2017-09-07 / News

Perry house receives $5,000 grant

By Paula K. Schmidt
810-452-2647 • pschmidt@mihomepaper.com


Dan Harrett, left presents Debbie Honea of the Grand Blanc Historical Commission with a recent grant of $5,000 for flooring in the house at the Perry Homestead Park and Nature Trail 
Photo by Paula K. Schmidt Dan Harrett, left presents Debbie Honea of the Grand Blanc Historical Commission with a recent grant of $5,000 for flooring in the house at the Perry Homestead Park and Nature Trail Photo by Paula K. Schmidt GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc Heritage Association, which manages the city museum, recently presented a check for $5,000 to Debbie Honea, a local architect and member of the Grand Blanc Historical commission, for renovations to the Perry house, a site which dates back to the 1800s and Grand Blanc’s first non-native settlers.

Dan Harrett, museum director, stated the association board voted unanimously to grant the funds, and as a condition of the grant, they asked that Honea oversee work done with the funds. Honea said the intention was to use it for wood flooring in the kitchen and back entry, as well as wood or possibly vinyl flooring in the nook off the kitchen.

Harrett also said the association believes the restoration of the home is in their interests as well as a historical centerpiece for the community. They hope the grant will be the nudge needed to help get other renovations rolling as well. All restoration work so far has been volunteer and grant funded.

“We have full confidence in Debbie pursuing this to an excellent conclusion,”

Harrett said. Honea explained it is the commission’s goal to have the wood floors done prior to the next open house, known as Pioneer Days, which happens biannually, the next event occurring Sunday, Oct. 8.

Honea is also creating drawings to go into a Request for Proposal (RFP) to detail the work needed in the kitchen, to present to the township board to request funding.

Additionally, following a recent meeting of the historical commission, a decision was made to rename the Perry house to the Perry Homestead Park and Nature Trail. This is in part to enable them to be better situated for Department of Natural Resources and state historic preservation funding.

The more grants they are able to apply for, the better chance they have of funding various projects needed for the house,

In addition, the group is working on the completion of an application for an official state historical marker, which is a long and arduous process. Micki Hoffman, a commission member, stated her next step will be meeting with Genesee County Clerk John Gleason to find out what steps need to be taken to obtain copies of the deeds for everyone who ever lived in the house.

That and other information will be submitted to the stated and be reviewed in the near future, while local commission members work on the language to go on the marker when approved.

Don Simon, who has invested hundreds of hours of archaeological work at the Perry house and other sites in Genesee County, turning up thousands of native and prehistoric artifacts, gave a presentation on his work following the check presentation.

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