information I have at the present.

The next step is the one that Open it NOW! Friends of the Old Slave House has been calling for, either secure operating funds for the site, or turn it over to a new regional non-profit group to operate.

Wednesday's announcement won't reopen the site, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.

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