Converse Historical Society Awarded $3,500 Grant for Display Upgrades

Converse Historical Society Awarded $3,500 Grant for Display Upgrades

The Miami County Community Foundation awarded a $3,500 grant to the Converse Historical Society for improvements to the organization’s exhibition space. Funds will be used to implement a new display method that utilizes wall space rather than floor space, an upgrade needed to maximize the facility’s potential and expand the size of future exhibits. Improvements will allow for flat items, such as newspapers, deeds, and photographs, to be more easily displayed throughout the building.

“Due to the high volume of flat items we currently have in the facility, huge square footage of wall space is needed to display any one exhibition,” said Avon Waters, a founding member of the CHS. “Without this grant, there would be many critical pieces of our town’s history missing from the exhibits.”

The Historical Society’s grand re-opening will be on September 21st, 2024, a tribute to the 175th anniversary of the founding of Converse and a celebration of the new location.

Steve Reiff, President of the Converse Historical Society, remarked, “We consider the grant from the Miami County Community Foundation an important first step in telling the many and often-forgotten stories of Converse. This community-supported grant enables CHS to establish a best practice for communicating the history of the Converse area, and at the same time, staying true to our mission statement of documenting, preserving, and making it known whether it’s a story or landmark.”

Grants like this one are made possible through Miami County Community Funds, which currently have a $2-to-$1 donation matching initiative. Community Funds create a pool of flexible grant dollars available to charitable organizations that work to make our communities a better place for everyone.