Archive Grants Awarded in Dyer, Hardeman and Madison Counties
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Secretary of State Tre Hargett would like to announce grants have been awarded to local archives in Dyer, Hardeman and Madison counties.
The grants are distributed through the Tennessee State Library and Archives to fund local archive development. The Dyer County Archives received a $4,500 archive development grant to purchase shelving and archival boxes. The Hardeman County Archives will use a $1,950 archive development grant to purchase archival folders and boxes.
“These are more than investments in archival supplies. These grants protect our state’s precious history while ensuring access to historical information for more Tennesseans than ever before,” said Secretary Hargett said. “I’m proud the Library and Archives plays such a vital role in ensuring limited state and federal dollars are used wisely in every corner of our state.”
“This is good news for the Hardeman County Archives who do an outstanding job in preserving local history. I know this grant will be put to good use enabling local citizens and future generations to access important documents and records about our communities, said Sen. Dolores R. Gresham (R-Somerville). “I also congratulate our local officials for their role in helping secure these funds.”
The Madison County Archives received a $5,200 archive development grant to purchase archive shelving and boxes.
“I am pleased these funds are available for this purpose. Many area citizens utilize the archives to research their heritage and learn more about the historical identity of our communities," said Sen. Ed Jackson (R-Jackson). “I am proud of our local officials for their work in securing these funds.”
In 2017, more than $95,000 in state funds is being awarded to develop and enhance 32 local archives.
“I am grateful to the Tennessee State Library and Archives for choosing our community to receive this important grant funding,” said Rep. Bill Sanderson (R-Kenton). “Local archives are extremely important to all of Tennessee and this money will help preserve the heritage and historical identity of our area for years to come.”
The Library and Archives is also awarding more than $300,000 in technology grants to 114 public libraries across Tennessee, which are funded by Tennessee state government and a federal agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
“This allocation to the Hardeman County and Madison County Archives is greatly needed and appreciated to keep our history alive and accessible,” said Rep. Johnny Shaw (D-Bolivar). “Thanks to Secretary of State Tre Hargett for helping facilitate this grant.”