Our volunteer organization also owns and maintains three properties as a reminder of our heritage: the 1850’s Farmhouse Museum, the historic one room Archer School, and the 1850’s restored Ruth Barn. We have an ongoing relationship with the community and the members of the Historic Downtown Business Association, and strive to provide educational opportunities through our activities and programs. New for this year was a remodeled patio at our Farmhouse which functioned as a stage for several family friendly programs over the summer.
While membership dues have always been a major part of our annual revenues, they’re especially critical this year. In addition to the time and effort that has gone into advocacy and fundraising to preserve the Covered Bridge, our buildings have also needed major repairs, such as new windows and a new security system. This coming year we will need to repaint. Due to the construction in the downtown this fall, our major annual fund raiser, the Ghost Walk, had to be cancelled. We continue to be dependent on the support of friends and neighbors such as yourself. The Long Grove Historical Society is a registered 501C3 charity and receives no public funding. We hope you’ll consider a membership for 2019 so that we may continue to provide this advocacy and these wonderful programs to the community. If you’re interested in volunteering, we can always use a hand. Contact Angie@LongGroveHistory.org, for more information.