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Wyo. SHPO gets preservation grant

The Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office in Cheyenne received a $25,500 Preserve America grant to educate communities about historic preservation and heritage tourism.

US Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., received the grant on behalf of Wyoming SHPO from First Lady Laura Bush and Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The grant will be used to provide one-day training sessions around the state that will focus on basic preservation education. For example, local preservation committee members will learn how to complete a National Register nomination, how to file for federal tax incentives and how to educate their city/county leaders. These training sessions will involve the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Wyoming Main Street Program, and other organizations with knowledge of preservation issues in the West.

Preserve America provides matching grants to assist communities with marketing, planning and educational efforts that strengthen regional identities and local pride, increase local participation in preserving cultural and natural heritage assets, and support economic vitality.

FMI: Mary Hopkins, SHPO, 307-777-6311.

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