The Maries County Historical Society received funding from the US Federal Rescue Plan to recover lost revenue due to the COVID pandemic.
According to a press release, the HSMC submitted a claim several weeks ago for $ 3,500 in lost revenue due to the inability to organize fundraisers for the spring and fall craft shows. due to COVID restrictions. They were informed that the grant application was fully funded and that funds were expected to arrive within one month.
“Over the past few years, we have used fundraising money to make much-needed repairs to the buildings in the Old Prison Museum Complex,” said HSMC President Lisa Jones. “Our intention then was to focus on upgrading the HSMC research room at the Maries County Courthouse and securing archival storage for the invaluable documents, journals, photos and books stored there. .
“Unfortunately, COVID struck and we had to cancel our craft shows, which resulted in no additional income to make the necessary upgrades,” she added. “We are very grateful to have this unexpected funding from the grant; we can now start working over the next year to make sure the research room is more archival-wise and provides better access to our visitors.