For Immediate Release
March 30, 2018
Wisconsin Historical Society Awarded Historic Preservation Grant to City of New Berlin
New Berlin, Wis. – The Wisconsin Historical Society has awarded the City of New Berlin with a $16,500 historic preservation grant to conduct an intensive survey of historic properties in the city. These Certified Local Government subgrants are part of a federal program administered by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
“The Society’s historic preservation program supports the work of local governments to educate their citizens about their past, identify and document their historic properties, assist in their preservation and provide economic assistance through grants and historic tax credits,” said Jim Draeger, State Historic Preservation Officer at the Wisconsin Historical Society.
These funds will be used to conduct an intensive survey of historic properties in the New Berlin community to support the city’s continuing historic preservation efforts. The project will identify and document important properties that may benefit from economic and technical assistance provided through the Society’s historic preservation program. The information from the survey will aid property owners, promote economic development and reinvestment, support historic tourism and provide the city with information to assist future planning for the preservation of these irreplaceable resources.
“The City of New Berlin has a rich history and is dedicated to rescuing, recording, and preserving New Berlin history,” said David Ament, Mayor of New Berlin. “We are extremely proud of the work of the New Berlin Landmarks Commission for their efforts to help people connect to the past by identifying and preserving historic structures and for applying for and being awarded the historic preservation grant by the Wisconsin Historical Society to conduct an intensive survey of historic properties in New Berlin.”
The Society’s historic preservation program also helps preserve places of enduring value by administering the state and national register programs and providing an array of technical assistance. Only units of government with approved historic preservation programs are eligible for these subgrants.
“The project will identify and document important properties that may benefit from economic and technical assistance provided through the Society’s historic preservation program,” continued Ament. “Working in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society and the New Berlin Historical Society, the New Berlin Landmarks Commission has successfully rescued and preserved numerous structures, artifacts, family histories, photographs and many other materials for the enjoyment and education of the public about New Berlin and Wisconsin’s History.”
To learn more visit wisconsinhistory.org/hp.
About the Wisconsin Historical Society
The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society serves millions of people every year through a wide range of sites, programs and services. For more information, visit wisconsinhistory.org.