Stone Church awarded $10,000 grant

COURTESY PHOTO The Dakotaland Museum Board of Directors accepted a $10,000 Outside-of-Deadwood grant from the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission for The Centennial Stone Church Center, which will soon house the Gladys Pyle Archives. Members on hand for the presentation include, from left; Louise Van Poll, Executive Director; Jean Kouch; Rex Sawvell; Doug Ramsell, Beadle County liaison; Scott Cordts, State Fair liaison; Jenny Sorben, Secretary; Holly Hohm, President; and Drew Weinreiss, City of Huron liaison. Present but not pictured was Jennifer Littlefield.

HURON — The Dakotaland Museum Inc. was awarded an Outside-of-Deadwood Grant for $10,000.00 to be used for the Centennial Stone Church.

“Funds typically do not exceed $10,000.00, so we were awarded the full amount we requested,” said Louise Van Poll, Executive Director of Museums. “The Stone Church was eligible for this grant because we are going to be housing the Gladys Pyle archives here.”

Van Poll explained that the sunlight at the Pyle House is very detrimental to archival materials. The museum will be moving Pyle’s personal papers, diaries, books, and photos, along with household records such as the original building blueprints and materials price list, over to the newly outfitted archives room at the Stone Church.

“This has been a very exciting year for the old stone church,” said Van Poll. “Now that the roof has been replaced, work will begin on the next project, which is the installation of a wheelchair ramp, in November. And our plans also include replacing the carpet after the new year.”

Since 2002 the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission has helped promote the preservation and interpretation of historic sites, buildings, and properties throughout the state with the Outside-of-Deadwood Grant program. The program, which awards up to $100,000 each year, stimulates quality restoration, protection, and interpretation of buildings, sites, and properties that contribute to an understanding of Deadwood’s unique history. This total now exceeds $3.8 million dollars distributed throughout South Dakota.

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