OXFORD — Grants totaling nearly $69,000 from the W. E. Smith Family Charitable Trust have been approved for twenty history-related projects from libraries, museums, school programs, and other organizations across Southwestern Ohio.
Requests for support were submitted for display and storage materials for collections; computer equipment to manage collections; community outreach programs; publishing projects documenting historic events or early settlers in the area; archival projects, and other events and programs.
The Smith Trust was established by the estate of Ophia Smith, longtime Oxford resident and wife of W. E. Smith, who chaired Miami University’s history department and was first Director of the William Holmes McGuffey Museum. Together, they collaborated on research and writing of a three-volume “History of Southwestern Ohio: The Miami Valleys,” and other published works, both together and separately. Grants went to:
Eldorado Activities Committee (Preble County) — To aid in publishing the community’s Sesquicentennial History Book
Preble County Historical Society — Funding of an intern from Miami University to continue documentation of the collection by scanning, organizing, photographing and digitizing the collection.