Program Authorization: R.S. 25; 33; 36; 41; 47; 49; P.L. 89-665
Louisiana has a rich and living cultural heritage. The Cultural Heritage Program by its mission identifies, preserves, and promotes and protects Louisiana's irreplaceable heritage of archaeological sites and historic buildings. The program has two parts, Archaeology and Historic Preservation. The Cultural Heritage program surveys, preserves and provides technical assistance and education about Louisiana’s historic buildings and sites and archaeological sites and objects that convey the state’s rich heritage. The goal of this program is to increase the state’s database of surveyed cultural resources, ensure the preservation of those resources, and use them to interpret and educate the public about Louisiana’s history. The Cultural Heritage Program consists of six activities: Administration, Archaeology, Historic Preservation, Main Street, Los Adaes Regional Archeology, Poverty Point Regional Archaeology.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with General Fund, Fees and Self-generated Revenues, and Federal Funds. Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from photocopying and curation of archaeological collections. The Federal Funds are provided from the National Park Service and the Corps of Engineers.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
Carry forward for a cooperative endeavor agreement with DOTD to provide a non-federal fund match to assist the Historic Mississippi River Road Commission with the cost of preparing a Master Plan enhancement for the "River Road Project"
Nonrecurring carry forward for a cooperative endeavor agreement with DOTD which provided a non-federal fund match to assist the Historic Mississippi River Road Commission with the cost of preparing a Master Plan enhancement for the "River Road Project"
Increase self-generated revenues for the collection of funds from outside entities for the use of the photocopier and for fees collected on archaeological material that is curated and permanently stored in the archaeological curation facility - Cultural Development
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100.4% of the existing operating budget. It represents 59.0% of the total request ($3,713,369) for this program. This program has no positions which have been vacant for one (1) year or more.
Aid to Local Governments - The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (P.L. 89-665) and its amendments, and Louisiana State Law (R.S. 25:522) provides that states are mandated to perform surveys of historic structures and sites. Effective 1987, the National Park Service's appropriation stipulates that beyond operating expenses, Historic Preservation Fund monies be directed to certified local governments, survey and planning. This act provides for an expanded National Register of Historic Places to register districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects of significance to American history, architecture, culture and archaeology. It provides matching grants-in-aid program for states to fund local entities, private nonprofit organizations or other organizations to perform historical survey, historical reports, archaeological survey and planning for preservation, restoration and rehabilitation projects, such as preservation plans and life-styles analyses reports and studies of exhibitions or interpretations of Louisiana architecture and material culture. It also provides matching monies to the state for operating expenses of its archaeological preservation program. The Certified Local Government funds have been awarded to: Abbeville, Columbia, Natchitoches, New Iberia, Opelousas, Plaquemine, Ponchatoula, St. Francisville and St. Martinville.
Miscellaneous Charges - Pass through money to local governmental entities - The Division of Historic Preservation administers the Main Street grants program. These funds are awarded to 5 communities for the purpose of funding the operational costs of the Main Street Programs. The five communities are: Amite, Houma, Spring Hill, Vivian and Winfield. Funds are also awarded to 12 communities for the purpose of rejuvenating deteriorated shop fronts, repainting and repairing, removing eyesores, and generally brightening up the downtown historic commercial areas. Approximately 10 to 20 projects per community will be funded, depending on the size of the projects. The funds are awarded to: Abbeville, Columbia, DeRidder, New Iberia, St. Francisville, Amite, Houma, Spring Hill, Vivian and Winfield.
The Division of Archaeology receives state funds to be awarded in addition to the federal funds and university matching funds for the Regional Archaeology Program. Currently there are four universities which participate in this program. They are: LSU, Northeast, Northwestern, and Southwestern. These are cooperative agreements between the Office of Cultural Development, Office of State Parks and the respective universities.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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