24 area history projects awarded funding

Twenty-four projects involving local or regional history in Southwestern Ohio have been awarded grants totaling more than $67,000 from the W. E. Smith Family Charitable Trust.

Advisory Board members of the Trust reviewed applications from local and regional historical organizations, museums, libraries, schools, and other non-profit groups seeking funds in support of publishing and publication projects, collection maintenance and documentation and educational programs.

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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.” Dr. Smith also wrote numerous monographs and papers, and gave hundreds of lectures throughout the United States on subjects in history.

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This spring’s grants went to:

Anderson Township Historical Society — "Preservation of Archival Documents/Photos"

Atrium Medical Center Foundation — "Legends, History of Middletown Hospital"

Butler County Historical Society — "Development of 18-month World War I Exhibit,"and Speakers Bureau

Friends of Chrisholm Historic Farmstead — "Continuation of 200th anniversary Legacy Project and photo collection preservation project"

Friends of Elisha Morgan Farm Mansion "Create and assemble exhibits for 200th anniversary "

Friends of MetroParks — "Supplies and materials to expand summer learning programs for youth at Governor Bebb Park and Chrisholm Farmstead"

Friends of Whitewater Shakers "Programming costs for North Family Unit public exhibit & software for collection management"

Hamilton Community Foundation — "Friends of Fannie Hurst Historic Marker Project"

Historic Hamilton, Inc. — "Opening the Historical Log House, programming, and educational materials"

Historic Southwest Ohio — "Computer and upgraded PastPrfect software for collection management"

Middletown Historical Society — "Film transfer system to preserve historic films in digital format"

Monroe Historical Society — "Historic Window Display Project, mannequins"

Morgan Twp. Historical Society — "Support costs for youth local history essay contest"

Mt. Healthy Historical Society — "Costuming for re-enactors: A Day of Living History in Mt. Healthy"

Museum at the Friends Home — "Materials for preservation of 200 glass negatives of early Waynesville"

National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting — "Development of Powell Crosley exhibit"

Over-the-Rhine Museum — "Oral History Project/Technical Equipment"

Preble County District Library — "Microfilm digitization project & equipment for Genealogy Research"

Reily Township Historical Society — "Reily in the Late 1800s, the Prosperous Years project cont. & printing brochure"

Smith Library of Regional History — "Booklet revisions and printing Walking Tour of Uptown Oxford"

St. Mary Parish — "Computerization of historic Parish records & designation of burial plots"

The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education — "Preservation of photo collection for new exhibit"

The Cincinnati Observatory — "Neighborhood walking tour of Mount Lookout"

Walter Havighurst Special Collections & Miami University Archives — "Digitization of yearbooks, journals, and Newspapers of Miami University, Western College, and Oxford College"

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