Historical Society Is Seeking Your Votes

by CYNTHIA KMETT

It’s been a number of years now that the Troy Historical Society has had to be the major financial support for the Troy Historic Village. While it gets some support from the city, especially for maintaining the buildings that the city owns, it’s still not enough to provide all the wonderful programs offered at the Village, including programs for over 12,000 school children each year. And, aren’t you looking forward to the annual Halloween party next month, and the Hanging of the Greens for the holiday season?

Here’s a fundraising effort that’s easy to support, all you need is a computer or smart phone or that handy iPad and a willingness to keep up the effort.

You can help the Troy Historical Society raise $10,000 in four weeks for the Troy Historic Village! All you have to do is VOTE for the Troy Historical Society in the Bank of Ann Arbor’s Birminhelps Charity drive. Bank of Ann Arbor recently opened a branch in Birmingham and is reaching out to Oakland County non-profits as part of greeting its new neighbors.

It’s simple to vote and help the Village:

Between Sept 11 and 24 go to wshe.es/QiAt47jO and vote for the Troy Historical Society. Each person can vote once a day, every day during that period. The 15 Oakland County nonprofit organizations with the most votes go to Round 2.

Then from Sept 29 to Oct 12 go to wshe.es/QiAt47jO and vote for THS again. Each person can vote once a day, each day during that period.

After Round 2, cash prizes are awarded to 15 organizations with the most votes:

$10,000 to the top 5

$3,500 to the next 5

$1,500 to the last 5

“What’s even more exciting, is that any amount the Historical Society is awarded will be matched dollar for dollar by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)!” explained Executive Director Loraine Campbell. “In 2016 the Historical Society was awarded an NEH Challenge grant. The Society must earn $50,000 by April 30, 2018. Those funds, plus the $50,000 from NEH will be used between 2018 and 2021 to expand program capacity and financial sustainability for Village operations. That plan, provided in the original grant proposal, was approved by NEH.

To date, the Society has raised over $35,000. “A first place award of $10,000 will put us very close to our financial goal,” added THS Treasurer John Lavender, noting that NEH will match that amount to put $20,000 in the Society’s coffers.

Please vote for THS. Bank of Ann Arbor will not share your information. There is no cost to you. If you have not used social media, you can vote at the Village. Staff and volunteers will help you and we promise free coffee, tea and cookies for drop-ins or call 248-524-3570 with questions.

Troy Historic Village is located at 60 West Wattles Rd., just west of Livernois. The Village is open year-round and showcases ten historic structures in a charming five-acre complex. Visitors of all ages can explore Michigan history by witnessing and sharing the lifestyles of the pioneers who established homes and farms in rural Troy Township during the 1800s. Troy Historic Village serves the counties of Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb, providing a memorable and interactive experience for all visitors. Offering a wide variety of activities for children and a diverse range of lectures and events for adults, the Village aims to enhance appreciation of history while using Troy’s rich and evolving story as a backdrop. Their goal is to conserve local history, connect the community with heritage and continue outstanding educational programs.

Established in 1966, the Troy Historical Society (THS) has demonstrated its commitment to preserving Troy’s pioneer era and heritage by transforming itself from a club interested in history to a governance body overseeing the operations of Troy Historic Village. Society members have contributed over $1.3 million to acquire, relocate, and construct almost all of the 11 historical facilities in the Village. The Society maintains a close working relationship with the City of Troy through a renewable five-year management agreement.