Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Seven Morris County organizations have been selected to receive grants from funds awarded to the Morris County Heritage Commission through this year’s New Jersey Historical Commission’s General Operating Support Grant Program.

This is the 12th year of the re-grant program, which is a vital part of the Heritage Commission’s mission to serve the public, said Peg Shultz, the commission’s archivist and acting director.

Over the years, grant awards have funded a variety of projects including publications; the conservation of documents; history programs and equipment; projects to provide greater access to historic sites and collections and expand the visitor base; proposals targeting compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; and efforts to recruit local history students to volunteer on supervised projects, Shultz said.

“Without the financial support from the re-grant program, Morris County history organizations would not have been able to afford these projects,” said Shultz. Re-grant funding for 2013 has been awarded to the following organizations:

•Dover Area Historical Society, $3,906 to cover utility and insurance costs. •Friends of Geraldine, $2,000 to develop and present a local history education program.
•Montville Township Historical Society, $2,300 for an exhibit/planning consultant project.
•Morris County Historical Society, $1,678 to purchase an exhibit hanging system.
•Morris County Tourism Bureau, $3,000 for Revolutionary Times Weekend materials.
•Mount Olive Township Historical Society, $3,160 for collections management materials.
•the Morris Museum was awarded $4,000 to curate an online exhibit.

The Morris County Heritage Commission strives to assist its constituents and enrich the lives of the public by preserving the historical record and advancing interest in, and awareness of Morris County’s and New Jersey’s past.

Additional information about the Heritate Commission and its programs can be obtained by calling Shultz at 973-829-8117 or by visiting the Heritage Commission’s website www.MorrisCountyNJ.gov/mchc.