The Fairfield Heritage Association (FHA) will receive funding from the state’s capital improvement budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. FHA submitted three project proposals to the state, and all were included in the final appropriations bill that was signed by Governor Kasich last Wednesday.
Projects at the Sherman House and Georgian Museums, both operated by FHA, include adapting existing spaces in the historic houses to better facilitate the storage of museum collections. The total funding for both projects is $65,000.
“Almost every historic house museum in the country has limited space, and maintaining appropriate temperature and humidity for collections is difficult,” said Andrea Brookover, FHA Executive Director. “This funding enables us to be better stewards of our properties and collections.”
The Georgian attic and Sherman House basement will undergo renovations that include climate controlling equipment, insulation and shelving units.
“The Sherman House and the Georgian Museum are a storied part of the history of our community, state, and our nation,” Sen. Tim Schaffer said. “I am proud to have teamed with Representative Stebelton and Senator Balderson in successfully advocating for capital funding to preserve these key pieces of our heritage. It is my hope that the state funds will help to bring even more visitors and tourism dollars to Fairfield County.”
FHA will also partner with the Baltimore Downtown Restoration Committee to administer the second phase of the Victoria Opera House restoration. The project, which includes door and window renovation, was awarded $30,000.
"We are very grateful for the partnership we have formed with the FHA, and that we are both committed to the preservation of our Fairfield County history,” said Judith Cosgray, chairperson of the BDRC. “We look forward to partnering with the FHA on the Victoria Opera House project and other projects in the future. Great things are only accomplished when we work together, and we could not have done this without the help of the FHA."