OXFORD — Twenty-three organizations with local or regional history projects in Southwestern Ohio have been awarded grants totaling $68,366 from the W. E. Smith Family Charitable Trust.
Among the winning organizations is the Preble County Art Association. According to a press release, the grant will be “support toward maintaining and documenting historic integrity of Stotler Building to house the Preble County Art Association.”
A wide spectrum of projects include support for museum display materials and equipment, community outreach programs, historic markers, collections management and care, materials and equipment, publishing projects and other programs and projects.
Applications were submitted from historical organizations, museums, libraries, schools, and other non-profit groups in Southwestern Ohio.
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.”
Grants went to: Butler County Historical Society; Cheviot Historical Society;First United Methodist Church, Hamilton; Friends of Chrisholm Historic Farmstead; Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House ; Friends of Whitewater Shakers; John Woods Ohio Historical Marker Committee; Hamilton Rotary Club; Harding Museum; Holocaust & Humanity Center; Miami University Regional Campuses; Walter Havighurst Special Collections Library & Miami University Archives; McGuffey House & Museum; Middletown Historical Society; Middletown Cemetery Board; North End (Hamilton) Citizens for Community Action and the Norwood Historical Society.