Secretary of State presents $5k Grant for County Archives

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TN Secretary of State Tre Hargett presents $5,000 grant for Rhea County Archives. From Left, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, State Senator Ken Yager, Rhea County Archivist Jacob Ellis, Rhea County Historian Patricia Guffey, State Rep. Ron Travis, County Executive George Thacker. (ElmerHarris/RheaReview)

The Rhea County Archives, formed as recently as July, just received a $5,000 grant presented in person by Tennessee’s Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

County Archivist Jacob Ellis says, “The bulk of the funds will go towards supplies such as shelving, acid-free boxes, and acid-free folders.”

These supplies will ensure the documents are properly preserved assured Ellis who appears confident in doing just that.

Senator Yager credited a great job during the highly competitive and extremely scrutinized application process.

“You don’t get a grant of this size without having a good grant application,” insists Yager

“I want to point out, Senator Yager and Representative Travis are the ones who appropriate these dollars.  So this is really your money coming back to you,” states Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett.

“Courtesy of them and their colleagues, I’m showing the appreciation for what you’re doing each and every day in preserving the rich history of this community which helps us statewide in preserving the state’s history,” Hargett adds.

“This is a great way to learn,” notes County Historian Patricia Guffey who couldn’t be more pleased to see state and local leaders prioritize preserving history.

“Learning from the past helps us in the present as well as our future generations.”

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