MDAH grant helps fund museum repairs

BY LENA MITCHELL

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – A $33,000 grant to the Verandah-Curlee House Museum from the state Department of Archives and History will help fund some much-needed repairs to the national historic structure.

The museum has been open for tours by appointment only since late 2005 – both to save money and because of safety issues.

“What we're trying to do is get enough funds to do major renovations of the house which has deteriorated past few years; the roof, porch and eaves need attention very badly,” said museum board Treasurer Winston Whitfield.

The $33,000 will not go far with all the building needs, but the board hopes with a $5,000 grant from the Pierce Foundation and anticipated help from the city, which owns the museum, they'll acquire enough money to take care of the most urgent needs.

A group of the museum's docents are forming a Friends of the Verandah-Curlee House Museum foundation to raise money as a nonprofit group to support the museum, as well. Others have been working since 2004 to have the National Park Service enter into an arrangement whereby it would operate and maintain the Verandah-Curlee House Museum as it does the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.

“The issue has to be passed on by Congress, and the Department of the Interior has to agree and write the legislation, and that hasn't been done,” said Rosemary Williams, chairwoman of the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission.

“I'm going to Washington at the end of April to meet with our congressional representatives and let them know we're still interested in the arrangement. However, … it would be fall before something would happen.”

Contact Daily Journal staff Corinth bureau reporter Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com