OXFORD — With the awarding of history-related grants last week totaling nearly $34,650, the W. E. Smith Family Charitable Trust surpassed $100,000 in grants awarded for the second year in a row. The Trust awarded nearly $66,000 to applicants in May. Among the most recent round of recipients is the Preble County Historical Society.
Applications were submitted from historical organizations, museums, libraries, schools, and other non-profit groups throughout Southwest Ohio. Included were requests for support of museum displays and storage materials and equipment, community outreach programs, collections management and care, publishing projects and other events, archival projects and 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,” and other published works, both together and separately.
This fall’s grants went to:
Preble County Historical Society — In support of digitizing the Society’s collection to make it accessible on-line to the benefit of researchers, genealogists, and others
Atrium Medical Center, Middletown — To expand its Legends project of booklets, banners, and a video to document and promote its history
Butler County Historical Society — Grant money to upgrade its desktop computer; fund programming and exhibits and the Speaker’s Bureau, and items for collection storage materials
Enjoy Oxford (Formerly the Oxford Visitor’s Bureau) — To update and print its Black History Tour Booklet featuring area sites and features of significance pertaining to Black History
Friends of Chrisholm, Trenton — To print postcards of features of the Chrisholm farmstead, and produce interpretive signs for its pollinator garden
Historic Southwest Ohio, Cincinnati — In support of the planned exhibit “Social History of Southwest Ohio: Late 1700s —1900“
Hamilton Lane Libraries/Cummins Local History Room—In support of purchase of microfilm of the Fairfield Echo newspaper for easier access by library users, staff and researchers
Middletown Historical Society — For receiving artifacts from a U. S. B-17 plane that crashed in German-occupied France in World War II, piloted by a Middletown native; and a second award for the Historic Excello Lock Tenders House exterior period painting
Monroe Historical Society — For electrical upgrades for exhibit and display lighting
Over-the-Rhine Museum, Cincinnati — In support of completion of the African American History Walking Tour “Walking the Stories” tour series in Over-the-Rhine
Oxford Museum Association — For improving storage conditions for its collection of clothing, lace and tatting, and quilts including purchase of acid free archival boxes and tissue
Trenton Historical Society — In support of purchasing display cabinet and developing exhibits of items from Olympic gold medalist Zach Apple, Trenton native, and Walnut Grove Swim Club
West Chester Union Township Historical Society — For reprinting of the history of Union Centralized School, “Our Alma Mater,” originally written by D. Russell-Lee, former Butler County Superintendent and formerly Superintendent of the Union School District