Quincy News

Historical Society reaches capital campaign goal

Posted: Sep. 1, 2018 10:35 pm

QUINCY -- The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County announced that it exceeded its goal of $50,000 in the "Preserving Our Historic Treasures" capital campaign.

Launched in April, the drive's goal was to raise money for a number of preservation projects at the Historical Society's John Wood Mansion and the History Museum. The funds were matched up to $50,000 by an anonymous donor.

"The Society wishes to express its appreciation to all the individual and business donors who contributed financially or provided assistance in helping reach and exceed our campaign goal," said Historical Society Board President Todd Schackelford. "The skills required to preserve these historic buildings are specialized. Your support and generosity have allowed us to work with qualified, seasoned professionals in maintaining our treasured historic buildings, which is our key priority."

Projects completed to date include repairing and painting the front of the John Wood Mansion, as well as replacing shutters and damaged windows. The Historical Society also received a Landmarks Illinois Preservation Heritage grant to support the work.

A grant also recently was awarded by the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri, and the Paul H. and Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund, through the Community Foundation, will offset much of the cost incurred for refurbishing the H.R. Hill cupola at the History Museum.

Future plans call for improvement to the inside of the John Wood Mansion and preservation efforts on the 1835 Log Cabin, which sits behind the mansion.

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