The Pendleton County Historical Society received $5,000 in funding from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation for artifact and archives preservation and digitization, according to a news release. The funding will be used by the Society to preserve collectibles at the Boggs House Museum in Franklin.
The foundation is an organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of community history. Normally, the Pomeroy Foundation focuses its funding on historic marker signs, but the Pomeroy trustees noted that they “were impressed with the progress [the society] has made.”
Museum collection manager Jonathan Contrades remarked, in a statement, that “this grant has already supported the purchase of archival supplies we need to preserve the important artifacts here at the museum. We’ll be able to safely store objects and documents for decades without worry of losing our history.”
Items purchased with the funds include containers for the museum’s newspaper archive as well as garment boxes for the military uniforms given to the museum.
Society president Paul Clayton said, in a statement, that he is “really pleased with the progress that is being made at the museum in relation to the management of the various collections that the Society has. Preserving the county’s history is our primary goal.”
The museum cares for over 1,000 pieces both on exhibit and in archival storage. Part of this grant funded the purchase of collections management software, which will track the numerous items that constitute the museum’s historical collection. The software also allows for digital images of the items to be housed in its database.
The museum, located at 49 Oak Street in Franklin, will be open to the public with regular hours starting this May, but one can schedule a private tour by calling Richard Ruddle at 304-358-2869 or 304-358-7304.