Museum receives grant to preserve Rammed Earth building

Brookings, SD December 6, 2016— The National Trust for Historic Preservation the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum was awarded a $ 5,000 grant by the from Lamont Fund for South Dakota. These grant funds will be used to prepare a conservation plan to preserve the H.H. DeLong Rammed Earth building.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Dr. Patty and Dr. DeLong built this building as part of their research on how to make buildings for livestock using materials easily available for farmers. Their research on the historic rammed earth construction became the foundation for contemporary rammed earth building construction around the world. One of the last remaining structures built by Dr. Ralph Patty and Dr. DeLong is on the South Dakota State University campus.

“This grant allows us to bring a world renowned architect from Australia that specializes in rammed earth construction and has studied our building for his own personal research to campus to develop a preservation plan. This construction method is so unique to this region, we needed someone with the expertise on how to repair and preserve the building,” stated Gwen McCausland, Director of the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum.

“Organizations like the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, help to ensure that communities and towns all across America retain their unique sense of place,” said Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We are honored to provide a grant to South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, which will use the funds to help preserve an important piece of our shared national heritage.”

Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds range from $2,500 to $5,000 and have provided over $15 million since 2003. These matching grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the country to support wide-ranging activities including consultant services for rehabilitating buildings, technical assistance for tourism that promotes historic resources, and the development of materials for education and outreach campaigns.

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