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Mississippi Heritage Trust Recognizes 43 Outstanding Preservation Victories and Heroes

 Mississippi Heritage Trust Recognizes 43 Outstanding Preservation Victories and Heroes at 2018 Heritage Awards Celebration


It was standing room only on Thursday, June 7, as preservationists from around the state gathered at the historic Ocean Springs Community Center to celebrate 43 amazing achievements in historic preservation.  Presented by BankPlus, the Heritage Award featured the Mississippi Heritage Trust's symbolic magnolia as interpreted by noted Mississippi artist Anthony Difatta.  


From the breathtaking restoration of the Mississippi State Capitol to the moving explorations in film that are part of Blue Magnolia Films’ Celebrating Storytellers Bicentennial Project, this year’s awards recognized the hard work and commitment of many individuals, civic organizations, educational institutions and local, county and state governments to preserve the places that tell the story of Mississippi.  A special award presented this year honored the forty years of service by Ken P’Pool, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.  


Photographs and descriptions of Heritage Award recipients can be found here:


2018 Heritage Awards


Heritage Awards for Restoration

Columbus City Hall

Clarksdale Fire Station

Starkville Police Department

Bolivar County Courthouse, Cleveland

Madison County Courthouse, Canton

Pike County Courthouse, Holmesville

Hinds Community College, Administration Building, Raymond

Mississippi State University YMCA, Starkville

Millsaps Hotel Exterior Restoration, Hazlehurst

Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, Jackson

Dr. Gilbert R. Mason, Sr. Medical Office, Biloxi 

Rich Grain Distilling Co., Canton

Wier Boerner Allin Architecture, Jackson

Crosby Building, Canton

DANE Building, Canton

Merrill-Beasley House, Jackson

The Wierhouse, Brandon

Molly’s Place, Grenada

White Pillars, Biloxi

Wynne House Inn, Holly Springs

Fyke House, Jackson


Heritage Award for Archaeology

Moran Site, Biloxi


Heritage Awards for Education

The Mississippi Encyclopedia

Blue Magnolia Films-Emmett Till Fellowship Documentary Project

Blue Magnolia Films Celebrating Storytellers Bicentennial Project

The La Pointe-Krebs House Interpretive Museum, Pascagoula

Mississippi Department of Archives and History Two Mississippi Museums, Jackson

Biloxi Historic Cemetery Tour


Heritage Awards for Excellence in Stewardship

Mississippi State Hospital, Whitfield

Sedgewood Plantation, Canton


Heritage Awards for Catalyst Projects

Capitol Art Lofts, Jackson

Lofts at 517, Greenville


Heritage Awards for Organizational Achievement

Heritage Guild of Vicksburg and Warren County

Historic Ocean Springs Association


Mississippi Heritage Trust and Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Heritage Award for Excellence in Historic District Preservation

Mill Village Neighborhood Association, Tupelo


Heritage Award for Excellence in African American Preservation

Jackson State University Mt. Olive Cemetery Documentation and Preservation, Jackson


President’s Award for Outstanding Restoration

Mississippi State Capitol Exterior Restoration


Heritage Awards for Distinguished Service

Jessica Crawford

Dr. Scott Crawford

Liz Ford

Barbara Ray Kidd


Heritage Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy

Senator Thad Cochran


Libby and Al Hollingsworth Award

Ken P’Pool

Downtown Tupelo Main Street receives recognition for efforts

Downtown Main Street Association receives recognition for efforts


TUPELO – Since its creation more than 25 years ago, the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association has been helping to revitalize the downtown area, working with the city and the Convention & Visitors Bureau to attract more residents and visitors.


DTMSA’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, and it has been recognized or nominated for a variety of awards this year.

It is a semifinalist in the “Independent We Stand” competition for $25,000.


Independent We Stand supports main streets and small business owners across the country.


Among the cities Tupelo is vying against is Collierville, Tennessee, the closest Southern city in the competition.


“There are 25 entries right now and three from the Deep South,” DTMSA program associate Reagan Pepper said. “There were not too many competing from around here and we were actually one of the only ones from Mississippi to apply.”


DTMSA executive director Debbie Brangenberg said fundraising is critical to help pay for events like the annual Elvis Presley Festival.


“We are continually working on ways to diversify and eliminate as much risk as possible,” she said. “As with any nonprofit, fund raising is always a challenge. The bottom line of success for us all is community support.”


Winning awards – especially ones with monetary prizes – is one way to diversify the revenue stream.


“What I’ve gathered from Independent We Stand is that they see that main streets seem to give back to the community the most, so that’s where they have decided to invest,” Pepper said.


The contest is for who is America’s best main street and Pepper said people can vote for DTMSA to win the contest every 24 hours on social media until May 27. The results will be announced June 4.


Last month, the Tupelo CVB helped DTMSA secure an official “Southern Travel Treasure” award for the Tupelo Elvis Festival, from AAA Southern Traveler.


AAA Southern Traveler is the official travel publication for Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.


“They were doing an article on the Elvis Festival, and through that earned editorial piece, they awarded DTMSA for the Elvis Festival,” said CVB Public Relations and International Sales Director Jennie Bradford Curlee.


“It’s always exciting to have recognition for a signature event,” Curlee said. “USA Today does these types of lists and anytime you get on one of them, it’s another way to let people know what’s going on in your town. So when we get recognition like this, it helps further our story and gets heads in beds and people eating in our restaurants.”


DTMSA also was added to former HGTV home improvement host Bob Vila’s “America’s 50 Favorite Streets” list in May.


Team Cleveland Awards Facade Grants

Team Cleveland Awards Facade Grants

Mississippi Business Journal


Team Cleveland Main Street has awarded twelve $500 matching facade grants with money raised from Cleveland Bites Food Festival.


This is the fourth year Team Cleveland has offered facade grants. This year, the following businesses have been awarded grants: Neysa’s Fireside Shop, KAT, Rosson Co., and Langston Insurance Agency/Nationwide. Between these four projects, over $14,000 worth of work is being or has been done to improve business facades.


Over the last three years, Team Cleveland has provided facade grants for: Hey Joe’s, Ten Twenty Four, Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, The Wishing Well, H Squared Ladies Wear, The Starving Musician, Airport Grocery, Mosquito Burrito, Mississippi Grounds, Studio 230, Heidi’s, and the Bolivar County Annex.


Funds for the facade grant program are raised each year during Cleveland Bites Food Festival, which is an event held downtown that offers visitors a chance to try samples from area restaurants.


The Team Cleveland Facade Grant program is a competitive grant program and is open to all Team Cleveland members.

Mississippi Communities Receive 2018 National Main Street Accreditation

Mississippi Communities Receive 2018 National Main Street Accreditation
JACKSON, Miss. (May 2, 2018) -- The following Main Street communities in Mississippi have been designated as accredited Main Street America™ programs for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center and the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA):
Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Canton, Carthage/Leake County, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbus, Corinth, Crystal Springs, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, Houston, Indianola, Kosciusko, Laurel, Louisville/Noxapater, Meridian, New Albany, Ocean Springs, Okolona, Olive Branch, Pascagoula, Pass Christian, Philadelphia, Picayune, Pontotoc County, Port Gibson, Ripley, Saltillo, Senatobia, Starkville, Tunica, Tupelo, Vicksburg, Water Valley, West Point and Woodville.
Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.
"Receiving National Main Street accreditation is a prestigious designation and we congratulate each of these programs in Mississippi for this achievement," said Allison Beasley, MMSA Board President. "Main Street programs play a strategic role in making Mississippi more competitive by stimulating local, regional and statewide economic development."
“We are thrilled to honor this year’s 829 nationally accredited Main Street America programs for their commitment to preservation-based economic development and the revitalization of their commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “The power of Main Street shines across the country through these vibrant communities, who have all worked to generate impressive economic returns, preserve community character, and celebrate local history.” 
In addition, several Mississippi communities were recognized among the 299 Main Street America affiliate programs in recognition of their commitment to achieving meaningful improvements in downtowns and commercial districts across the country using the Main Street Approach™, including Byhalia, Charleston, Forest, Long Beach and Moss Point.

In 2017 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.48 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,211 net new businesses, generated 30,294 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,737 historic buildings, and clocked 2.7 million volunteer hours. 
MMSA staff evaluate each local Main Street organization’s performance annually and works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet the 10 performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

In 2017, Mississippi Main Street cities generated 325 net new businesses, 95 business expansions to existing businesses, 1,458 net new jobs, 109 facade rehabilitations and 86 downtown residential units. More than 50,337 volunteer hours were recorded. 
MMSA currently has 48 active Main Street programs throughout the state, five Downtown Network members, and numerous Association and Allied professional members. 

Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) has been improving the quality of life in Mississippi for more than 30 years by developing Mississippi's downtowns. Main Street is an economic development program based in historic preservation. The mission of the Mississippi Main Street Association is to provide visionary leadership, guidance and counsel to Mississippi Main Street communities through organization, promotion, design and economic development to make our cities and towns better places to work, live and play. Since 1993, MMSA has generated more than $5.2 billion in private and public investment (including nearly $1.3 billion in public investment), 36,996 net new jobs, 5,673 net new businesses, rehabilitated 3,298 buildings and added 2,921 downtown residential units. MMSA is a program of the National Main Street Center, with many public and private partners.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  

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