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Galena Foundation
Galena

 

 
   
 

 

In 1980, in response to growing tourism rates and increasing development pressures, a group of local citizens intent on preserving the city’s historic structures came together to devise a long-range plan for this distinctive community in northwest Illinois. Incorporated in 1982, the Galena Foundation has had over 25 years of success educating the public on the significance of their local architecture and raising funds for its ongoing maintenance.

The money raised has been put back into the community through matching grants for historic preservation projects, including the restoration of Old Firehouse #1; the Grant Park gazebo, a fountain, and several monuments; roofing and mechanical upgrades for the Galena History Museum; and the archival preservation of historic Galena area photographs donated by several local collectors. In keeping with their original goal, the volunteers at the foundation have collectively raised an endowment surpassing $500,000 to ensure the continued financial support of community preservation projects. 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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