Support of History Center continues to grow as organization kicks off 2014-15 Heritage Education Fund Drive
The History Center has kicked off its 2014-15 Heritage Education Fund Drive after completing a record breaking year with $133,331 raised to provide free tours of the History Center to all kindergarten to 12th grade students in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, and Steuben counties.
“Nearly 300 foundations, private donors, and local companies, including a record 46 corporate sponsors, gave to the 2013-2014 annual campaign,” said Todd Maxwell Pelfrey, executive director.
“Last school year the 209 school groups that toured the museum free of charge marked the second highest annual school group attendance on record and the 55 groups that toured in fall 2013 is by far the most school groups to tour the museum in a fall
Thanks to community support of HEF, in July, 2013 the decade-old fund hit its one millionth dollar raised from thousands of local individuals, foundations and companies.
Over 65,000 students, representing over 2,000 classes, have visited the museum since 2003. Each student touring the museum through the free field trip program is given a Discovery Guide which provides a coupon for an additional free return visit for the student when accompanied by an adult.
The 28th annual Festival of Gingerbread came close to breaking records, despite Winter Storm Electra, which struck over the final weekend of the event. Just 40 visitors shy of record attendance set in 2011 for FOG, 12,320 guests experienced the record 149 gingerbread creations on display at the museum.
The History Center has expanded its educational offerings to the community by a new group of virtual exhibits available on the organization’s website home page. The virtual exhibits join the History Center blog, “History Center Notes and Queries”, as another vehicle for learning more about Allen County and Fort Wayne history. The blog is available at http://historycenterfw.blogspot.com/.
The virtual exhibits and the blog supplement the Mather Lectures and the History Center’s publications such as the “Old Fort News”, providing information for those wishing to know more about our community as they explore the museum and other historical sites in the city and county. New posts to the virtual exhibits and blog can also be found via the History Center’s Facebook page.
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