BILOXI, Miss. (AP) _ State historians will apply for a $3 million federal arts grant to preserve the home of the late Eudora Welty as a museum.

Welty, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short-story writer, grew up in the house in Jackson and lived there as an adult, where she wrote all the books she published. Welty deeded the house to the Mississippi Archives and History Department in 1986, but continued to live there until her death in July at age 92.

The house needs a new roof and still has the original 1925 electrical wiring, said Elbert Hilliard, department director.

The agency said it would apply for a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that will require a $1 million match.

Department trustees announced the plans Friday.