The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN) recently announced that it has successfully been awarded three grants that it applied for. The organization will receive $10,000 from the Cane River National Heritage Area (CRNHA) as a matching grant to help repair the damages from Hurricanes Laura and Delta. This money will go towards fixing the windows in the Big House dormers and the Bindery, as well as the roof of Yucca House.
APHN also received a Louisiana Culture Care Fund grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH). This grant is for $10,000 and is meant to help organizations recover from the financial losses of the pandemic by providing money for operational costs. This money will help cover employee salaries and utilities. Funding for Louisiana Culture Care Fund grants has been administered by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) and provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) initiative.
In other news, Melrose Plantation is now open 5 days a week, Thursday through Monday. The site is open 10 am – 4 pm. Guided tours are offered ($15 adults, $5 students) at quarter past every hour; first tour at 10:15 am and last tour at 3:15 pm. Admission to the grounds is $5. The Bindery gift shop is also open during the same hours.
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