Contact: Rachel Bacon
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation, Office has awarded a $12,200 grant to the City's Historic Preservation Commission to hire a consultant to produce a three-day intensive and hands-on educational workshop on historic preservation. The state will fund $7,320 of the project costs.
Historic Preservation Commissioner Douglas Jones, who worked with City staff to write the grant, stated: "The Columbia Historic Preservation Commission is excited for the opportunity to bring training to our community that will help owners of older and historic properties understand how to care for their homes and buildings. Our goal is to help people see how practical it is to maintain older structures. This type of maintenance not only promotes sustainability, but can also help improve energy efficiency, and is a cost-effective alternative to replacement. We want owners of older homes and buildings to know that maintaining their property doesn't have to be intimidating if you know a few simple skills. The goal of the workshops will be to equip people with these skills."
The target completion date for this project is fall 2014. The workshops will be open to the public on a first-come, first serve basis and dates will be announced in the summer. For more information, please contact the City of Columbia's Community Development Department at 573.874.7239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.