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Six historic preservation projects receive funding

Six eastern Idaho communities will receive a share of almost $163,000 in 2012 awards from the Idaho Heritage Trust.

Established in 1989 by the Idaho Centennial Commission, the trust is funded by the commission’s copyright on the red, white and blue Idaho license plate design.Those funds go into a permanent endowment fund to support the preservation of historic buildings, sites, and artifact collections across the state.

The Historic Old Pocatello Foundation was awarded $8,000 to help preserve the Chief Theatre sign.

A centennial refurbishing of the Fremont County Courthouse in St. Anthony also received $2,395.

The trust said another round of grants were funded with a $25,000 grant from the Steele-Reese Foundation for historic preservation projects in communities with population less than five thousand.

Included in those, the city of Victor received five thousand dollars to help renovate its Oregon Short Line and Union Pacific Depot.

The Shoshone Bannock Tribes’ Lincoln Creek Day School in Fort Hall and the Stanley Museum also received $5,000 each.

And, the Trust awarded $500 to the First Presbyterian Church in Malad to preserve an historic photo collection.

Other cash awards were scattered across the state.

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