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Milledgeville Junior Board for Historic Preservation announces board members, expands mission

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POSTED: December 6, 2007
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Milledgeville Junior Board for Historic Preservation announces board members, expands mission

large photo The Milledgeville Junior Board of Historic Preservation has selected its officers and members for its second year of operation: President Sydney McRee of Milledgeville; Vice President Taylor Pounds of Sparta; Secretary Taylor-Rebecca Smith of Milledgeville; Parliamentarian Judson Simmons of Milledgeville; Historian Andrew Sheppard of Eatonton; Morgan Erdman of Gordon; Jacob Pounds and April Lawson, both of Sparta; and Megan Gillis, Caitlin McNeill, and Ruskin Seabrook, all of Milledgeville.

The board functions as part of the educational programming at the Old Governor's Mansion, a unit of Georgia College & State University.

The junior board is made up of high school students who demonstrate a passion for historic preservation, are active in the community, have good academic standing and have strong references from teachers.

The junior board has expanded its mission to include an 11-county middle Georgia area: Baldwin, Putnam, Morgan, Jasper, Hancock, Monroe, Jones, Washington, Bibb, Wilkinson and Twiggs.

The Milledgeville Junior Board for Historic Preservation was established in October 2006 through a $35,000 grant by the Watson-Brown Foundation, with $10,000 for operations and $25,000 allocated to fund preservation projects selected and approved by the board. The grant is renewable on a yearly basis.

The inaugural junior board awarded $25,000 o fund preservation projects in Milledgeville and surrounding communities.
• $5,000 to the Gordon Cemetery to restore grave markers
• $8,500 to Andalusia to restore a pump house
• $4,000 to Scott Plantation at Rock Eagle to create a well exhibit
• $4,000 to the Sandersville Cemetery to restore their cradle graves
• $3,500 to Jones County Educational Museum to build exhibits

The junior board is patterned after the junior board of trustees of the Watson-Brown Foundation.
The Old Governor's Mansion is a part of Extended University at Georgia College & State University, a unit of the university's Academic Affairs Division.

For more information about this program contact Matt Davis, assistant curator of education and coordinator of the Junior Board project at (478) 445-4545.

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For more information, contact Judy Bailey in University Communications at (478) 445-4477.