MONROE — The museum of the Green County Historical Society recently received a much-needed facelift with help from a grant from the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.
The chimney was taken down below the rooflines and the soffit and fascia repaired and painted. This repair was necessary because the fascia was not repaired years ago when the original chimney was replaced with a smaller one. This allowed birds to fly into the attic, which will no longer happen because the chimney has now been capped off.
The grant was made available from the Community Foundation’s Clifford and Dorothy Reasa Fund for Historic Preservation of the Monroe Fund. This fund is a resource for area nonprofit organizations whose programs and services are working for the betterment of our communities. Grants from the Clifford and Dorothy Reasa Fund for Historic Preservation of the Monroe Fund have supported the arts, education, environment, health and human services and historic preservation. Much work has been done to preserve this Civil War era building during the last several years, much of it with help from the Clifford and Dorothy Reasa Fund for Historic Preservation. The work on this important building in Monroe history has included refurbishing the stained glass windows, covering the stained glass with glass to protect them, and interior painting.
The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin serves to match charitable donors with the needs of communities in nine southern Wisconsin counties. The Monroe Fund is a permanent endowment fund established by current and former residents in 1996. Each year, the Fund gives a percentage of its earnings back to the community in the form of grants that enhance the area’s quality of life. Since its founding, the Monroe Fund, combined with the Monroe Family of Funds, has awarded more than $500,000 in community grants.
The Fund is advised by a board of citizen volunteers who initiate fundraising activities and determine annual grant awards. For more information visit www.cfsw.org or contact the Monroe Fund’s Donor Services Representative, Linda Gebhardt, at 608-328-4060.