“It’s a site that what we are asking for is pledges,” said Dr. Jeff Leipzig, a local allergist who was a longtime friend of Dr. Barich and is is leading the effort to preserve the site.
“The reason we’re asking for pledges and not donations is that the pledges are there if we win the auction,” Leipzig said. “Then we would ask people to give us the money.”
Otherwise, if people had donated the usual way through the site, the money would be used for other purposes, such as buying Native American sites elsewhere in the country, he said.
“We’re starting to get a lot of social-media buzz, so people are passing it around, sharing it, telling people about it,” Leipzig said. “Not just people here in town, but people that lived in Hamilton.”
Paul Gardner, Midwest regional director of The Architectural Conservancy, said when numerous history and other experts visited the site in late August that if proponents had a year to raise the funds, “this would be a slam dunk.”