Wednesday, March 5, 2014
History Fund grant for Ida McKinley dress conservation
Last week I went to Statehood Day at the State House in Columbus to accept a "big check" from the History Fund for $3700 toward the Ida McKinley Dress Project! (The check is now on display in the McKinley Gallery, near the donation box for this project.)
The History Fund is a competitive grant program made possible through donations from the Ohio income tax check-off program. You can donate a portion of your state income tax return by checking the box on your form. The average donation is just $8 per person, so it doesn't cost much to make a big difference in history projects across the state.
Here are some highlights from the ceremony:
And these are the two dresses that have been funded by this grant:
Many thanks to the History Fund grant reviewers and the citizens of Ohio for making this grant possible! We have now funded 5 dresses out of a total of 20 that have been identified as candidates for this project.
Full steam ahead!