The Richland County Conservation Commission recently was recognized by Gov. Nikki Haley as part of the state Historic Preservation Awards.
The county received the first-ever “preservation service award” given to acknowledge activities that contribute to historic preservation.
In 2006, the conservation commission created a competitive grants program to protect historic resources. Since then, 29 restoration and education projects have received $1.1 million in grants. The program is unique among local governments in South Carolina and demonstrates Richland County’s dedication to preserving the county’s heritage and educating future generations about its people, places and values.
The Historic Preservation Awards recognize exceptional accomplishments in the preservation, rehabilitation and interpretation of S.C.’s architectural and cultural heritage. The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the S.C. Department of Archives and History and the Office of the Governor sponsor the awards.