Mansfield, MO, Feb 10, 2011 -- A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to the Wilder Home Thursday, February 10, 2011. The Wilder Home was awarded a $200,000 Community Facility Grant by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and secured a $390,000 guaranteed loan through the Bank of Mansfield which will be used to construct a 6,000 square foot archival library. The historic Wilder Home also will benefit from the City of Mansfield receiving a Rural Business Enterprise Grant for $117,000 to extend public sewer services to the Wilder Home. When completed, the library project will allow for public exhibitions; storage, research and reading rooms for the local community, students and universities conducting historical research.
Jean Coday, President of the board of directors, expressed appreciation, “Our purpose is to preserve the home, writing and mementos of Laura Ingalls Wilder and allow children and adults the opportunity to visit and research her life and writings. We are thankful for the partnerships that have provided funding to allow for the construction of this archival library and exhibition facility. Many years from now, families will visit Rocky Ridge Farm to learn about rural Missouri life in the 1920’s and the Wilder family who lived there at the time. This will be largely made possible by the USDA, Rural Development; the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association and the City of Mansfield. All of us should be proud of this saved heritage and those who are making it possible.”
Janie Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development said, “Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials including U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt and U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson for making available federal monies for funding this kind of project providing essential services for the community.” Dunning added, “This kind of assistance mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission and President Obama’s initiative of being committed to the future of rural communities.”
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