031319_PNN_Museum_Grant

The Georgia Department of Economic Development has awarded the city of Hiram a grant to help restore the 80-year-old Hiram Rosenwald School Museum on Ga. Hwy. 92. / Special

The Hiram Rosenwald School Museum will benefit after being among 14 projects a state agency approved to encourage development of tourism destinations statewide.

The city of Hiram received a grant of more than $3,800 for renovation and restoration of the museum on Ga. Hwy. 92.

Georgia Tourism, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, announced a total of more than $64,000 for the Hiram project and 13 others statewide.

Paulding residents have worked to restore the Hiram Rosenwald building and operate it as a black history museum and educational center for almost two decades.

The building was one of about 5,000 schools nationwide built with donations from Sears president Julian Rosenwald.

Rosenwald built the schools in the 1930s through 1950s to provide black students in rural areas better educational facilities during the era of segregation in U.S. public schools. Only about 200 of the buildings remain.

“New tourism product is what drives visitation to Georgia and the resource team grants help to get these projects off the ground,” said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

“We are thrilled to announce this new round of funding because these projects will create lasting economic growth for these communities by helping spur job creation, attract investment and provide residents with an improved quality of life.”

In an effort to support and encourage Georgia’s tourism entities to create new developments, Georgia Tourism offered the grant to communities who participated in the department’s Tourism Product Development Resource Team program.

The Tourism Product Development Resource Team program works to evaluate a community’s potential for tourism growth and development through innovative and unique experiences based on a community’s local culture and heritage, a news release stated.

The funding program supports projects a community has developed and allows the communities served to build new product from the recommendations made by a Tourism Product Development Resource Team.

The recommendations and financial support provided through this funding program is designed to spur tourism development activities at the local level that maintain and create jobs, attract tourists, and enhance the visitor experience, the release stated.

Others recipients of grants from the 2019 Tourism Product Development Funding Program included projects in the cities of Fort Oglethorpe, Brunswick, Dublin, Plains, Toccoa, Newnan, Stockbridge, Ringgold and Thomaston; and Marion, Oconee, Charlton and Seminole counties.

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