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Junior board awards 2012 grants

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June 19, 2012

The Milledgeville Chapter of the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Trustees has awarded more than $32,000 in grants to help preserve Middle Georgia historical sites.

Georgia College’s Matt Davis, coordinator of the junior board of trustees, has announced six grant recipients for 2012:

  • $10,000 to preserve the cow barn at Andalusia, Flannery O’Connor’s farm home;
  • $7,500 to preserve the Brown House of The Washington County Historical Society;
  • $3,340 to the Irby Hudson Scott Pioneer Site at Rock Eagle for construction and interpretation of outbuildings;
  • $940 to preserve Steffen Thomas Museum of Art’s exhibits, panels and historic textiles;
  • $822 to preserve Friends of the Cannonball House Inc.’s historic kitchen and slave quarters;
  • $3,921 to Georgia’s Old Capital Museum Society Inc. for exhibit development; and
  • $5,600 to Madison-Morgan Cultural Center for programming and exhibits.

“For 2012 the junior board made sure these sites received funding to preserve each of the their rich histories,” said Davis, curator of the Old Governor’s Mansion at Georgia College. “I’m proud of their dedication and determination to help maintain Middle Georgia’s history.”

The junior board is part of the Old Governor’s Mansion educational programming.

The board is patterned after the junior board of trustees of nonprofit organization Watson-Brown Foundation, which influences youth philanthropy.

Georgia College’s program included 10 high school students this year.

These students have an interest in historic preservation, are active in their communities, have strong references from teachers and maintain good academic standings.

This year’s board members include Anna Avant, Amaris Boone, Lily Edmonson and Mikayla Holmes, all of Milledgeville; Kate Long and Matthew Tyson, both of Macon; Leanna Harbor of Gordon; Taylar Massengale of Warthen; Emma Ochieng of Juliette; and Dustin Sammons of Tennille.

“I’m grateful to the Watson-Brown Foundation for their generous support of our junior board,” said Jim Turner, director of the Old Governor’s Mansion. “The board remains one of our most important educational outreach programs.”

During August, Davis will start recruiting new members to serve on next year’s junior board.

For more information about the program contact Matt Davis at 478-445-4545.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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