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Rep. Haston announces $55K grant for Henderson Co. historic site

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Rep. Kirk Haston, R-Lobelville, today announced a $55,000 grant to the Doe Creek School Restoration Committee.

The funds are part of a larger $5 million appropriation approved by members of the General Assembly for the Tennessee State Museum in the 2023-24 state budget.

“As one of the last remaining one-room log schoolhouses in Tennessee, the Doe Creek School helps explain the history of education in our community and state,” Haston said. “These funds will help improve the facility and preserve the story it tells. I appreciate the Tennessee State Museum’s work in granting these funds.”

The funds must be used for building and land improvements, including structural changes and renovations.

Out of 170 applications totaling $12.5 million in requests, 108 museums across 58 counties were granted a total of $5 million in full or partial awards from the State Museum, according to Ashley Howell, the executive director of the Tennessee State Museum. 

The money was made available to 501(c)(3) nonprofits or museums affiliated with government entities through the Tennessee General Assembly’s 2023-24 Appropriations Act. Each request had a minimum of $5,000 in improvements and a maximum of $100,000. The projects covered by the grants have a completion deadline of June 30, 2024.

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