Cato Historical Association Receives Grants

 Pictured is Ron Graber of Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative, presenting to Marilyn Flagg, a Cato HPA member, and Katharine Spigarelli, President of Cato HPA, a grant that was  recently approved by the Heartland Board of Directors. Ron attended the Cato meeting on the evening of Oct. 27th and made an official presentation of the “Concern for Community” grant.

Pictured is Marilyn Flagg, Cato HPA member, holding a sign from the Community Foundation of SE Kansas saying thatCato HPA was a grant recipient of the “Future Fund Giving Circle”.

Recently, Cato Historical Preservation Association applied for two grants. Both grants were for maintenance at the 150 year old Cato rock school. Both grants were granted so as to keep up the soffits, fascia, doors, etc. The restoration of the Cato School was completed in 2011. The school was placed on the Kansas Register of Historic Places on Nov. 21, 2005 and on the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 6, 2006.

Due to the pandemic, no hosting of  school children or the annual Cato tour was held this year. As it stands now, Cato is hoping to host the children in 2021 over a period of two days so the students who would have come this year won’t have  to miss out.

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