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Hinton-based Preserve WV AmeriCorps Member
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - west virginia, hinton, museum, historic landmarks commission
Contributed By: Danielle LaPresta Parker
Email The Author: dlapresta@pawv.org
Website: http://www.pawv.org

The City of Hinton’s Historic Landmark Commission (HLC) is established for the protection and preservation of the City's National Historic District. Additionally, the commission evaluates construction and improvements in the district to ensure they meet with the newly established design guidelines. 

The City of Hinton owns the Hinton Railroad Museum, which was established in 1991 and focuses on the early days of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. The museum is housed in a two-story, 7,000 square-foot historic building located in the National Historic District in downtown Hinton and features a variety of artifacts and memorabilia.

This project involves assisting two intertwined organizations with building capacity of the entities and ensuring their successful programmatic administration. From October - December 2022, the member will serve alongside two other Preserve WV AmeriCorps members and contribute to existing projects in preparation to take over as the sole AmeriCorps member assigned to these projects beginning in January. For the HLC, the member will help with its administration through regular participation at its meetings and review of applications for certificates of appropriateness. For the Hinton Railroad Museum, the member will help build the capacity of the museum by ensuring it is open for regular business hours and engage volunteers in this cultural heritage tourism asset. 

Daily tasks will involve: 

  • Provide tours at the museum to the public.
  • Recruit and manage a new generation of volunteers for museum operations, docenting and committees.
  • Continue inventorying the museum’s collection and helping to draft museum policies.
  • Museum promotions via its social media page.
  • Assist the HLC with the implementation of Hinton’s Design Review Guidelines by attending each HLC meeting, reviewing applications for certificates of appropriateness, and submitting reports to the HLC members for their review.
  • Help to plan projects, alongside the HLC members, to restore city-owned historic buildings.
  • Resurvey the Downtown Hinton National Historic District and submit historic property inventory forms to the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office to see if an expansion is possible.
  • Assist with the coordination and implementation of cultural heritage tourism events such as Railroad Days, the Labor Day Festival, and the Veterans Day festivities.

Full-time members (1700 hours, approximately 40 hours a week) will receive a $20,000 annual stipend, paid in 23 equal installments on the 15th and 30th of each month. Workers compensation insurance will be provided. Group health insurance is available for full-time members who do not have health insurance or do not qualify for Medicaid. A childcare subsidy is available for qualified full-time members. Unemployment coverage is not included. 

AmeriCorps members will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon the successful completion of their term of service.  The educational award for full-time members is equivalent to the federal Pell Grant amount for that year. The award amounts are subject to change annually. In the 2021-2022 program year, the award was $6,495 for full-time members.

New this year! All AmeriCorps members serving in West Virginia will also receive 2 tuition waivers for 2 separate semesters at a West Virginia public institution. More information available upon request.

 


Keywords: west virginia, hinton, museum, historic landmarks commission

Posted: September 22, 2022
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