News and Notes from the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office

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  • Historic Preservation News and Notes 
  • September 22, 2022 
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  • In this issue: 
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  • Call for Proposals for the 2023 South Carolina Historic Preservation Conference 
  • Job Openings at the SC Department of Archives and History 
  • Tax Credit Spotlight 
  • SC DNR Archaeology Program Story Maps 
  • Grant Writing Workshop 
  • Conferences / Workshops / Events 
  • Grant Application Deadlines  
  • Subscription Information 
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  • Call for Proposals for the 2023 South Carolina Historic Preservation Conference 
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  • We are currently accepting proposals for Educational Sessions for the 2023 conference to be held on April 28, 2023 at the SC Archives & History Center. Educational Sessions can cover a variety of topics and range in difficulty from “Preservation 101” to discussions of emerging issues. See the Call for Proposals for instructions on how to submit a proposal. Deadline is December 16, 2022. 
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  • Job Openings at the SC Department of Archives and History 
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  • The South Carolina Department of Archives and History is currently accepting applications through the state’s job website for an Archivist III (Special Media Archivist), Archivist IV (Review Coordinator for Transportation Projects), and Records Analyst I.  
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  • Tax Credit Spotlight 
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  • This month’s spotlight is a 3-story, masonry single house built around 1815 with alterations from 1957. The residence is a contributing resource to the Charleston Old and Historic National Register district. The scope of work included roof rehabilitation; exterior wall restoration such as wood siding, brick and stucco repairs; foundation repairs; repair and replacement in-kind of windows, doors and shutters; repairs to the piazza; attic insulation replacement; and interior wood-work trim repair and replacement in-kind; and landscaping work. Property owner, Virginia Marshall, described how the state income tax credit helped the rehabilitation: “I appreciate the tax credit very much – It’s tough to keep up a historic property and it’s nice to earn a tax credit to assist with the costs. I am glad I am fortunate enough to be able to do the rehabilitation… thus insuring my home will be around many more years.” This work preserved the historic character of the property and rehabilitated the structure for continued use as a residence. For more information about tax incentives for historic properties visit the SHPO’s Tax Incentives webpage. 
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  •  After rehabilitation exterior façade. Image courtesy of Meadors, Inc. 
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  • SC DNR Archaeology Program Story Maps 
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  • Explore the SCDNR Archaeology team’s latest story map Finding Pockoy. Forty centuries ago, South Carolina’s early coastal dwellers left their marks – some in monumental ways. Visit the StoryMaps page on the Heritage Trust Program website to explore other historic sites including Glimpses of the Past, on the history of Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve, The Tabby Wall on the history of Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve, and The Last Rice River about the transformation of nearly a quarter million acres on the state’s rivers for rice agriculture.  
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  • Grant Writing Workshop 
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  • The SC Humanities Council is offering a free grant writing workshop in Edgefield on October 12, 2022. Pre-registration is required to attend. For more information visit this SC Humanities webpage
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  • Conferences / Workshops & Training / Events 
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  • Preserving Historic Cemeteries Workshop, September 29, 2022, Columbia. The schedule and registration information is at this link. Questions? Contact Donna Foster at (803) 896-0339 or dfoster@scdah.sc.gov
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  • 2022 Research Symposium: Historic Cemeteries in Cultural Contexts, Local to Global, October 24-25, 2022, Clemson University. The Woodland Cemetery and African American Burial Ground Historic Preservation Project and the Legacy Council at Clemson University are organizing the 2nd annual Research Symposium featuring sessions from the public, professionals, scholars, and graduate students who are working to research, publicize, and/or memorialize historic cemeteries and burial grounds. For more information about the symposium click here
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  • Preservation North Carolina 2022 Annual Conference, October 27-28, 2022, Winston-Salem, NC. Registration is now open, for more information visit https://www.presnc.org/experience/conference/. Early-bird pricing ends September 30. Prices will increase October 1. Registration will close Wednesday, October 19. 
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  • PastForward National Preservation Conference, November 1-4, 2022, online. For more information visit the conference webpage.  
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  • Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, November 2-5, 2022, Memphis, TN.  
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  • Association for Preservation Technology International Annual Conference, November 7-12, 2022, Detroit, MI. Registration is now open for the APT annual conference which will feature educational and field sessions, exhibits and more. For more details visit the conference website.  
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  • NEW State Board of Review for the National Register of Historic Places Meeting, November 18, 2022, Columbia. For more information visit https://scdah.sc.gov/historic-preservation/programs/national-register/state-review-board. The draft nominations will be posted online two weeks prior to the meeting. 
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  • 4th Annual American Revolution Symposium, November 19, 2022, Columbia. Registration is now open for the symposium featuring talks on General Francis Marion, the Battle of Kings Mountain, examples of wartime heroism, and more. View Revolutionary War themed books, the exhibit “All Political Power is Vested in and Derived from the People”: The Constitutions of South Carolina, art work, and Francis Marion’s Pistol and Powder horn. Lunch is included. Please see the conference brochure for the complete schedule and fees. Questions? Contact Donna Foster, dfoster@scdah.sc.gov.  
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  • 9th Preservation Policy Forum: A Critical Examination of New Design in Historic Contexts, March 2023, Charleston. The Clemson University Graduate Program in Historic Preservation will be hosting the forum. More information is available here.  
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  • NEW National Council on Public History, April 12-15, 2023, Atlanta, GA. For more information visit the 2023 conference webpage. The call for poster proposals closes on October 7, 2022. 
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  • NEW Landmark Conference 2023, April 13-15, 2023, Florence.  Save the date for the next Landmark Conference, sponsored by the Confederation of SC Local Historical Societies. More information will be made available through the CSCLHS website and through periodic emails, http://www.csclhs.org/contact.html.  
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  • NEW South Carolina Historic Preservation Conference, April 28, 2023, Columbia. This one day event will feature a range of educational sessions on preservation, history, and research topics. The Call for Proposals for educational sessions is now open with a deadline of December 16, 2022. 
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  • Grant Application Deadlines 
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  • NEW September 30, 2022 Undiscovered SC Grant Program administered by the SC Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism is seeking applicants for this grant program to assist communities with the development of publicly owned tourism products and attractions to encourage visitation to South Carolina. More information about the grant is available on the SC PRT Recreation and Tourism Grants webpage
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  • October 1, 2022 T-Mobile Hometown Grants. Applications are now open for the T-Mobile Hometown Grants program, which will award 100 communities each year with project funding up to $50,000. Partnering with Main Street America and Smart Growth America the grants focus on revitalizing community spaces. For example, Abbeville is a recent recipient for a project to make ADA accessible upgrades for the Abbeville Civic Center. For more information visit https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/hometown-grants. Grant applications are due quarterly.  
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  • October 3, 2022 National Trust Preservation Funds. Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects and are awarded to nonprofit organizations and public agencies. The majority of funds are awarded to planning and education programs. Grants are awarded annually in three competitive rounds. For more information and to learn how to apply, visit https://savingplaces.org/grants#.XcBeJVVKjDA.4
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  • October 13, 2022 Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program. Administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, this is the first-ever program to help reconnect communities that were previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure. Funding supports planning grants and capital construction grants, as well as technical assistance, to restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure facilities. For more information visit https://www.transportation.gov/grants/reconnecting-communities.  
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  • November 8, 2022 African American Civil Rights (AACR) Grant Program. Administered by the National Park Service, the goal of the African American Civil Rights grant program is to preserve and protect sites associated with the struggle for equality from the transatlantic slave trade forward. AACR Grants fund a broad range of preservation projects including physical preservation of historic structures, National Register nominations, oral histories, education, pre-preservation planning, and more. Congress has appropriated $21.7 million for the program in FY2022. The AACR History grant opportunity number is P22AS00647. The AACR Preservation grant opportunity number is P22AS00648
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  • NEW November 9, 2022 The SC American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission (SC250) is now accepting applications for the FY 2022-2023 grants (see SC250 Grants Overview). This fiscal year, SC250 also officially launches the following competitive grant programs: (click on the grant type for details): Museum Style Panel Grants, Local Activities Grants, County Asset Assessment & Tourism Plan Grants, Research Grants, Publication Grants, Education Grants, Signage & Marker Grants, Site Grants: Planning, Acquisition, Development, and Renovation. All grants must be applied for through the Discover SC WebGrants program portal. Click here for step-by-step registration instructions. Competitive grants will be reviewed quarterly. Upcoming deadlines:  Q2: 11/9/22 at 3:00 PM, Q3: 2/9/23 at 3:00 PM, Q4: 5/9/23 at 3:00 PM. 
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  • NEW December 20, 2022 The National Park Service is now accepting applications for the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grant program. The SAT program provides preservation and conservation assistance to nationally significant historic sites and collections. $26.5 million will be competitively awarded. A dollar-for-dollar, non-Federal match, is required, this can be either cash or documented in-kind services. SAT is administered by the National Park Service (NPS) in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Preservation projects fund physical preservation of historic buildings, sites, structures, and objects. Collection projects include conservation of artifacts, museum collections, documents, sculptures, and works of art. Applications are due December 20, 2022. To apply for funding for Preservation projects go to opportunity number P22AS00432 To apply for funding for Collections projects go to opportunity number is P22AS00433 For more information about the SAT grant program: http://go.nps.gov/sat 
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  • Monthly, SC Humanities Council Mini Grants. SC Humanities awards Mini Grants to support public humanities programs of modest cost, with awards of $2,000 or less. Mini Grants are reviewed monthly with deadlines on the first business day of the month. For more information visit https://schumanities.org/grants/howtoapply/#minigrants.  
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  • Monthly, SC Humanities Council Planning Grants. SC Humanities awards Planning Grants to support preliminary work in designing a project that warrants detailed planning because of its length, scope, or cost. Awards are $2,000 or less. Planning Grants are reviewed monthly with deadlines on the first business day of the month. For more information visit https://schumanities.org/grants/howtoapply/#planninggrants.  
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  • Open for Applications, USDA – Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grants. This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area. Learn more & apply here
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  • Online sources of grant information: 
  • Historicfunding database 
  • National Park Service State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division  
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation Special Grant Funds 
  • Preservation Directory Grants & Funding Resources 
  • State Library Grants Research Assistance  
  • SC Grantmakers Network 
  • Federal grants Grants.gov 
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  • The South Carolina Department of Archives and History is an independent state agency whose mission is to preserve and promote the documentary and cultural heritage of the Palmetto State. The department houses one of the most comprehensive state archival collections in the nation, spanning more than 325 years of South Carolina history. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a program of the SCDAH, encourages and facilitates the responsible stewardship of South Carolina’s irreplaceable historic and prehistoric places. 
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  • The activity that is the subject of this publication has been financed in part with federal funds from the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Department of the Interior, and administered by the SCDAH. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of NPS or SCDAH. This program receives federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U. S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC 20240. 
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 Elizabeth M. Johnson Director, Historical Services, D-SHPO State Historic Preservation Office  SC Department of Archives & History  8301 Parklane Road  Columbia, SC 29223  Ph: 803.896.6168  Fax: 803.896.6167  https://scdah.sc.gov/historic-preservation     

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