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In early 2018, RCI, Inc. and the RCI Foundation, Inc. were contacted by Michael Breeding of Michael Breeding MEDIA in regards to the potential restoration of a crumbling stone building, once the site of the Choctaw Academy. The building had stood the test of time, maintaining its structural integrity since its opening in 1825 in Great Crossing, KY, until 2012 when the roof collapsed, taking a portion of the back wall along with it.
On June 19, 2018, representatives of RCI, Inc. joined various stakeholders, including professionals in our industry, archeologists, the Humanities Council of Kentucky, the Kentucky Heritage Council, and historians to discuss the potential restoration of the structure. During this visit, we were alerted to the fact that not only is this site already recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, but the National Parks Service has shown interest in the school potentially being federally recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
On that day, RCI, Inc. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the historical site as the primary source of fundraising for the restoration of the Choctaw Academy. The MOU also includes the signed support of the RCI Foundation, Inc.; Dr. Chip Richardson; Kentucky Humanities, Inc.; Michael Breeding MEDIA; and Georgetown and Scott County Museum, Inc.
On October 30th, the restoration began through a grant from the RCI Foundation, Inc. to fund the initial lidar scan, mortar analysis, and temporary stabilization of the stone structure. Once this process is complete, we look forward to using the results as a detailed resource on how to proceed with the main restoration.
In short, RCI, Inc. will be asking our members and industry colleagues to join us with their support. We will need to raise funds in the ballpark of $400,000 (or about $150 from each of our members) within the next two years to accomplish this goal. Support can come in the form of monetary donations and/or donations of materials, and of course we appreciate any additional marketing you can provide as you share the progress with your friends and colleagues.
We look forward to bringing you more information and progress updates along the way. Please join us as we look to the future, by first preserving our past.[Read the full introductory blog post, published in July, 2018]
You can also follow the story on the Save the Choctaw Academy Facebook page.
Listen to a Think Humanities podcast: Host Bill Goodman is joined by two special guests with unique ties to the historic Choctaw Academy located in Scott County — Georgetown ophthalmologist Dr. William “Chip” Richardson and Penn State historian, Dr. Christina Snyder.