Special to the Bulletin

HOUSTON — Rufus F. Hardin Museum Inc. has been awarded a $4,462 grant from the Fondren Endowed Fund of the National Trust for Historical Preservation.

The grant was announced June 27.

The seed grant will be used to fund in part the architecture development plan of the Hardin School Facility as a museum, which will house exhibit artifacts, photos, archival resources, publications and outline educational programs — reaching out as a community center to learn about history.

“With these startup dollars, Rufus F. Hardin Museum Inc., joins communities nationwide committed to preserving America’s architectural and cultural heritage and, in so doing, creating more livable communities,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historical Preservation.

The grant has been funded by a gift from the Fondren Foundation in Houston, which established the Fondren Endowed Preservation Fund for Texas. Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 are awarded to nonprofit groups and public agencies and must be matched dollar for dollar. The purpose of the fund is to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historical structures.

The National Trust for Historical Preservation, chartered by Congress in 1949, is a nonprofit organization with more than 270,000 members. As the leader of the national preservation movement, it is committed to saving American’s diverse historical environments and to preserving and revitalizing the livability of communities nationwide.