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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 1999
CHILDREN’S SCIENCE CENTER GAINS SUPPORT FROM NATIONAL TRUST
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has received a $ 1,825 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The seed grant funds will be used to complete a Historic Structures Report of the Children’s Science Center located at 515 West Boulevard.
In announcing the grant, National Trust President, Richard Moe said, “ With these start- up dollars, Rapid City joins the hundreds of other communities across the country actively ensuring that America’s architectural and cultural heritage is preserved.”
“ Thanks to the grant we will be able to preserve the Halley Park Building as it was originally constructed,” said Julie Smoragiewicz, acting director of the Children’s Science Center. “ The historic architecture of the building will provide an excellent backdrop to learning about science and technology,” she added.
Designed by Rapid City architect Waldo J. W. Winter, the building was constructed by the Works Project Administration ( WPA) in 1936 and 1938 to house local and regional historical collections. The building is considered significant in the area of architecture because it is an excellent local example of the vernacular rustic style. The Halley Park Building was constructed of native limestone blocks and features exposed rafter ends, wrought- iron grills covering the windows, slate floors and large stone chimneys. It is truly unique within the city of Rapid City.
The program for dispensing small grants for local projects is administered by the National Trust’s Preservation Services Fund ( PSF), which holds three competitive funding rounds annually. Grants ranging from $ 500 to $ 5,000 are awarded to nonprofit groups and public agencies and must be matched at least dollar for dollar with public or private funds.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a nonprofit membership organization chartered by Congress to encourage public participation in all aspects of historic preservation.
For further information about the Children’s Science Center, and a list of upcoming events, call ( 605) 394- 6996, or visit the web site at www. hpcnet. org/ sdsmt/ childrens_ science_ center.
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