Japanese American National Museum - Photo courtesy of the JANM's website

Two Southland projects were among 80 throughout the United States awarded funds by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it was announced Thursday.

“The `Telling the Full History Preservation Fund’ represents the largest number of grants given through a single program at the National Trust,” said Katherine Malone-France, NTHP chief preservation officer. “These 80 projects are driven by many dedicated volunteers, staff and experts — all seeking to expand how we understand our shared history.”

“We are grateful for the work that they do in communities across the country to reveal, remember, celebrate and illuminate these stories through these extraordinary places,” she said.

About $2.5 million in grants were distributed across 39 states, according to Malone-France.

She said the money originated from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which received allotments under the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

The local projects receiving funds were:

— Hollywood United Methodist Church’s “30 Years of Red Ribbons on the Hollywood United Methodist Church Tower: Creating a Digital History”; and

— Japanese American National Museum’s “Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple-Be Here/1942 Exhibition.”

The size of the grant awards was not immediately available.

The complete list of grant recipients can be found at savingplaces.org/neh-telling-full-history#.Yk8qesjMLIU

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