$30,000 in emergency funds available to stabilize storm-damaged historic properties

For immediate release April 28, 2006



Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa announced today it is making $30,000 available for emergency stabilization of historic properties damaged by high winds and tornados earlier this month in eastern Iowa.

The funds, from SHSI’s Historic Resource Development Program (HRDP), will be available immediately to applicants. HRDP is funded through the Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP) program, enacted in 1989. These emergency reimbursement grants assist Iowans in stabilizing historic properties in Iowa.

“We have limited emergency funds that will be used to protect historic structures from continued exposure and damage to the elements,” said Anita Walker, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, which oversees SHSI. “We know emergency funds are not enough to bridge the gap between insurance settlements and the costs of fully restoring structures in accord with professional historical preservation standards. But historic properties that suffered storm damage need to be enclosed and protected from the elements so their historic integrity can eventually be restored.”

SHSI is working in conjunction with Iowa City and other eastern Iowa officials as they survey and assess damages to historic properties. SHSI staff provides technical assistance and historic preservation expertise throughout the state.

Owners of properties listed on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places are encouraged to contact Kathy Gourley for HRDP application information at kathy.gourley@iowa.gov or 515-281-6913.

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. More information about SHSI is available at www.iowahistory.org.


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