The Galloway Township Historical Society continues to seek donations to restore and frame a 70- by 65-inch map of Atlantic County from 1872 that hangs in its museum at 300 E. Jimmie Leeds Road.
Historical society president Rob Reid said the map is a valuable snapshot of that period of time. He is seeking a matching grant for the restoration, which is estimated to cost about $4,900.
The society has raised about $340 in the past month of fundraising but needs to raise the entire amount to get the matching grant.
Reid said Tuesday, March 7 that the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs is willing to reimburse the society $2,400 instead of the $2,000 originally offered for the matching grant.
Proof of the work must be submitted to the county office by Dec. 30 to secure the matching grant, he said.
The map is one of four known to exist, according to Reid. One map hangs in the Stockton University library, another is at the Mays Landing branch of the Atlantic County Library System, and the third is the property of Hamilton Township.
The goal is to be able to use the map for a centerpiece of presentations and to do so without fear that it will be further damaged, he said.
The society is seeking donations and sponsorships. A platinum sponsorship is $2,500, gold is $1,250, silver is $500, bronze is $250, patron is $100 and friend is $50. Donations of $500 or greater include life member status. Sponsors will be listed on the historical society website.
Donations can be mailed to the Galloway Township Historical Society at 366 E. Upland Ave., Galloway, NJ 08205. For information see gallowayhistory.org.
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