The Friends of Arrow Rock have been awarded $25,000 to fund the preparation of historic structure reports on five of their properties.

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Press Release from the Friends of Arrow Rock, Inc.

Arrow Rock, Missouri. January 4, 2011.  The Friends of Arrow Rock Inc. has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Jeffris Heartland Fund. The seed money is a matching grant for preparing Historic Structure Reports on five 19th century Arrow Rock properties:  The Miller-Bradford House, the I.O.O.F. Lodge Hall, the Masonic Lodge Hall and the John P. Sites House and Gun Shop. 
 
The historic structure reports will provide full condition assessments of the properties including the sites, structures, interiors, exteriors, mechanical systems, electrical systems as well as research and analysis of the historical significance of the property.  Historic Structure Reports are considered the most comprehensive planning documents of their kind and will guide the Friends in preserving and developing the properties long-term.
 
“This effort is a huge step forward in fulfilling the strategic priority of creating a master plan for preserving and interpreting the Friends’ properties,” said Friends president Tom Hall. “These detailed reports will be some of the most important documents in the 51-year history of the Friends of Arrow Rock, so we are extremely grateful to the Jeffris Heartland Fund for making this project possible.”
 
“Funding made possible by the Jeffris Family Foundation for the Jeffris Heartland Fund will help towns across the Midwest preserve the historic places that have anchored their communities for generations,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  “At a time when the national economy is experiencing profound challenges, funding from sources like the Jeffris Family Foundation is especially critical to ensure that the historic fabric of our smaller towns is not lost forever.”
 
For over ten years, the Jeffris Family Foundation has served as a catalyst to community support for historic preservation by making capital challenge grants to community-based projects in Wisconsin.  In 2008, the Jeffris Heartland Fund was established to expand its scope to the entire Midwest, including the states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.  Grants are awarded to nonprofit groups and public agencies, with priority going to projects in smaller cities and towns where funding sources are typically more limited. 
 
About the Friends of Arrow Rock, Inc. 
Founded in 1959, the mission of the Friends of Arrow Rock (www.FriendsAR.org) is to share the Missouri frontier experience.  As stewards of its history, the Friends of Arrow Rock safeguards the memories of the village by preserving thirteen of its buildings many furnished with period artifacts.  Through exhibits and educational programs, the Friends convey the history of the area to children and adults grounding them in the past to prepare them for the future.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.