News Staff Report
Alabama Humanities Foundation awarded Atmore Historical Society a CARES Act relief grant for $5,000, through funding made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Historical Society President Herb Hackman said the organization can certainly use the money to help expedite a couple of projects currently in the plans. He added, however, that AHS has not received guidelines yet as to how the money can be spent.
One of the projects is moving the train car from Rachel Patterson Elementary School to Heritage Park.
The other is work on Watson Cabin in Heritage Park. Remember the Alabama Bicentennial Exhibit that was in Atmore in May 2019? There were actually four exhibits, and one of them has been given to Atmore. Hackman said plans are to house the exhibit in the cabin, with parts of the exhibit perhaps located in other parts of the city.
The Humanities Foundation awarded 79 nonprofits in the state that have humanities as a significant part of their mission $507,500 in relief grants to help meet operational needs during the COVID-19 crisis.
After receiving funding from NEH, AHF began identifying needs in early May and conducted a two-week application process that saw 103 nonprofits around the state apply for $1.3 million in funding.
“This has been a difficult time for nonprofits throughout our state, and we were proud to play a role in supporting these organizations during this crisis,” said AHF Executive Director Lynn Clark.