Illinois Historic Preservation Group Awards $17,000 in Grants | Pennsylvania News

CHICAGO, AP — A historic preservation group is awarding $17,000 in grants to projects across Illinois, including the restoration of a 1920s post office and a virtual reality experience at a site that was once a Underground Railroad stop.

Landmarks Illinois announced that the New Philadelphia Association of Pike County will receive a matching grant of $3,500 to be used for its virtual reality program. The New Philadelphia Historic Site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, honors the first city plated and recorded by a black man before the Civil War. Frank McWorter landscaped the property in 1836 and sold lots around town to buy children and grandchildren who were still enslaved in Kentucky.

Other grant recipients include the Morgan County Historical Society, which receives $2,500 to restore the windows of the old Jacksonville Post Office. The building, which served as the main post office for 50 years, is being restored to become the home of the Jacksonville Area Museum.

The Wood Dale Historical Society is receiving $2,500 to repair the roof of the Rosenwinkel Barn, a wooden barn that is the oldest structure in DuPage County. Blackwell-Israel Samuel AME Zion Church in Chicago, the City of Lockport and Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley in St. Charles also received grants.

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