OXFORD – An even dozen projects involving local or regional history in Southwestern Ohio have been awarded grants totaling more than $12,500 from the W. E. Smith Family Charitable Trust.
This second round of funding completes the 2016 distribution of funds, and brings the total awarded this year by the Smith Charitable Trust to more than $81,000. Advisory Board members of the Trust reviewed application requests from local and regional historical organizations, museums, libraries, schools, and other non-profit groups seeking support for publishing and publication projects, collection maintenance and documentation, and educational programs.
The Smith Trust was established by the estate of Ophia Smith, longtime Oxford resident who wrote books on Oxford history, and together with her husband W. E. Smith, who chaired Miami University’s history department and was first Director of the William Holmes McGuffey Museum, collaborated on research and writing of a three-volume “History of Southwestern Ohio: The Miami Valleys.”
This fall’s grants went to:
•Butler County Historical Society, support of programming costs & research support
•Butler County Historical Society, reprint of Hamilton History Coloring Book
•Friends of Whitewater Shakers, partial support of programming expenses
•Greenwood Cemetery, equipment purchase (microphone) for live historical tours
•Harriet Beecher Stowe House, support for education programs in 2017
•Heritage Hall, exhibit storage materials upgraded exhibit security
•Historic Southwest Ohio, partial support for programming costs of First Person Series
•Morgan Township Historical Society, partial support for local history essay contest awards
•Mt. Healthy Historical Society, bus transportation for students to visit museum
•Smith Library of Regional History, reprinting of Butler County History Is Here booklet
•Talawanda Middle School, bus transportation costs for students’ media field trip
•Talawanda Middle School, scholarships for 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C.