The Honorable Tom Schedler, the Louisiana Secretary of State attended the July quarterly meeting of the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission. Secretary Schedler participated in a check presentation by the Commission to the Friends of Germantown.
In April, the Commission voted to approve a grant of up to $15,000 to provide additional funding needed for construction of a new Visitor Center at the Germantown Colony Museum this year.
Lynn Dorsey, Executive Director of the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission reports "In August of 2008, the ownership of museum was transferred from the Webster Parish Police Jury to the Museums Division of the Department of State, becoming the last addition to the Secretary of State's Heroes and Heritage Trail.
"The new Germantown Visitor Center will house original artifacts currently being preserved and housed at the State Archives in Baton Rouge. The new Germantown Visitor Center will provide a climate controlled environment and security necessary to showcase the artifacts of the Germantown Colony from the early 19th Century.
"The Museum offers visitors tours of three of the original buildings of the Colony established in 1835. In 1979, the Germantown Colony Museum was placed on the official list of the Nation's Cultural Resources Worthy of Preservation by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service.
"It is truly an asset for the citizens of Webster Parish. I am proud of the Commission for its contribution made today to this historical treasure."
The Commission meeting was held at 8 a.m. on July 19 in the conference room of the Minden/South Webster Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was open to the public.