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Library gets $3,700 grant for preservation of Motlow papers

Posted on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 10:26 am

The Moore County Public Library received a $3,700 grant to help preserve historical documents.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Sen. Shane Reeves, Mayor Bonnie Lewis, Christine Pyrdom, Peggy Gold and Rep. Iris Rudder were on hand for the announcement of the grant. Photo by David Knox.

The library will use the funds to contract an archivist to digitize the papers of the late state Sen. Reagor Motlow.

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett visited the Moore County Library to award the grant. Hargett was joined by Sen. Shane Reeves (R-Murfreesboro) and Rep. Iris Rudder (R-Winchester) to present the federal State Board Programming Grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Metro Moore Mayor Bonnie Lewis was on hand with Councilmen Arvis Bobo, Keith Moses and Gerald Burnett along with Library Director Peggy Gold and members of the Library Board.

The grant funds are distributed through the Tennessee State Library and Archives, a division of the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office, to support local archive preservation. “Moore County houses volumes of important records and documents, preserving the history of the local community and its place in Tennessee history,” Hargett said. “This grant is an important investment in helping to protect the irreplaceable documents that are invaluable to the county and the state’s history.” Gold said it is important for the library to make the papers of Motlow, an important figure in state and county history, more easily available to researchers and also preserve for the future.