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 enhances Louisiana's irreplaceable heritage of archaeological sites and historic buildings. The goal of this program is to record historic and archaeological sites, fund restoration grants to preserve endangered properties, continue to fund the Main Street activities, and to educate the public on the importance of preserving historic properties and archaeological sites. 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
1. In FY 1998-99, the Cultural Development Program will preserve a total of 130 historical properties, record a total of 950 historic buildings, create 150 new jobs and recruit 60 new businesses in designated historic districts and deliver services designed to foster historic preservation.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Cultural Development Program will preserve Louisiana's archeological heritage by surveying at least 30,000 acres, recording 800 sites, testing 70 sites, and curating 100 cubic feet of artifacts.
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
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 107.4% of the existing operating budget. It represents 87.0% of the total request ($2,447,160) for this program. The 7.4% increase over existing operating budget is due to providing additional funds for the Los Adaes and Poverty Point Station Archaeology activities ($40,000). Also, first time funding has been provided for the Regional Archaeology Program which will provide for ($90,000). 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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