Weld projects among those funded by state history fund

WELD COUNTY — Three Weld County projects are among those to receive grants from the History Colorado State Historical Fund, which awarded more than $4.5 million in its second round of general grants for 2022.

The grants focus on protecting the cultural heritage of communities, particularly communities of color in rural parts of the state.

“The State Historical Fund continues to push forward with ensuring preservation efforts better represent the diverse makeup of the Centennial State,” Patrick Eidman, chief preservation officer and deputy state historic preservation officer, said in a press statement.  “These grants truly are a manifestation of History Colorado’s dedication to investing in the prosperity of rural communities, expanding the diversity of histories being preserved, and promoting the creation of a more diverse workforce to lead preservation efforts in the future.”

With this round of grants, the fund has awarded a total of $6.8 million for preservation work in 2022. Most of the grants in this round support the acquisition and development of historical places but projects range from the rehabilitation of buildings to funding a preservation conference. 

A complete list of projects funded in this round of grants can be found here. Those in Weld County are:

  • Johnstown Historical Society Ltd. — retaining wall reconstruction at Harvey J. Parish House/Parish House Museum, $132,145.
  • Friends of Raymer Inc. — structural stabilization at Truax & Kruger Grocery/Seldin’s Cash Grocery, $191,357.
  • Colorado Preservation Inc. — interior and exterior rehabilitation, Slayton Ranch/Briggsdale Work Center, $250,000.

Source: BizWest

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