News Release 492

Gov. Nixon announces that Ste. Genevieve will receive federal grants for historic preservation project

Volume 37-492 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., DEC. 17, 2009—Gov. Jay Nixon announced today that the city of Ste. Genevieve, a Certified Local Government, will receive two grants totaling $26,211 through the federal Historic Preservation Fund.

A $20,000 grant will be used to repair the roof and steps on the Bequette-Ribault House and a $6,211 grant will be used to replace the roof on the Moses Austin House. Both properties are contributing buildings in the Sainte Genevieve National Historic District. The Bequette-Ribault House is nationally known as one of only five poteaux en terre structures that remain in North America.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants, known as the Historic Preservation Fund, to assist the various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and in Missouri, is administered through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' State Historic Preservation Office.

Under changes made to the act in 1980, each state is required to earmark a minimum of 10 percent of its Historic Preservation Fund monies for exclusive use by Certified Local Governments. CLGs are communities that have established, under their local government, a historic preservation program that meets certain standards set by the state and the NPS. Local governments that maintain CLG status are considered to be partners with the SHPO and the NPS in the nation's historic preservation program. Missouri currently has 48 local governments that have attained CLG status.

Grant applications were solicited from CLGs for development projects supporting Missouri's historic resources that have been certified as being of national significance. The grants were awarded based on a competitive scoring process and the direct relation of the projects to the identification, evaluation or protection of historical, architectural or archaeological resources. Grant-funded projects must pertain to the accomplishment of the State Historic Preservation Officer's responsibilities as outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, must be carried out in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's "Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation" and must meet requirements of the National Register Programs Guideline (NPS-49).

For more information about the CLG program, visit the department's SHPO website at or contact Jo Ann Radetic at 573-522-2473 or email