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Grant number: PC-50002-06

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Beauvoir (Biloxi, MS 39531-5002)
Patrick Hotard (Project Director, 10/13/2005 - 01/10/2008)
Beauvoir Artifact Salvage and Restoration HURRICANE KATRINA EMERGENCY GRANT

Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library is located on 52 acres situated 500 feet from the Gulf of Mexico in Biloxi, Mississippi. The triple-thick brick Confederate Veterans Home Hospital, the Library pavilion cottage where Jefferson Davis wrote his books, and the Hayes Pavilion where his daughter Margaret Hayes and her family stayed during visits, were totally destroyed by hurricane Katrina. The Jefferson Davis house sustained severe damage to its porches, roof, and front rooms, exposing artifacts and historic frescos, and the contemporary museum was nearly destroyed with significant damage to collections stored and displayed there. Among remaining historical documents, artifacts, textiles, and paintings are the manuscript papers used by Davis to write The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government and A Short History of the Confederacy.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Museum Studies or Historical Preservation
Program: Grants to Preserve & Create Access to Humanities Collections
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $30,000 (approved); $30,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 10/1/2005 – 6/30/2007

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