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Fuldner Heritage Fund Established

The Timm house in New Holstein, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was restored with the generous support of the Jeffris Family Foundation of Janesville

A $500,000 gift from the Jeffris Family Foundation to the Wisconsin Historical Society will establish the Fuldner Heritage Fund. The gift represents a major step toward the $77 million goal of Forward! The Campaign for the Wisconsin Historical Society, with more than $71 million raised to date. This endowed fund, named in honor of Henry Fuldner who served on the Jeffris Family Foundation board for 30 years, will recognize Wisconsin heritage by funding the preparation of National Register of Historic Places nominations in Wisconsin. The National Register is the nation's official list of places deemed significant in American history and culture.

Small Towns and Rural Areas to Benefit

The Fuldner Heritage Fund will support the preparation of National Register nominations in communities such as small towns and rural areas that are not eligible for other funding. The fund will ensure that those communities discover and document important properties, and make them eligible for other preservation benefits like historic preservation tax credits, technical assistance, eligibility for private and public grant funds, and special consideration in federal and state planning. It would include properties associated with events of state or national importance, and those with high architectural qualities, including National Historic Landmarks.

Telling Wisconsin Stories in a Compelling and Authentic Way

"Properties with awe-inspiring histories are vitally important to the identity of their communities. The Wisconsin Historical Society wishes to collect, preserve and share those stories," says Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Jim Draeger. "By recognizing rare, unique or distinctive properties and encouraging their preservation, we can tell important Wisconsin stories in a compelling and authentic way, allowing people to experience firsthand places that tell us who we are and where we come from."

The Jeffris gift fits neatly within one of the Forward! Campaign's four central initiatives, Securing Our Future, whose goal is to inspire the broadest community possible to take a more active role in discovering and appreciating their history. The Society will begin contracting for nominations from the Fuldner Heritage Fund in September of 2012.

:: Posted October 27, 2011

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