$100,000 Challenge Grant Awarded to the GBHS
through the generosity of the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust
On September 15, 2014, the Great Barrington Historical Society held a press conference to announce that the Society has received a dollar-for-dollar challenge grant up to $100,000 from the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust. The grant kicks off a DOUBLE YOUR DOLLARS
fundraising campaign this month.
This grant is just the boost needed to complete Phase I preservation efforts of the organization's historic Truman Wheeler Farmstead headquarters and to attract additional funding from the state and other private sources that require matching funds to participate.
Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, Fitzpatrick Trust representative Casey Fitzpatrick Meade, members of the press, GBHS executive director Debbie Opperman, and GBHS board members attended the announcement, which was held on the porch of the Truman Wheeler House at the Farmstead.
Phase I focuses on the main house (interior and exterior), and the Dutch wagon house which is attached to the main house. Critical tasks include, but are not limited to, updating electrical service and installing new lighting; constructing a handicap-accessible bathroom, plaster repair, sash replacement, rebuilding the wagon house foundation; and restoration of the rare Dutch roof for use as an education and archival research center. Four rooms of the main house are now open to the public.
The Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust is a nonprofit charitable trust located in Stockbridge, Mass.