By Gary Budzak – The Delaware Gazette
Thirteen local organizations asked Delaware County commissioners for Community Enhancement Grants at a work session on Wednesday.
Members of the organizations asked the three commissioners to provide funding for them to put on events and to buy equipment. After each 15-minute presentation, commissioners asked questions of the organizations.
Donna Meyer and Brent Carson made the presentation for the Delaware County Historical Society. They brought an example of the historic materials the society wants to preserve.
The Delaware County Historical Society requested $29,238 to be used for:
Displays and benches for a proposed Meeker Homestead Museum
The Society seeks to create an interactive digital display that will engage visitors, especially children, in the early settlement of each Delaware County Township. Interactive maps, biographies, pictures, charts, and video will bring early township life alive.
Digitizing old newspapers
The Society has original newspaper archives like The Delaware Daily Journal-Herald that contain a vital record of Delaware County history. They need to be digitally preserved while the pages are still intact. The process is done by specialty services and is expensive.
ELMO-brand document camera, projector and clipboards
The Society, as part of its mission to educate about county history, delivers dozens of classroom presentations to the schools of Delaware County. Each presentation brings historic documents, artifacts, and images to engage the students. Passing fragile materials around the room risks losing a piece of our history. A portable document camera/projector will enable everyone to see all the materials that have made these outreach programs so successful.
The Society is actively seeking resources fully restore and utilize the Meeker House and Garth Oberlander Barn, now The Barn at Stratford event venue. If you would like to learn more about this effort visit The Delaware Co. Historical Society website.
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