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60 days to raise $40,000! – Fundraising campaign begins for Kingsley-Jenter House Community Place

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Kingsley-Jenter House

The Manchester Area Historical Society is eligible for a $40,000 grant from the state  to convert their recently purchased Kingsley-Jenter house into a community space, if they can raise a matching $40,000 before July 7!

On May 9, the Manchester Area Historical Society (MAHS) launched its new fundraising campaign for the Kingsley-Jenter House, its headquarters at 302 E. Main Street. This fund-raiser is specifically focused on creating a repurposed and upgraded community meeting place, which can accommodate many needs in our community for small groups and events in a setting of Manchester area artifacts and displays.

The Historical Society has received approval from the State of Michigan for a “Public Spaces Community Places” grant, wherein the State’s Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan State Housing Development Authority will match funds we raise locally toward improving this public space.

MAHS has set a $40,000 fundraising goal. If they meet the $40,000 goal by July 7, 2016, the state will MATCH the raised funds dollar-for-dollar, giving them an $80,000 budget! But if they don’t reach their goal, the state gives them $0!

The Historical Society needs your help in order to hit this goal by July 7. The state has set up the project through a crowd-funding approach, which allows credit card donations on-line, as well as check or cash donations made directly to the Historical Society, to be credited to the campaign. Full details on the project and an explanatory video are available HERE.

To donate by check or cash and have it count toward the campaign, mail your donations directly to Historical Society at Manchester Area Historical Society, PO Box 56, Manchester, MI 48158. Your check or cash donation will be credited to the campaign fundraising total displayed on-line, if received by July 7.

 To donate by credit card, click on the above webpage link. You can also check in from time-to-time on the webpage and watch their progress towards the goal.

What the money will do:

  • Reroof the building
  • Repair gutters, downspouts, fascia boards and soffits
  • Repair plaster and repaint the main assembly room
  • Purchase furnishings and fixtures for main assembly hall (chairs, tables, cabinets, lighting, projection equipment)
  • Establish a galley/catering room for food service at meetings
  • Create a public gallery and exhibit area
  • Improve ADA accessibility
  • Install new heating and cooling system for the gallery

If you would like to help share this information offline, download this flyer: K-J House Community Space Flyer. Please contact Ray Berg at rayberg@att.net or cell 248-765-9324 with any questions. Thank you!

Visit the Manchester Area Historical Society webpage here. You can also like them on Facebook!

View across the hall into the foyer.

View across the hall into the foyer.

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