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Norman School receives grant

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Montgomery HPRGLITTLE ROCK— Supporters of the Old Norman High School have made a giant leap toward their goal of making the facility accessible by everyone thanks to a grant from the  Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.
The Norman Historic Preservation Group was awarded a $20,000 Historic Preservation Restoration Grant to make the high school facility accessible to people with disabilities. The building, which was constructed in 1924, has become a focal point for the community as alumni, friends and family work to restore the building. It is used in the community for a variety of activities. It also houses a museum which preserves memories of the school’s history, as well as life in Norman from bygone years.
Handicap accessible ramps have been a primary concern for the Norman school and the grant funds offer much needed assistance in completing the project.
They were one of several local groups to receive assistance from the program. Projects in 54 counties were awarded a total of $2,842,862 in grants. They were one of 32 projects to receive the Historic Preservation Restoration Grants (HPRG), which distribute funds raised through the Real Estate Transfer Tax to rehabilitate buildings listed on the Arkansas or National Registers of Historic Places and owned by local governments or not-for-profit organizations.
Other HPRG recipients, the amount of their grants, and the properties to be restored, were American Legion Post #61, $11,260 to restore the roof, windows and doors at Estes-Williams American Legion Hut #61 at Yellville; Bradley County Chamber of Commerce, $59,602 to restore the roof at the Warren & Ouachita Valley Railway Station in Warren; Cato Historic Church and Cemetery, Inc., $7,942 to restore monuments at Frenchman’s Mountain Cemetery in Cato; Central Arkansas Sphynx Foundation, $13,992 for restoration work at the Bush-Dubisson House in Little Rock; City of Conway, $9,999 for monument restoration at Oak Grove Cemetery; City of Little Rock, $50,000 for restoration work on the Herschell-Spillman Carousel; City of Hope, $20,000 for restoration work at the Hope Girl Scout Little House; City of Mulberry, $13,913 for second-floor restoration at the Bryant-Lasater House; City of North Little Rock, $40,500 for a master plan and restoration work on the U.S.S. Hoga and $18,348 for repointing at the Park Hill Water Company Historic District; City of Texarkana, $33,170 for restoration work at the Texarkana Municipal Building; Dana’s House, Inc., $50,391 for window restoration at the United Methodist Church in DeWitt; Eureka Springs Historical Museum, $18,800 for wood restoration at the Samuel Calif Building; First Lutheran Church, $127,000 for roof restoration at the Welch-Cherry House; First United Methodist Church, $28,930 for masonry restoration at the First United Methodist Church in Hamburg; Hill Family Living Trust, $10,000 for façade restoration on the building at 304 South Main Street in Rector; John and Julieanna Brandenberger, $10,000 for exterior restoration at the W.H. Vaughan Cottage in Little Rock; City of Mountain View, $87,128 for restoration work at the Mountain View Waterworks; Little River County Training School Alumni Association, $28,000 for roof restoration at the Little River County Training School Home Ec Building in Ashdown; St. James Episcopal Church, $17,905 for roof restoration at the Cromer School in Eureka Springs; Logan County, $31,000 for exterior restoration of the Old Logan County Jail; Michael Berry, $10,000 to restore the roof configuration at 210 Fountain Avenue in Little Rock; Mount Holly Cemetery Association, $25,000 for wall restoration at Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock; Legacy Initiatives, $56,712 to complete exterior restoration of the Hayes Hardware Building in De Queen; Mount Zion Baptist Church, $49,166 for roof restoration at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Brinkley; Nevada County Industrial Development and Charitable Foundation, $9,916 for restoration work at Moscow Cemetery at Prescott; Old Bethel Cemetery Association, Inc., $7,980 for survey and monument restoration at Bethel Cemetery at Black Rock; P.H.O.E.B.E., $52,000 for roof restoration at the John Lee Webb House in Hot Springs; Shady Grove Delmar Historical Property Association, $36,333 for restoration work at the Shady Grove Church and School; Evergreen Cemetery Association, $9,999 for monument restoration at Evergreen Cemetery in Fayetteville, and West Central Arkansas Economic Development Services, Inc., $13,083 for masonry restoration at the building at 1000 Central Avenue in Hot Springs.
For more information on the AHPP’s grant programs, write the agency at 323 Center St., Suite 1500, Little Rock, AR 72201, call the agency at (501) 324-9880 [TDD 501-324-9811], send e-mail to info@arkansaspreservation.org or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org.
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Historic Arkansas Museum.