Grants to Help Preserve Historic Illinois Structures

CHICAGO (AP) – A nearly 100-year-old Chicago church and a southern Illinois structure that was once part of the Underground Railroad are among projects receiving grants to help generate interest and support for preservation projects.

Illinois landmarks announced awards totaling $ 35,000 for 14 projects in historic and significant places across the state. Grants range from $ 1,000 to $ 4,000 and require the recipient to raise funds equal to or greater than the amount of the grant. This process often helps to stimulate interest in preservation efforts and raise funds for projects, officials said.

Several historic churches are among the recipients. They include the Ward Chapel AME Church in Cairo, which was built in 1874 and was once part of the Underground Railroad; Stone Temple Baptist Church in Chicago, a nearly 100-year-old structure with water damage to floors and walls, and Zion United Church of Christ in Waterloo, which is located along the Kaskaskia Trail, one of the most old Illinois trade routes.

In Waterloo, the money will be used to repair the steeple of the church, which was built in 1884 by German immigrants.

Other projects are located in Carmi, Chicago, Freeport, Jacksonville, Rockford, Richmond, Trout Valley and Washington.

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