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Centreville Museum project seeks funds

Centreville Museum project seeks funds

     We have just received long awaited news. The board of trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History has awarded the museum a grant for $375,000 from the Community Heritage Preservation Grant Program established in 2001 by the Mississippi Legislature. We are fortunate and grateful for their help in this very worthwhile project. With this money we will restore one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in Centreville and honor those valiant men and women who trained at Camp Van Dorn and served us so well in World War II.

     This is a 20% matching grant, which means that we will have to raise $75,000 to match the $375,000 gift from the Mississippi Legislature. This is entirely possible with the great interest manifested in this project by veterans, friends, and patrons.

     Our goal is to advertise for bids and award a building contract by July 2002. We feel that $375,000 plus $75,000 is ample to bring this building project to completion. As you know, your gift is tax deductible. Please make checks payable to Centreville Museum and mail to Mildred Field, PO Box 1045, Centreville MS 39631. We also need more memorabilia such as photos, army gear, and letters.

     All gifts will be greatly appreciated. Patrons donating $1,000 will have their names or the name of someone they are honoring, on a special plaque. Special recognition will be given to Benefactors who give $5,000 or more and Angels who give $10,000 or more. We would like to have the names of every single person who trained at Camp Van Dorn displayed in some way.

     We are looking forward to having a group of members from the 63rd Infantry Division visit Centreville in March 2002. We also want to extend a special invitation to the men of the 99th Division and other soldiers who trained at Van Dorn to pay us a visit.

     Thank you for your help in this huge undertaking.

Mildred Field, Chairman

Centreville Museum Committee

PO Box 1045

Centreville MS 39631