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Current Needs

Of The Peoria Historical Society

The Society is a not-for-profit that relies on the generosity of members, businesses, and individuals who not only support the Society financially but also donate their time, goods and services. The Society is not supported by state or federal taxes. Occasionally, we receive Grants for specific needs, but those have either shrunk in amount or disappeared due to the economy. Your financial support, and/or time and services for a specific need is necessary and always appreciated. Contact the Society's office at 309-674-1921 if you would like to help.

Office Needs

Collections Needs: 

Medium format digital camera
Book scanner
Archival storage materials:
    Boxes for objects
    Sleeves of various sizes for pictures and documents
Sponsorships for conservation of:
    Cleaning and repair of paintings
    Cleaning and repair of large stain glass window from Lud Hotel

Data entry help for the Society's Collection. Currently records from 1969 - 2008 (year PastPerfect Museum Software installed) are being entered. Once information is captured, it is updated and then searchable from the Society's website. A few hours a week makes a big difference. Contact Bob Killion, Curator, at 309-674-1921. Or send an email to Curator.  

House Museum Needs

Pettingill-Morron House:

General volunteers are ALWAYS welcome!
Some new window shades
Several folding tables (6 and/or 8 ft) to be used during events
Two file cabinets for storage of records

Archival quality stoarge boxes

Cleaning supplies

Gravel for driveway

Herb plants for a new herb garden for the Spring of 2015

Fresh floral arrangements for the entry during tour season

 

Flanagan House Museum:

Central Air Conditioning to preserve the collection (Urgent need)
New window shades
Repair of wallpaper
Kitchen back porch repair and paint

Exterior window trim repaint
Living room walls repair and paint
Electrical service which functions properly

Paint all downstairs trim, doors, windows
Repair and paint parlor
Repair and paint master bedroom
Cracked windows need replacing
New curtains for parlor (House Manager will do the labor if fabric is donated)

Finished Projects:

1. New Security Systems is installed and working at both homes! 

2. Flanagan House Museum

Tool room expanded and reorganized
Back porch foundation restored
Front porch damaged bricks repaired
Front and back porch decks painted
Many interior windows repaired and repainted
Kitchen floor cover removed to reveal original painted wood floor
Kitchen walls repaired and painted
Most kitchen cabinets and equipment have been replaced with 1920 era pieces
New flower beds have been added and many new plants added in the gardens
Several antique and new light fixtures were added
Some changes to electrical circuits and wiring
Major cleaning of the attic
 

3. Pettengill-Morron House Museum

Front porch and carport roof was replaced
Kitchen porch repaired and painted
Trees close to the house were removed, and dying trees, including a large tree near the entrance, were removed
Kitchen woodwork and windows repaired and painted. Walls repainted, and new curtains hung
Bathrooms repainted
Living room windows repaired and repainted
Garage, basement and attic received major cleaning
Vines were removed from the outside and roof of the garage
New roof on garage overhang
Electrical service wire reattached to the house
Soffit damage repaired
Gift shop windows and walls repaired and painted
Bathroom near gift shop is back in service and no longer a storage room
Trusted Gutter installed new gutters on the front porch and carport 
Hitching post stones near the entrance were moved  just inside the front yard 
New gutters for the kitchen and pantry
Repair of the upper gutters
Cracked windows need replacing
Update kitchen: Paint and materials were provided by Home Depot and labor by volunteers. Thank you!  
Front porch deck was repaired and painted 

Another Way To Help
Give a Tax Deductable Contribution 

1. eBay - Giving Works
2. Contribute through the Society's Website
3. Send a contribution to:
Peoria Historical Society
611 SW Washington Street
Peoria, Illinois  61602
(Checks payable to Peoria Historical Society.)

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