PIERRE — The Yankton United Church of Christ has received a matching grant from the South Dakota State Historical Society.

"This is the 21st year for this historic preservation grants program," said Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society. "In 2017 we awarded $123,869 between 10 projects which had matching funds of $292,993. The resulting total public-private investment is $416,862. This program is designed to encourage restoration or rehabilitation of historic properties and is one more way we can promote and protect our history and culture."

The grants are awarded through the State Historical Society’s Deadwood Fund grant program. Funding for the program is from Deadwood gaming revenue earmarked by state law for historic preservation projects throughout the state. The program is administered by the society’s State Historic Preservation Office at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

The Yankton United Church of Christ was awarded a $10,000 Deadwood Fund Grant to assist with stained glass window repair.

Built in 1905, the stone church was listed as a contributing property in the Yankton Historic District in 1975. The Gothic Revival style building was designed by architects Tumbull and Jones of Elgin, Illinois.

The following projects also recently received grants to supplement their work:

• Custer: 1881 Courthouse Museum, built 1880, $15,000 grant awarded for foundation repair and stabilization along with exterior rehabilitation, which includes the columns and balustrade on the porticos;

• Faulkton: Pickler Mansion, built 1882-1894, $20,000 for continued stabilization by repairing beams and floor joists;

• Mitchell: Mitchell National Bank, built 1907, $10,000 for roof repair; and

• St. Onge: Anderson-Ridley Barn, built 1902, $5,540 to repoint the barn walls.

These new recipients represent a total award amount of $60,540 and matching funds of $135,495. The total public-private investment is $196,035. These figures are reflected in the 2017 statistics above.

Deadwood Fund grants are awarded twice a year with grant application deadlines of Feb. 1 and Oct. 1. They are reviewed at the spring and winter meetings of the State Historical Society’s board of trustees. For more information on the Deadwood Fund grant program, contact the State Historic Preservation Office at the Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217; telephone (605) 773-3458; or website history.sd.gov/Preservation.

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