Historical Village to receive DAR grant

by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Sylvania Historical Village assistant Cassie Tenario and Executive Director Andi Erbskorn discuss plans for refurbishing the parlour in the Heritage Center Museum with Beverly St. Clair of The Fort Industry Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution announced that the organization will be donating $3,130 to The Sylvania Historical Village for the renovation of the parlor room in the Heritage Center Museum. Funding for the project was made possible through the sponsorship of The Fort Industry Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Toledo.

The Cooke/Kuhlman Home, also known as the Heritage Center Museum, is the historic home of Dr. Uriah Cooke, an early 20th century Sylvania doctor. His unique home, first built in 1897 and expanded in the early 20th century, contains not only his living quarters but also his doctor’s office, waiting room and exam room. Three generations of the Cooke family lived in the home through the late 1980s. The DAR grant will be used to restore the home’s parlor to its late 1930s appearance, which is the time all three generations lived together. Design of the restoration is based on family photos from that era.

“We are thrilled that the DAR Special Projects Committee has honored us by awarding this grant,” noted Andi Erbskorn, Executive Director of the Sylvania Historical Village. “We have been wanting to restore the parlor in this treasured home for several years. The funding provided by the DAR will allow that dream to be a reality. The Cooke/Kuhlman home showcases a slice of life in the early 20th century. These stories are valuable as they helped shape who we are today. This grant will allow us to share this chapter with the public.”

The DAR grants program was started in 2010. Funding is awarded to support projects in local communities which promote the organization’s mission of historic preservation, education and patriotism. The DAR receives hundreds of grant applications each year, making competition high for the funding through the non-profit organization. Interested groups must be sponsored by a local DAR chapter, submit a copy of their public charity 501(c)(3) IRS documentation, include a narrative describing the need and urgency of the project as well as planned activities and benefits to the community which will result from the grant.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With 178,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, the DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org.

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