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Malden Walking Tour Brochure
State Gives $5,000 Grant To Print Documents
March 20, 2013

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West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin handed out $336,000 in historic preservation grants. The money went to 17 different projects across the state, many of which are in our area.

We're taking a look at where your money is going.

The projects range from roof repairs to replacing electrical systems to architectural surveys. The money comes from a development grant program administered by the state Historic Preservation Office of the Division of Culture and History.

Our first stop is just outside of Charleston, where $5,000 is going to local historian Larry Rowe to publish 12,000 copies of the Old Malden Walking Tour Brochure.

The document highlights the various points of interest in Malden, from the African Zion Baptist Church to the re-creation of Booker T. Washington's cabin and school.

Rowe said Malden is the birthplace of the state's salt industry and helped form the coal and timber industries. He also said Washington's presence here has significant historic value.

Rowe said helping people discover and remember that heritage is important work.

"We have an opportunity to preserve some of the buildings that come from the pre-Civil War era, 1835 to 1860," Rowe said. "And those buildings are here in Malden. And they're important that we preserve them and that we understand and value them. And the best way to do that is to make sure there are available materials for people that want to tour to be able to see those buildings and understand their importance."

Rowe said over the years he's distributed 20,000 copies of the Old Malden Walking Tour Brochure, which he paid for himself.

He said the new documents will include updated material and will be available in a few months.

There are several more grant projects we'll be taking a look at over the next few weeks to let you know where your money is being spent.




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